Diamonds are one of the world’s best-known and most precious and sought-after gemstones since ancient times. And this was validated at the Christie’s event in Geneva. At the event, a 163-carat diamond – the largest of its kind – has been sold at a whopping price of USD 33.7 million! It has been set in a necklace which has been called The Art of de Grisogono. The dazzling necklace is made of 18 diamonds on one side and a dual row of pear-shaped emeralds on the other. Christie’s said that the designer took more than 1,700 hours to make to make the necklace. Not surprisingly, the intricately designed necklace was desired by many and exceeded the pre-sales prediction of USD 30 million. The identity of the buyer, however, has not been revealed.
The diamond was first taken from a 404-carat stone that was found in the African nation of Angola last year. Lucapa, the Australian diamond company which mined the stone, says that the diamond originally measured over seven centimetres in length, which makes it the largest diamond ever discovered in Angola. It is also the 27th largest rough diamond ever discovered.
The colourless diamond was then analysed for many months by diamond cleaver Ben Green. He began splitting the rough diamond into two in June last year and eventually polished the diamond down to an emerald-cut. The finished piece of jewellery comprises white gold, diamond and emeralds and has been designed by Swiss jewellery maker de Grisogono.
Founder of the Swiss jewellery maker, Fawaz Gruosi, has described the gem as “the most beautiful diamond in the world. He also said that it also gave him a big headache as there was an immense pressure of ‘dressing’ such an amazing diamond and doing something out of the box, as reported by Sky News. This diamond has previously been displayed for public viewing in Hong Kong, London, Dubai and New York.