The First Colored Diamond Worn by a Woman
It’s hard to for me to imagine a time when only men wore diamonds but sometimes fact can be stranger than fiction. It wasn’t until Charles VII of France gave a 5 carat pink to his mistress Agnes Sorel, in the XVth Century that women started to wear diamonds, let alone Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds! This was major history in the making – not only was it a cut diamond, but Ms. Sorel did not come from nobility and gasp was not married. Looks like Charles VII also single-handedly changed the gift-giving between men and women forever.
About Pink Diamonds:
Until the recent discovery of pink diamonds in Australia, most pink diamonds were very pastel. You really had to use your imagination or see the stone in the perfect light to see a hint of pink. Most dealers believed true pink stones would probably be never found more than once or twice a century. Occasionally, by properly mounting the stone, the diamond appeared pinker. In the early 1980s Australia, known for low-quality small diamonds, discovered a minute fraction of their output was pink. In no time, this new supply of pink diamonds hit the market. Compared to pink diamonds from India, Brazil, and South Africa, these stones were obviously pink. Gem collectors went crazy!
As a general rule, the new Australian diamonds tend to be small. Many collectors who would never buy a white diamond under one carat, fought over each other to buy Australian pink diamonds under 1 carat. Most Australian diamonds over 2 carats are pastel, and those which are fancy pink cost a small fortune.
Can you imagine what Agnes’ pink diamond would be worth today?