Israeli diamond company Leibish will display its extremely rare purple diamond at the Hong Kong Jewelry and Gem Fair in September. The diamond, which potentially would fetch $4 million, is called “The Purple Orchid” after Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2014. Purple diamonds are quite rare, and the raw stone was found in South Africa, one of only three countries where purple diamonds have been discovered. While similarly-colored gems are found in Brazil in Russia, they tend to have orange or bluish tints, while those from South Africa have the purest purple shade.
The original rock’s weight was four carats, and Leibish & Co spent four months preparing and polishing the diamond from its raw state to the stunning finished product.