The Queen, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was rarely seen without a brooch, and her collection included several classic pieces. The monarch was said to treasure the Williamson Diamond Brooch, a wedding gift that she wore on important occasions throughout her reign. The Williamson Diamond Brooch was worn by the Queen during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, and again at the wedding of her eldest child, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, in 1981. The Queen wore the brooch to welcome former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the UK in later years. Because of its sparkling centrepiece, a rare pink diamond, this jewel is instantly recognisable.
We Love Diamonds' spokesperson stated: "We Love Diamonds thinks the Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch is a particularly lovely and intriguing piece. "Queen Elizabeth II was a well-known fan of this work. "This magnificent diamond brooch later featured (with the assistance of Cartier) the world's largest pink diamond (almost 55 carats and worth nearly £30 million). "Dr. John Williamson of Canada presented the diamond to the Queen as an uncut stone as a wedding gift.
"She then had it cut and made into a diamond brooch, which was bedazzled with over 200 individual diamonds." The pink diamond was cut down to a 23.6-carat round brilliant to serve as the flower's centre. White diamond petals surround the stone, while white baguette-cut diamonds form the flower's stalk. Some claim that the iconic diamond inspired the Pink Panther diamond from the 1963 film.
Sotheby's in Hong Kong sold another pink diamond from the Williamson mine for a large sum this year. The majority of pink diamonds found are in the Faint Pink to Fancy Pink colour range. The Williamson Pink Star, on the other hand, received a Fancy Vivid Pink colour grade and an Internally Flawless clarity. The Williamson Pink Star, weighing 11.15 carats, fetched £52 million ($57.7 million, including the auction premium), a world record price, according to Forbes.
"This is an astounding result, proving the resilience of top diamonds in a shaky economy," Tobias Kormind, managing director of London jeweller 77 Diamonds, told the Guardian. "When you consider an alluring link to Queen Elizabeth, rising pink diamond prices due to their increasing scarcity, and the backdrop of an unstable global economy." The Winston Pink Legacy, an 18.96-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond, is another well-known pink diamond.
Harry Winston, a well-known jewellery brand, paid $50 million (£38.5 million) for the diamond at a Christie's auction in 2018. The diamond is set in rose gold and platinum and is flanked on either side by colourless diamonds.