The Moussaieff Red Diamond

May 14th, 2009 - 12:31 am ICT by GD  

Of all the Fancy reds rated by the Gemological Institute of America, the Moussaieff red diamond is the largest, “It is the largest Fancy Red, natural color diamond that we have graded as of the date the report was issued.”. It currently stands at 5.11 carats with a triangular brilliant cut. The red diamond was first found by a Brazilian farmer in the 1990s and it weighed 13.9 roughly carats . The William Goldberg Diamond Corporation, known for its famous stones like the Premier Rose and the Guinea Star, bought and cut this diamond. The triangular brilliant cut was also called a trillion or a trilliant cut and for some time the diamond was called the Red Shield.

In 2001 or 2002 (the exact date is not known) Moussaeiff Jewellers Ltd. purchased the diamond and renamed it the Moussaeiff Diamond. The firm has no websites but is famous for its multi-million dollar pieces of gems and jewelry in the US and elsewhere. The diamond then traveled to the Smithsonian Museum where it was an exhibit in 2003 in The Splendor of Diamonds. The exhibition went on from June 27, 2003 to September 30th and featured, besides the Moussaieff Red, other unusually colored diamonds such as the De Beers Millennium Star, the Heart of Eternity, the Pumpkin Diamond, the Allnatt Diamond, the Ocean Dream, and the Steinmetz Pink.

A British gemologist, Michael Hing, who had personally inspected the stone said, “Its a really surprising cranberry color, quite unlike any other diamond I’ve ever seen.”

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