Sotheby’s sells a maxi 100 ct round diamond in London ♦ ︎
Do you have any savings? Are you bored of buying the usual earrings from the jeweler at home? Would you like to stand out? Here’s the right opportunity, provided you have around thirty million dollars. In London, Sotheby’s is solding an outstanding colorless 102.34 carat diamond. It is considered by experts as the greatest and purest of all time, the rarest white diamond arrived on the market. But the auction house decided not to auction the precious stone. Those who want to buy it can go directly to Sotheby’s, in New Bond Street, London. The sale price is expected to exceed 30 million dollars, which is the current auction record for a white diamond, achieved in 2013 in a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.
The diamond for sale has a round, brilliant cut, and has obtained the highest marks for cut, color and transparency of the Gemological Institute of America. In short, it is free of defects and has been classified as type 11a. Diamonds of this type, even if small, are less than 2% of all the diamonds extracted. The stone was made from an even larger 425-carat diamond found in a De Beers mine in Botswana. Six months of work were needed to cut this giant diamond.
According to Patti Wong, founder and president of Sotheby’s Diamonds, “This stone is over 100 carats of flawless perfection. In the course of my long career, which has brought me close to some of the greatest stones the earth has ever yielded, I have not encountered anything quite like this. With its outstanding weight, its perfect colour, clarity and cut, it is a masterpiece of nature brought to life by human hand, blazing with a brilliant firework-like display of almost every colour on the spectrum – mesmerising to behold. It is a huge privilege to mark the first anniversary of our London Salon with the exhibition of such a superlative stone.” Federico Graglia