WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A WHITE DIAMOND
A WONDER OF NATURE
Diamonds are one of Nature’s most wonderous gifts. Transformed from carbon under immense pressure and unbelievable heat, diamonds represent the mystery of creation, but through Man, by cutting and polishing, it becomes an amazing object of beauty and allure.
Throughout history and the centuries past, diamonds have been the folklore of Kings and Queens, countries and wars. Whilst in contemporary times, diamonds are readily available to the world at large, Nature’s largest and most perfect endowments are as before only available to a select few.
Large flawless diamonds are the paragon of white diamonds. Rarer still are D/Flawless Type IIA diamonds. These are the most chemically pure type of diamonds and have exceptional optical transparency. Extraordinarily limpid, they have been compared to pools of crystal waters or drops of frozen ice. First identified as originating from the famed Golconda region of India, Type IIA diamonds are now recovered in all major diamond producing regions. Two famous examples of Type IIA diamonds are the Cullinan I and the Koh-i-Noor, both part of the British Crown Jewels.
MAN & NATURE
Discovered in 2011 from the deep mines in Southern Africa, the 299 carat rough of this oval diamond is one of the largest and most beautiful diamond rough found in recent years. Carefully and meticulously worked over months, step by step, through the skills and artistries of the best diamond master cutters and polishers to guarantee the greatest standards of proportionality and beauty, man was able to transform Nature’s rough endowment into a mesmerizing object of enthralling beauty.
The Perfection and Harmony of Nature and Man together is aptly exemplified by the magic of these alluring diamonds, one of the hardest and most precious materials known to mankind.
100 CARAT D/IF DIAMONDS AT AUCTION
The magic of the carat number “100” makes for an auction legend. The appearance of a 100 carat D-Flawless diamond is always an international newsworthy event.
Only very few D-Flawless or Internally Flawless diamonds have appeared and sold at auction over the decades, and Sotheby’s Geneva has had the privilege of selling three of these important stones over the years:
- The Mouawad Splendour, modified pear-shape, 101.84 carats, sold for CHF15,950,000 (US$125,295 per carat), Sotheby’s Geneva, 1990
- The Star of Happiness, rectangular-shape, 100.36 carats, sold for CHF17,823,500 (US$118,397 per carat), Sotheby’s Geneva, 1993
- The Star of the Season, pear-shape, 100.10 carats, sold for CHF19,858,500 (US$165,322 per carat), Sotheby’s Geneva, 1995
- The Winston Legacy, pear-shape, 101.73 carats, sold for CHF25,883,750 (US$262,917 per carat), Christies Geneva, 2013
This highly important oval diamond at 118.28 carats, is the largest D-Flawless diamond ever to be offered for sale at auction and the largest oval D-Flawless diamond in the world as graded by the GIA. Sotheby’s Hong Kong is honoured to be offering this spectacular diamond for auction in October 2013, as we celebrate 40 years in Asia.