A full 3 minutes after I slipped on the 24.42-carat vintage beauty, I tore my eyes from it and looked around. The three other women and two men present in the room at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai—where it was being showcased—were all silently, longingly, staring at my finger.
As its designer, Harry Winston (yes, the one who figures in Marilyn Monroe’s famous song Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend), once said about his creations: “People will stare. Make it worth the while.”
Later, as I researched the diamond ring going under the hammer at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on 17 April, I learned that Winston was infamous for once sending a 726-carat rough diamond, The Jonker, through the US postal service. Now, his designs have aged and acquired the texture, look and power of classics.
Christie’s, too, has lined up two major jewellery auctions this year—in London (15 April) and in Hong Kong (28 May)—which will feature a 101.27-carat diamond, the largest colourless diamond to be auctioned in 18 years.
Bidders are waiting.