THE DYNASTY DIAMOND
In early August, 2017, Alrosa introduced The Dynasty – five diamonds created from a 179-carat rough diamond named The Romanovs, and recovered from Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe in Yakutia in 2015.
According to the miner, “There was a good reason to choose the name for the collection, which is connected with ALROSA’s intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship and filigree since the Russia’s first cutting and polishing factory founded by Peter I early in the 18th century”.
An Historic Diamond
The centerpiece of the collection, also named The Dynasty, is a 51.38-carat traditional round brilliant-cut diamond – “the purest of all large diamonds manufactured throughout the Russian jewelry history”, according to Alrosa. The Dynasty diamond has 57 facets, and was graded Triple Excellent, D, VVS1 by the GIA. According to the Russian miner, “it is unprecedented in the history of Russia […] the most expensive diamond with the best clarity characteristics ever cut in our country”.
Other diamonds in the collection include a 16.67-carat round brilliant-cut diamond, named The Sheremetevs; The Orlovs, a 5.05-carat oval diamond; The Vorontsovs, a 1.73-carat pear-cut diamond; and The Yusupovs, a 1.39-carat diamond. Sergey Ivanov, President of Alrosa, said: “[…] The Dynasty [diamond] has become the purest of the largest diamonds throughout the history of jewelry in our country […] It took a year and a half to create the collection […] Less than 1% of diamonds in the world have such characteristics as color D and clarity VVS1. And such characteristics of polished diamonds obtained from one rough diamond are exceptional. To be sure, it is a masterpiece of Russian polishers”.
Pavel Vinikhin, Director of Diamonds ALROSA, said that the creation of the Dynasty diamond “gives a start to a new stage in the development of ALROSA’s cutting division that will actively develop polishing of extra-large and colored diamonds”.