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228-carat diamond headed to auction

The largest white diamond ever go under the hammer is set to take centre stage next month as part of Christie’s Luxury Week. Photo courtesy Christie’s
A 228.31-carat diamond might fetch between US$20 and 30 million at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels.
Photo courtesy Christie’s

The largest white diamond ever go under the hammer is set to take centre stage next month as part of Christie’s Luxury Week.

Weighing 228.31 carats, ‘The Rock’ carries a pre-show estimate of US$20 to 30 million. The G colour, VS1 clarity diamond, which was mined and polished in South Africa more than two decades ago, is accompanied by a letter from the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA), stating it is the largest existing D-Z colour pear-shaped diamond ever graded by the laboratory.

“The Rock will join the very best of legendary gemstones which have passed through Christie’s global salerooms since 1766,” says Christie’s international head of jewellery, Rahul Kadakia. “The market for diamonds is particularly vibrant and we are confident this sensational gemstone will capture the attention of collectors across the globe this spring season.”

The diamond will be revealed at Christie’s Dubai from March 26 to 29, then tour to Taipei and Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It will be on display to the public during Christie’s Luxury Week in Geneva starting May 6 and auctioned as part of the Geneva Magnificent Jewels on May 11.

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The previous auction record for the largest white diamond was 163.41 carats, which sold at Christie’s Geneva in 2017 for US$33,701,000.

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