World Largest diamond ever auctioned to go under hammer in Geneva

22:30  14 november  2017
22:30  14 november  2017 Source:   AFP

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The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top million. The "sensational" 163.41-carat flawless diamond , suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono

Geneva : The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top million.

The necklace, featuring a 163.41 carat D-Colour Flawless diamond, is expected to fetch around $25 million (21.2 million euros): The necklace is expected to fetch around $25 million. © Provided by AFP The necklace is expected to fetch around $25 million.

The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva on Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top $25 million.

The "sensational" 163.41-carat flawless diamond, suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace called The Art of Grisogono, will be one of the highlights at the Christie's autumn jewel auction.

"To date, this is the largest D flawless diamond ever to appear for sale at auction," Christie's said when it first announced the gem would be part of its annual Magnificent Jewels sale.

The auction house said it expected the "masterpiece of unparalleled beauty and exquisite workmanship" to fetch around $25 million (21.2 million euros), with other experts saying it could rake in double that amount.

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GENEVA : The largest diamond ever offered at auction is set to go under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday evening, with bids expected to top million.

A stunning flawless gem that has been hailed the 'most beautiful diamond in the world' will go under the hammer next month. The diamond will be auctioned at Christie's Geneva on 14 November. Francois Curiel, Christie's chairman for Europe and Asia, said: 'The largest stone that ever come up

The flawless, D color 11A type diamond was cut from a 404-carat rough rock, which was discovered in February 2016 in the Lulo mine in Angola — the 27th biggest rough white diamond ever discovered.

The rough was analyzed in Antwerp and cut in New York, 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.

A team from Swiss luxury jeweler de Grisogono then created 50 different designs around the 163.41-carat diamond, before opting for an asymmetric necklace with the stone as its centerpiece.

"It took over 1,700 hours to create this unique jewel and involved a team of 14 craftsmen," Christie's said.

The left side of the necklace is made up of 18 emerald-cut diamonds and the right side composed of two rows of pear-shaped emeralds.

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In a charged-up environment, dynamic bidding on the phone, online and in the room at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva saw a total This is the largest diamond of its kind to go under the hammer . Unfortunately however, the Premier Blue diamond – the largest of its kind to ever go to auction only

The largest ever "flawless" heart-shaped diamond to appear at auction will go under the hammer at Christie's sale of precious jewels in Geneva this month, and is expected to fetch up to million.

"The Art of de Grisogono is one fabulous Christmas present and wallflowers need not apply," Tobias Kormind, head of 77 Diamonds, a large European online diamond jeweler, said in a statement.

He pointed out that when rival auction house Sotheby's sold a 118.28-carat flawless D diamond in 2013, it went for $30.6 million.

The stone up for sale Tuesday is a "much larger diamond, and its title of the largest perfect stone could see it attract a winning bid of over $50 million," he suggested.

Another highlight of Tuesday's auction is the "Le Grand Mazarin," a 19.07-carat light pink diamond, which was once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors, including Napoleon.

The gem was named after Cardinal Mazarin, an Italian cardinal and diplomat, as well as a great art collector, who served as chief minister under Louis XIII and Louis XIV, and who bequeathed it and other diamonds to the Sun King in his will.

Christie's described the stone as "a timeless symbol of beauty" and said it hoped to rake in $6.0-9.0 million (5.1-7.7 million euros) for the diamond.

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