The world’s largest D color flawless diamond ever offered at auction is scheduled to go under the hammer at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15th. The 101.73 carat pear shaped marvel, being offered for the first time, has pre-sale estimates in the $20 million range.
“A perfect diamond is the result of the skill and vision of a master cutter who is able to uncover beauty from a rough gem.” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Switzerland and Americas. “This diamond is in its scale, quality and rarity one of the most beautiful white diamonds Christie’s has ever had the honor of offering for sale,” he added.
Discovered at the Jwaneng Mine in Botswana, the diamond was carved from a 236 carat rough and took nearly 2 years to polish. The Gemological Institute of America has given the stone the highest grades in both color and clarity and according to Chrisitie’s it has been “sculpted like a work of art”. The chemically pure type IIA gem radiates a rare inner brilliance unique to fewer than 2 percent of the world’s diamonds.
The stone is set to join the ranks of some of the world’s most famous diamonds and the buyer will have the privilege of initiating its legacy with a name.
Over the past few years fine gemstones have risen in demand at auction. In November 2012, the internally flawless and colorless 76 carat Archduke Joseph Diamond sold for a world breaking record of $21.5 million.