A famous diamond, linked to French royalty, was sold for almost $15 million at auction in Geneva on Tuesday (November 14). The brilliant, which is of extremely high-quality and clearness is made of the 404-carat diamond found previous year in Angola.
Another key sale at the auction was a 163 carat flawless D-color emerald-cut diamond necklace, known as "Creation 1", sold for $33,500,000.
This marks 'a new world-record price for a D colour diamond at auction, ' Rahul Kadakia, auctioneer and head of Christie's global jewels division said.
The rough was analysed in Antwerp and cut in NY, where a team of 10 diamond-cutting specialists were involved in mapping, plotting, cleaving, laser-cutting and polishing the giant rough rock into a polished, flawless diamond.
The diamond, the centrepiece of an asymmetric gem-studded necklace designed by Fawaz Gruosi, founder of Geneva jeweller De Grisogono, exceeded the auction house's expectation of US$25 million.
A further highlight of the sale was Le Grand Mazarin, a light pink diamond of 19.07 carats, and one of the most famous and important Golconda diamonds in history.
This stone discovered past year in Angola is so pure and so large that even Christie's jewellery director David Warren can't contain his enthusiasm.