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The Pink Sunrise

Mar 12th, 2013

The Pink Sunrise

Gabi Tolkowsky needs no introduction in the world of diamond cutting. With the Pink Sunrise, he pays homage to the 273.85 carat Centenary Diamond. This rare, 29.79 carat flawless pink diamond is very similar to the Centenary Diamond.

The origin of the name “Pink Sunrise” is unknown as are other important details of this rare and unique diamond which first made its appearance at the beginning of the 21st century. Perhaps, the name seems to reflect the unique color of this diamond, which is reminiscent of the shades of pink and red colors associated with the sun’s appearance in the early morning eastern skies.

Besides the color, cut, clarity and weight of the diamond, nothing else is known about the early history of the Pink Sunrise. We don’t really know its date of discovery, country of origin, mine of origin, original owners of the diamond, circumstances of the discovery etc.

A casual inspection of the photographs of the “Pink Sunrise” and the “Centenary” diamonds immediately reveals a striking similarity in their shapes. This similarity is not a matter of coincidence, but caused by deliberate design, as the two stones were cut by the same world renowned master cutter Gabi Tolkowsky, who lives in Antwerp, Belgium, and hails from a family of diamond cutters, with five new diamond cuts to his credit. Gabi Tolkowsky has also earned the rare distinction of cutting the world’s largest faceted diamond, the 545.67 carat, fancy yellow brown, IF clarity, cushion shaped diamond, the “Golden Jubilee”, which was presented to the King of Thailand, by his subjects in 1997, to mark the Golden Jubilee of his Coronation. Tolkowsky referred to the cushion-cut employed on the “Golden Jubilee” as a “fire rose cushion-cut.”

According to Gabi Tolkowsky, the “Pink Sunrise” was the first rare and unique historical diamond that was ready to appear at the beginning of the 21st century. The cutting and polishing of the “Pink Sunrise” into a modified heart shape took more than a year, in spite of the smaller size and carat weight of the rough stone. Even though the shape of the two diamonds was strikingly similar, the “Pink Sunrise” had its own individual beauty, with its own pattern of facets and design.

Gabi Tolkowsky is reported to have said that the inspiration which he gets to select an appropriate design for a rough stone, from a range of available cuts, result from an imposed fact. According to him, “every diamond large or small is a unique individual. None is similar to another. The shape, volume, hue and purity in the rough appearance have a combined effect on the mind. All what happens is the fact of revolving the rough stone between two or three finger and peering onto and into it, with the small folding hand loupe.” The greatest challenge to the cutter is to reveal the hidden potential and beauty of the rough stone by selecting the appropriate cut.

Perhaps being a new discovery, the stone doesn’t have any legend or history associated with it, but without any doubt it has the potential of becoming a famous diamond, and building its own legends as it passes down from generation to generation.


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