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The Rock, the return of a Legacy.

Updated: May 14, 2022

A stunning 228.31 carat Pear brilliant shape white diamond certified by the Gemmological Institute of America as G colour, VS1 clarity, and comes with a letter from the GIA stating that it is the largest existing D-Z colour pear-shaped diamond ever graded by the laboratory (where did the Graff Lesedi La Rona be graded? While it is 302.37 carats…) reappears!

image courtesy of Christie's

This extremely rare gemstone was mined and polished in South Africa over two decades ago and is the largest white diamond ever to be auctioned and this will be done by Christie’s at its Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on May 11, 2022, as part of Christie's Luxury Week.

The rock in its polishing holder

Rahul Kadakia, Christie's International Head of Jewellery, said "The Rock will join the very best of legendary gemstones which have passed through Christie's global salerooms since 1766. The market for diamonds is particularly vibrant and we are confident that this sensational gemstone will capture the attention of collectors across the globe this Spring season."

image courtesy of Christie's
Christie's Rahul Kadakia with The Rock

The second fact of this diamond is that i was the first most valuable object ever to be sold out of an Auction House! This was done at Harrods Department Store located on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London has announced the sale of a 228.31-carat, pear-shaped, near-colorless diamond belonging to an anonymous customer, who had hitherto kept the diamond in a safe deposit box of the store, a facility provided to affluent clients to store their valuables on a annual rent basis. The owner of the diamond has entrusted the Department Store to sell the diamond on his behalf and accordingly the diamond will be displayed in the store’s Fine Jewelry Room, from mid-December 2016, for inspection by would-be customers. The diamond will be sold on a first-come first-served basis if a potential buyer agreed to pay the price at which it is offered for sale.

Helen David, Chief Merchant at Harrods, says: “We are thrilled to unveil one of the world’s rarest diamonds, the so-called Harrods Diamond, named after the iconic Knightsbridge store. It is rare that stones of this weight, cut, polish and symmetry are sold outside auction, so this is an exceptional opportunity for Harrods’ customers and a very exciting moment in Harrods’ history.”

The Rock will be unveiled at Christie's Dubai from the 26th to the 29th of March, before touring to Taipei and Rockefeller Plaza in New York from the 29th to the 1st of May. This exceptional diamond will then be on display to the public during Christie's Luxury Week, which runs from the 6th to the 11th of May at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva.

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