In the Red
Goldberg cuts the "world's most important diamond"
In a year when colored diamonds have danced in the media spotlight, another
momentous event has propelled the importance of the rare gems.
The William Goldberg Diamond Corporation has cut the largest red diamond
ever graded by the GIA Gem Trade Lab, a 5.11-ct. stone cut from a piece
of Brazilian rough weighing 13.90 carats. Goldberg acquired the rough in
1997 and studied it for several months before choosing its shield shape.
"We cut it in a way that would bring out the most color," says
The stone "may be the world's most important diamond," according
to fancy colored diamond expert Harvey Harris of Fancoldi in Ramat Gan,
Israel. Fancoldi's 3.16-ct. round intense purplish-red diamond previously
held the record as the largest known red diamond.
The 5.11-ct. diamond has been sold to an unidentified collector for an
by Stacey King
This 5.11-ct. red diamond, the largest ever graded by the Gemological
Institute of America, may be the world's most important diamond to date.
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