LONDON – To celebrate the spectacular 'Lesedi la Rona,' the largest gem quality rough diamond discovered in over a century, Sotheby’s Diamonds takes a look at the art of diamond cutting – the process of sculpting a rough diamond and transforming it into a polished diamond.
The 1109-carat Lesedi La Rona is the largest gem-quality rough diamond to be discovered in over a century and the largest in existence today. This colossal stone is of exceptional transparency and quality and is around 3 billion years old. Sotheby’s is privileged to auction this one-in-a-lifetime rarity in a stand-alone sale in London on 29 June 2016.
LONDON – When the largest rough diamond in more than a hundred years comes up for auction at Sotheby’s London on 29 June, it will be a major event – and for good reason. First, at 1,109 carats and roughly the size of a tennis ball, this historic stone would make any other gem look diminutive. Second, given that it has already been identified by the Gemological Institute of America as possessing exceptional quality and transparency, it might make other precious stones look a bit dull. So it stands to reason that the Lesedi La Rona, which means “our light” in Botswana’s Tswana language, will be offered at a stand-alone sale, and that Sotheby’s jewellery division chairman David Bennett would call it “the find of a lifetime.” He adds, “No rough even remotely of this scale has ever been offered before at public auction.”
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