Biggest White Diamond: The Rock, the largest white diamond ever auctioned, was sold on Wednesday for 18.6 million Swiss francs ($18.8 million / 1 billion, 43 crores, 86 lakhs, 38 thousand, 40 rupees inr). This is much less than the record of such jewelry. A 228.31 carat stone, larger than a golf ball, was sold by Christie’s auction house in Geneva.
There was much hope that The Rock would break the world record for a white diamond, amounting to $33.7 million, which was minted in 2017 for a 163.41-carat gem in a Swiss city. The bid, which started at 14 million francs, stopped after two minutes at 18.6 million, although the price would increase after adding taxes and buyer’s premium. Pre-sales were estimated at 19 to 30 million Swiss francs.
The Rock, a perfectly symmetrical pear-shaped diamond, was in the hands of an unnamed North American owner. It was bought by a telephone bidder following action at the Htel des Burgess. Max Fawcett, head of the jewelry department at Christie’s auction house in Geneva, said there were only a few diamonds of the same size and quality as The Rock.
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This massive diamond was extracted from a mine in South Africa in the early 2000s and shown in Dubai, Taipei and New York before being sold in Geneva.
Later on sale at Magnificent Jewels auction is a historic deep yellow diamond that has been associated with the Red Cross for more than a century. The Red Cross Diamond is a cushion-shaped, 205.07-carat canary yellow jewel, valued at seven to 10 million Swiss francs ($7.09 to $10.13 million). A substantial portion of the proceeds will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is headquartered in Geneva.
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