LARGEST EVER D-FLAWLESS DIAMOND RAKES IN $33.7 MILLION
Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva made history on Tuesday (November 14), when a 163.41-carat D-color flawless diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace created by de GRISOGONO, sold for $33.7 million. “The Art of de GRISOGONO” necklace features the largest flawless D-color diamond ever to come to auction.
The 163.41 carat stone was cut from a 404 carats-rough, which was discovered in February 2016 in the Lulo mine in Angola. According to Christie’s, the stone is the 27th biggest rough white diamond ever discovered, and the largest in Angola. The rough was cut in New York by a team of 10 diamond-cutting specialists. The necklace took over 1700 hours to create and involved a team of 14 craftsmen.
Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewels, commented in the past: “Over our 251 year history, Christie’s has had the privilege of handling the world’s rarest and most historic diamonds. The sensational 163.41 carat perfect diamond suspended from an elegant emerald and diamond necklace propels de GRISOGONO into a class of their own”.
According to multiple news sources, Christie’s sold 226 lots for a total of approximately $106.6 million.