Pink diamonds and other fancy color diamonds have been catapulted to prominence in recent years--and most people attribute their popularity to Jennifer Lopez' former pink diamond engagement ring from actor Ben Affleck.
Not so fast, gem historians tell us. Once upon a time in 1947 to be exact, a blushing young princess Elizabeth was given a 54 carat pink diamond found in Tanganyika as a wedding present. It was later cut into an exceptional 23.6 carat round brilliant and used as the centerpiece of a magnificent flower motif diamond brooch by Cartier.
This remains a favorite and sentimental piece of personal jewelry that Her Majesty enjoys wearing today as shown here in a recent official photo of the Monarch greeting President and First Lady Obama in Buckingham Palace.