Christie’s suggests “The Rock,” an egg-sized white diamond billed as the premier of its type to go up for auction, offered Wednesday for much more than 21.6 million Swiss francs ($21.seventy five million), such as charges — while at the very low finish of the predicted array.
The 228-carat pear-formed G-Coloration stone, with its platinum pendant mounting, has a gross fat of sixty one.3 grams (2.2 ounces) and proportions of 5.4 centimeters by 3.1 centimeters (2.1 inches by 1.2 inches) — building it about the measurement of a medium hen’s egg.
G-Coloration is not the optimum quality, but fourth on the letter rung beneath the leading-quality D-Coloration diamonds.
An unspecified non-public consumer obtained The Rock, for which the pre-auction estimate was in between 19 million and thirty million francs.
Max Fawcett, head of jewellery at Christie’s Geneva, hailed a effective sale in “uncharted territory” for a stone of its type.
Also likely underneath the hammer Wednesday was the “Red Cross” diamond, a 205.1-carat extravagant yellow stone, which fetched virtually fourteen.2 million francs, double the pre-sale estimate. The diamond was lower from a tough stone unearthed from South Africa’s Griqualand mines in the early twentieth century, and went up for auction for the very first time in 1918.
(*4*)The Pink Cross Diamond.(AFP)(*3*)
Fawcett testified to a “huge total of interest” in the Pink Cross diamond, stating that an unspecified “7-determine sum” from the proceeds of the sale to an unspecified non-public consumer would be donated to the global Pink Cross Motion, the Geneva-based mostly humanitarian support team.