When actor-director Ben Affleck popped the question to Jennifer Lopez, he started an obsession for pink diamond. This is a color, which J Lo prefers, so Affleck had a ring made with a pink diamond for her. The stone weighs just above 6 carats, has a fancy intense color and a radiant cut. It is positioned at the center of J Lo’s engagement ring with white diamond accents to boot. It is one of the most beautiful radiant cut diamond engagement rings too.
It is also the rarest of all rare pink diamonds for a few reasons. Firstly, Jennifer Lopez was not just another celebrity; she was a global icon with a massive following. A photograph of her wearing the sparkler along with a matching outfit still does the rounds online.
Of course, pink diamond is very popular to today’s audience, but back when J Lo got engaged, this was not the case. Many were not aware of this rare colored stone. The world’s most popular diamond then and now is a blue 45-carat sparkler nicknamed the ‘Hope Diamond’. It is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The pink diamond is no unknown commodity today, though, as it was in the past.
The stone entered a much-rarified category. To say a quality and naturally occurring “fancy” color stone is rare is an understatement. Interestingly, the number of paintings by Picasso exceeds that of exceptional pink diamonds, weighing above 1 carat. That said, it has to be noted that the pink rock is not sitting in some museum, only to be objected by a particular category of audience called art lovers.
Jennifer Lopez’s pink sparkler often gets credit for causing more interest in fancy color diamonds. Her engagement ring from Affleck was one among the first occasions in which this amazing stone made global news. Today it appears that a colored stone breaks the record yearly. These are the world’s most sought-after diamonds, which incite bidding wars. Ten years ago, a Vivid Pink diamond with cushion shape was auctioned at Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong region for a whopping $11 million. In 2017, another such stone weighing 15 carats sold for almost thrice the money.
The high bids which the pink-colored stone have been getting can be attributed to Jennifer Lopez, the person who started the trend. The diamond industry sees her as a pink diamond influencer, and for good reason.