necklace with largest flawless white diamond sold for record $34 mln at auction - white stone necklace set
Geneva, November 15Reuters)-
This emerald and diamond necklace has set the biggest ever auction record for the perfect white diamond.
5 million Swiss francs ($34 million)
Christie's said the star location at the Geneva auction.
The necklace, known as the "de grisono art" in Genesis 1, has a 163-pound rectangular diamond.
Centered around 41 karat.
The stone, found in Angola in 2016, was lined with diamonds and pears on the other side --Emerald in shape.
Christie's said in a statement that buyers will remain anonymous at the auction on Tuesday night. The pre-
Sales are estimated at $25 million to $30 million.
This diamond is more than 40% larger than a perfect white oval diamond of 118.
Rival Sotheby's sold 28 karat in Hong Kong in 2013 for $30.
Tobias Kormind, general manager of diamond company 77, said 6 million, but the price did not reflect this.
Com, Europe's largest online diamond jeweler.
"For the high end of the diamond market, this is a worrying sign that it is not as immune as people would like, because global factors such as China's economic slowdown have led to downward pressure on prices, he said in a statement.
The second prime location is a light pink diamond, which has belonged to the French royal family for two centuries. Weighing 19.
07 karat, took 14.
37 million Swiss francs, about twice as much as before.
Sales estimates, Christie's said.
Called Le Grand Mazarin, whose name came from Cardinal Mazarin, who became chief minister of France in 1642 and assembled a collection of gems.
The stone later became part of the French crown jewels.
In the 250 s of the French Treasury, it belonged to four kings (
Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Charles X)Two Emperors
Napoleon I and Napoleon III)
There are two queens, Christie's said.
It was sold at an auction in 1887 to one of the French family's most popular jewelers, Frederick boucheren, and then auctioned into a private collection.
No new owners were identified.
At Sotheby's auction house on Wednesday, the star location will be "Raj Pink", the world's largest known figure-strong pink diamond.
It was found in South Africa in 2015, weighing 37 lbs.
It is estimated at $20 million to $30 million. ($1 = 0.
9859 Swiss francs)(
Reports from Cecil Mantovani and Stephanie nebercy;
Edited by Raissa kasowsky)