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The Winston Diamond

Jul 14th, 2013

The Winston Diamond

When Lillian Ross profiled Harry Winston in  The New Yorker in 1954- this is the stone being described. It was cut from a 154.5 carat rock found in 1951 at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa in 1951. Harry Winston bough it in London in 1953 for a very affordable $230k. It was cut into a beautiful 62.5 carat heart-shape, and sold to a certain “King of Saudi Arabia”- probably Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud- who ruled from 1953-1964. The King supposedly returned the diamond 18 months later in part payment for around $2M in jewellery sold to him by Harry Winston.

The King explained that he really need 4 big diamonds exactly alike- one for each of this 4 wives. Shortly afterwards, it was sold to a private owner in Canada.

Current whereabouts unknown.

 

 

 

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