GENEVA (AP) — Christie’s says “The Rock,” an egg-sized white diamond billed as the biggest of its form to go up for public sale, bought Wednesday for greater than 21.6 million Swiss francs ($21.75 million), together with charges — although on the low finish of the anticipated vary.
The 228-carat pear-shaped G-Shade stone, with its platinum pendant mounting, has a gross weight of 61.3 grams (2.2 ounces) and dimensions of 5.4 centimeters by 3.1 centimeters (2.1 inches by 1.2 inches) — making it concerning the dimension of a medium hen’s egg.
G-Shade isn’t the best grade, however fourth on the letter rung under the top-grade D-Shade diamonds.
An unspecified personal purchaser acquired The Rock, for which the pre-auction estimate was between 19 million and 30 million francs.
Max Fawcett, head of bijou at Christie’s Geneva, hailed a profitable sale in “uncharted territory” for a stone of its form.
Additionally going underneath the hammer Wednesday was the “Pink Cross” diamond, a 205.1-carat fancy yellow stone, which fetched practically 14.2 million francs, double the pre-sale estimate. The diamond was lower from a tough stone unearthed from South Africa’s Griqualand mines within the early twentieth century, and went up for public sale for the primary time in 1918.
Fawcett testified to a “enormous quantity of curiosity” within the Pink Cross diamond, saying that an unspecified “7-figure sum” from the proceeds of the sale to an unspecified personal purchaser could be donated to the worldwide Pink Cross Motion, the Geneva-based humanitarian help group.