The largest uncut diamond in the world, almost the size of a tennis ball, is expected to be sold for more than 52 million pounds in an unprecedented auction here.
Diamond called “Lesedi la Rona” was unearthed in Botswana in November. Rough diamonds is 1,109 carats and believes that more than 2.5 billion years old. Mayfair auction, the first time a rough diamond of this size has gone on public sale takes place at Sotheby later.
Lesedi la Rona, which means “our light” Tswana speaking in Botswana, was discovered by Lucara Diamond Corp’s Karowe mine. David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division said that the discovery of the diamond is the “the find of a lifetime.”
“Every aspect of this auction is unprecedented. Not only is it rude superlatives in size and quality, but not sharp, even remotely this scale has never before been offered at public auction,” he was quoted and saying to the BBC.
According to a study conducted by the Gemological Institute of America, the color of the raw diamond and transparency “illustrate” type IIA of diamonds. Stones are in the group “chemically pure and most often exhibit extraordinary optical transparency.”
The 3,106-carat diamond was cut into nine separate gems, many of which are British crown jewels, including the Great Star of Africa – still the largest top-quality cut diamond in existence, according to the report.