Largest white diamond at Christie’s jewellery auction

Largest white diamond at Christie’s jewellery auction

Maria Doulton: Today I’m at Christie’s and
I’m with David Warren, the international director for jewellery here. We’re going to talk about
a very special diamond. David Warren: This is really a remarkable
event in the diamond world for a diamond of this size to come on the market. But not just
101.73 carats, a diamond which is D colour and flawless. Flawless means that it has no marks inside
or outside of the stone. There are stones that are internally flawless, they’re graded
D internally flawless. But this is flawless, so it’s even rarer. Not only that, it’s Type IIa. Only about 2%
of all diamonds that come out of the earth are Type IIa. Type IIa are the most pure of
all diamonds. It’s remarkable to have a stone that’s a Type
IIa flawless that’s over 10 carats, but to have one that’s over 100 carats is really
a remarkable event in the diamond world, and this is the most important white diamond that
we’ve ever sold while I’ve been here. The stone was mined in Botswana a few years
ago, and it took 21 months to cut the stone. We are expecting in the region of US$20m to
$30m for it. Definitely it’s going to be made into a jewel, probably worn here. It might
be convertible to wear as a pendant or in a tiara. Whoever buys the stone will have the honour
of naming it. So we’ll have to wait and see whether it’s named after a country or romantically
named or named after someone’s wife, for example. We’ll have to wait and see, but that’s an
interesting part of the next bit of the story.


  1. Hello maria…..hey my birthday is in a few months….I can give you my mailing address to send me this wonderful diamond….ha a…lol. :+0

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