Flawless pink diamond sells for £51,82000000


The Pink Star DiamondWith pink being my favourite colour, there was no way I was going to miss this story on the news! This beautiful gem will certainly never be forgotten and it is a piece that all of us (except one lucky lady) can only ever dream about owning. I think I would be terrified to wear it wouldn't you?! But I'd certainly give it a good go… imagine!

Dubbed the 'Pink Star', the huge diamond mounted 59.6 carat was bought by an unnamed man in an auction in Geneva on behalf of an anonymous person he represented. The gemstone was sold at Sotherby's semi annual jewellery sale which took place in a heavily guarded hotel show room.

As the hammer was brought down on the auction, the bid was declared a world record – the highest amount ever paid for a diamond, including commission fees. It exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £38.07 million and smashed the previous record held by the Graff Pink – a 24.78 carat pink diamond bought by London based jeweller Laurence Graff in 2010 for 45.44 million Swiss francs!

The Pink Star was cut and polished from a 132.5 carat rough diamond mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999. I just had to let you know about it in case you missed it last week in the media!

Hope your Christmas shopping is going well and I can't believe its only six weeks until Christmas day. I just can't wait… I love Christmas!

Keep warm!

Jill Xxx


  1. Susan Cook December 6, 2013 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Lola Rose Lark Earrings in Montana
    Jill, sorry to bother you as I know you must be horrendously busy.
    But do you remember your last show with Nikki, it was just after you and Catherine got the giggles, over the colours of some bracelets.
    Just after, you modelled the Lark earrings and you wore the Montana ones and said that the pair didn’t match, and that on Strictly, Darcey Bussell had had a mismatched pair of earrings on and your husband said “she’s got odd earrings on”, and you told him they are supposed to be like that.
    I did order a pair in Montana and they are lovely. But as you know all the stones are different. Do you know what happened to the pair you modelled and if I could have those ones please? I don’t know if they are kept back to be modelled in future shows or go to the staff shop? I am not bothered about any H&S issues. I will even come to Chiswick to collect, i am desperate for those earrings. i know you are as passionate about LR as i am.
    thanks Jill, can’t you present everything on QVC!
    Susan Cook

  2. Sue Wright December 8, 2013 at 2:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill – do u remember last January I was in Florida at the same time as you and the weather was fantastic ? Well here I am again for my daughters wedding and the sun is shining for us – the locals say it is the best December for years weatherwise! You asked for photos so I will email you a few when we get home- it was the best day of our lives (my husbands words)! Aahhh!

  3. jill franks December 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sue,
    Hope you are well.
    WOW I am soooo jealous.
    Congratulations to you and your family. What a way to get Married. lucky girl.
    Where is the wedding in Florida?
    We are going in March and counting the days.
    Please send through some pics to my QVC EMAIL.
    Cant wait to see them.
    Lots of love

  4. Morag Winchester December 16, 2013 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill, just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your shows on QVC, and wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Love Morag xx

  5. Marie brereton January 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Really hope you find scruncher, seen your pictures of them they are both lovely, have a bull dog my self couldn’t bear to loose him.

  6. Carol Maguire January 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about Scruncher. I know how much he means to you. I hope and pray for a swift and safe recovery.

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