Mouawad Lilac Diamond

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Origin of Name

Mouawad Lilac diamond is one of the eight eponymous diamonds bearing the name Mouawad, derived from the name Robert Mouawad, the head of the world renowned international gem and jewelry dealers, the Mouawad Jewelers, established in 1890 by his grandfather Daoud Mouawad. Robert Mouawad is also a connoisseur and collector of diamonds with a magnificent collection of famous, historic as well as other rare diamonds.

Mouawad Lilac diamond

Mouawad Lilac diamond

Characteristics of the stone

The Mouawad Lilac is a 24.44-carat, emerald-cut diamond with a color grading of fancy pink. It's perhaps the 7th largest pink diamond in the world. See table below.

List of famous pink diamonds

S/No Name

Carat Weight

Color

1 Darya-i-Nur 186 light pink
2 Nur-ul-Ain 60 light pink
3 Steinmetz pink 59.60 fancy vivid pink
4 Shah Jahaan 56.71 light pink
5 Agra 32.34 fancy light pink
6 Pink Sunrise 29.79 fancy pink
7 Mouawad Lilac 24.44 fancy pink
8 Graff Pink Orchid 22.84 fancy purplish pink
9 Mouawad Pink 21.06 fancy pink
10 Hortensia 20.00 light orange pink
11 Conde Pink 9.01 light pink

The Mouawad lilac, being a pink diamond, is a Type IIa diamond. These diamonds are Nitrogen-free, and are supposed to be absolutely colorless, but plastic deformation in the crystal structure has imparted the pink color to the diamonds. However the occurrence of these diamonds is much less than 0.1 % of all naturally occurring diamonds. Thus pink diamonds are very rare in occurrence. A statistical estimate at the argyle diamond mines has revealed that only a single carat of pink diamond is produced for every one million carats of rough diamonds.

History

The early history of the diamond such as the country of origin, the mine of origin, date of discovery etc. are not known, but the diamond most probably originated in South Africa, which was the main source of pink diamonds in the 20th century. The diamond first made it's appearance on 5th June 1976, at a Sotheby's auction in Zurich, Switzerland, and after a successful bidding was purchased by Robert Mouawad for 2.700,000 Swiss francs, equivalent to US $ 1, 088,710. The current estimated value of the stone is US $ 20 million. Robert Mouawad has added the stone to his rare and unique collection of historic and rare diamonds.

Robert Mouwad's collection of diamonds

S/N

Name

carat weight color

Shape/Cut

1 Jubilee 245.35 D-color cushion
2 Premier rose 137.02 D-color pear
3 Queen of Holland 135.92 D-color cushion
4 Mouawad Magic 108.81 D-color emerald
5 Unnamed 106.00  modified pear
6 Mouawad Monolith 104.02  emerald
7 Mouawad Splendor 101.84 D-color pear
8 Ahmedabad 78.86 D-color pear
9 Excelsior I 69.68 D-color pear
10 Taylor-Burton 68.07 D-color pear
11 Mouawad Mondera 60.19 D-color pear
12 Star of Abdul Aziz 59.00 D-color pear
13 Mouawad White 48.28 D-color marquise
14 Indore Pears I 46.95 D-color pear
15 Indore Pears II 46.70 D-color pear
16 President Vargas 44.17  emerald
17 Mouawad Blue 42.92 fancy blue pear
18 Mouawad Lilac 24.44 fancy pink emerald
19 Mouawad Pink 21.06 fancy pink radiant

In terms of carat weight the Mouawad Lilac occupies the 18th position in the above table, but is only one of two rare pink diamonds in the collection. Except for the Darya-i-Nur which weighs 186 carats, all other pink diamonds in the world are less than 100 carats in weight. In spite of it's relatively smaller weight of 24.44 carats, the Mouawad Lilac is the 7th largest pink diamond in the world.

List of Mouawad eponymous diamonds

S/N

Name Carat Weight Shape/Cut

Color

1 Mouawad Magic 108.81 emerald D-color
2 Mouawad Monolith 104.02 emerald 
3 Mouawad Splendor 101.84 pear D-color
4 Mouawad Mondera 60.19 pear D-color
5 Mouawad white 48.28 marquise D-color
6 Mouawad blue 42.92 pear fancy blue
7 Mouawad Lilac 24.44 emarald fancy pink
8 Mouawad Pink 21.06 radiant fancy pink

The Mouawad Lilac is the 7th largest eponymous diamond in the Mouawad's collection of diamonds.

Robert Mouawad, first showed an interest in international jewelry auctions in the 1970s. His entry into the jewelry auctions was a welcome development for the auctioneers and auction houses, but perhaps a source of concern for fellow bidders and competitors. His very presence in the sales room was enough cause for anxiety among fellow bidders. He became a significant player at these auctions, and together with his contemporaries, Laurence Graff of London, and Sheik Ahmed Fitaihi of Jeddah, was responsible for some of the highest prices for diamonds recorded at these auctions, in recent years.

His initial interest was in the purchase of historical and world famous diamonds. Thus he was able to acquire the following historical diamonds at various auctions :- the Ahmedabad, the Indore Pears, Queen of Holland, Tereschenko, the Jubilee, the Excelsior, and President Vargas.

Later he diverted his attention towards the acquisition of rare colored, modern cut diamonds of recent origin. Most of these diamonds became eponymous diamonds starting with the name Mouawad. There are eight eponymous diamonds in Robert Mouawad's rare and magnificent collection of diamonds. Back to Famous Diamonds,Gemstones and Pearls

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