Rapaport reports that Sotheby’s has unveiled a rare white diamond that, it claims, is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats possessing the highest cut, color and clarity grades.
Sotheby’s Diamonds, the group’s retail boutique, revealed the 102.34-carat, D-color, flawless stone to mark the first anniversary of its salon on London’s New Bond Street, the auction house said.
“The polished diamond — which is available for private purchase, rather than at auction — originated from a 425-carat rough that De Beers unearthed in Botswana. Diacore, a South Africa-based manufacturer, spent six months cutting and polishing it in Johannesburg and New York.” says Rapaport.
The round shape is the most sought-after for colorless stones, as it gives the most “light and life,” Sotheby’s said.
“In the course of my long career, which has brought me close to some of the greatest stones the earth has ever yielded, I have not encountered anything quite like this,” said Patti Wong, founder and chairman of Sotheby’s Diamonds.
“With its outstanding weight, its perfect color, clarity and cut, it is a masterpiece of nature brought to life by human hand, blazing with a brilliant firework-like display of almost every color on the spectrum — mesmerizing to behold,” she added.