The Pumpkin Diamond – 11 Carats of Rough – Halloween Carved Pumpkin

Pumpkin diamond

11 Carats of Diamond carved into a Pumpkin

How was the Pumpkin diamond discovered?

The Pumpkin Diamond was found in South Africa in the 1990s. As far as we can tell, the diamond was first discovered by a farmer. Unlikely he was a Pumpkin farmer!

The diamond in the 11.0cts of rough was a prominent brown colour with only flashes of orange. Once cut into the Cushion Modified Brilliant it weighed 5.54cts. The polished Diamond, described as strong vivid orange in colour.

Subsequently, the diamond sold the day before Halloween in 1998. The buyer, Harry Winston, named the incredible stone the Pumpkin Diamond. 

The Pumpkin diamond and other extraordinary diamonds

This collection of extraordinary gem diamonds was on temporary display at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, during Summer 2003. Counter-clockwise from center, the 203.04 ct De Beers Millennium Star (courtesy of De Beers LV), the 59.60 ct Fancy Vivid pink Steinmetz Pink (courtesy of Steinmetz Group), the 27.64 ct Fancy Vivid blue Heart of Eternity (courtesy of a private collector), 5.54 ct Fancy Vivid orange Pumpkin (courtesy of Harry Winston Inc.), the 5.11 ct Fancy red Moussaieff Red (courtesy of House of Moussaieff), the 5.51 ct Fancy Deep blue-green Ocean Dream (courtesy of Cora Diamond Corp.), and the 101.29 ct Fancy Vivid yellow Allnatt (courtesy of SIBA Corp.). Photo by Chip Clark, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution. Article and image credit by John M. King and James E. Shigley 

Article and Images Credit GIA ‘AN IMPORTANT EXHIBITION OF SEVEN RARE GEM DIAMONDS’ 

Selection of 7 rare gem diamonds including the Pumpkin diamond in the foreground

What ever happened to the Pumpkin diamond?

Once cut, the Pumpkin diamond went into a ring between two white diamonds. Halle Berry loaned the stunning piece to wear at the 2002 Academy Awards. Interestingly, she won an Oscar for best actress. 

The largest vivid orange coloured diamond

The Pumpkin diamond remains the largest vivid orange coloured diamond ever examined by GIA. When exposed to ultraviolet radiation, the diamond emitted moderate orange fluorescence to long-wave UV. In addition, weak-to-moderate orange fluorescence to short-wave UV. Furthermore, after turning off the UV lamp, observers noted a weak yellow phosphorescence.

The diamond itself presents cloud-like and needle-like inclusions. However, a lack of information exists about the clarity grade. This is due to the most recent buyer in 2005 remaining anonymous. 

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.