THE ROCK – The Largest White Diamond Ever To Come To Auction

228 Carat pear-shaped diamond Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 11 May 2022.

Christie’s announces THE ROCK (estimate: US$ 20,000,000-30,000,000), a 228.31-carat pear-shaped diamond that will lead the Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on 11 May 2022, as part of Christie’s Luxury Week. This exceptionally rare gemstone was mined and polished in South Africa over two decades ago and is the largest white diamond ever to appear for sale at auction.

Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery: “The Rock will join the very best of legendary gemstones which have passed through Christie’s global salerooms since 1766. The market for diamonds is particularly vibrant and we are confident that this sensational gemstone will capture the attention of collectors across the globe this spring season.”

THE ROCK - The Largest White Diamond Ever To Come To Auction

Graded by the Gemmological Institute of America as G colour, VS1 clarity, The Rock is also accompanied by a letter from the GIA stating that it is the largest existing D-Z colour pear-shaped diamond ever graded by the laboratory. The previous auction record for the largest white diamond was a 163.41-carat gem, which was sold at Christie’s Geneva in November 2017 for US$ 33,701,000.

The Rock was revealed at Christie’s Dubai from 26 to 29 March, before touring Taipei and Rockefeller Plaza in New York from 29 April to 1 May. This exceptional diamond will then be on display to the public during Christie’s Luxury Week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva from 6 to 11 May.

Top 5 White Diamonds Offered At Christie’s

1. A SENSATIONAL DIAMOND AND EMERALD NECKLACE, BY DE GRISOGONO,
A rectangular cut-cornered diamond, weighing approximately 163.41 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 14 November 2017
Price realised: US$ 33,701,000
Price per carat: US$ 206,236
AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND

2. WINSTON LEGACY
A pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 101.73 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 15 May 2013
Price realised: US$ 26,737,914
Price per carat: US$ 262,832

3. THE ARCHDUKE JOSEPH DIAMOND
A cushion-shaped diamond weighing approximately 76.02 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 13 November 2012
Price realised: US$ 21,474,525
Price per carat: US$ 282,485

4. LA LÉGENDE A DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL SAUTOIR NECKLACE, BY BOEHMER ET BASSENGE
A heart-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 92.15 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 17 May 2017
Price realised: US$ 14,989,013
Price per carat: US$ 162,659

5. A MAGNIFICENT DIAMOND
A pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 75.97 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 14 May 2014
Price realised: US$ 14,474,732
Price per carat: US$ 190,532

Christies

editor

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

0


Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/chrisvme/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5275

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/chrisvme/public_html/wp-content/plugins/really-simple-ssl/class-mixed-content-fixer.php on line 110