In Christie’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva, “Tha Alrosa Spectacle Diamond” weighing an astonishing 100.94 carats, will be up for sale, the auction house announced on Instagram.
The emerald-cut, Type IIA, D-Color, Internally Flawless diamond was polished from a 207.29-carat rough gem unearthed in 2016, from the Zarnitsa kimberlite pipe in Yakutia. The diamond is the largest ever manufactured in Russia and took one year and eight months to cut and polish at the ‘Diamonds of ALROSA’ cutting factory in Moscow.
“We are fascinated to present this long-awaited gem,” said Sergey Ivanov, CEO of Alrosa. This “exceptional 100.94 carat, colorless, emerald-cut diamond displays a breathtaking performance, which is a natural wonder revealed by human hand. [It has] astonishing size, combined with impeccable color and quality, characteristics, and flawless provenance guarantee.”
The diamond is to fetch between US$13 million and US$19 million, Christie’s said.