2016 has been a record-breaking year on many fronts – lottery players will think of it as the first time in history they’ve seen a billion-dollar jackpot, but in the jewellery world it would probably be remembered by diamonds. Shortly after Oppenheimer Blue became world’s most expensive gem, another record has been set – The Constellation claimed the title of the priciest rough diamond after being sold for $63.000.000.
The exceptional stone weighs 813 carats and measures 6 centimetres across. It first attracted attention of the world in November last year, when it was pulled out of Karowe Mine in Botswana by the Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond. It stayed in their hands until May when it was acquired by Dubai-based Nemesis International DMCC, but it changed owner once again several days ago. This beautiful gem now belongs to a Swiss luxury jeweller and watch maker De Grisogono, but it wasn’t disclosed how much money they spent to acquire it.
“This is the first time we’ve taken such a historic stone and had full creative freedom to do what we want with it,” said John Leitao, the CEO of De Grisogono and added they plan to transform the Constellation into “a stone that rivals the crown jewels.”
According to De Grisogono, cutting and polishing the Constellation will take several months, but it’s going to be worth the wait because they expect to get one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds in the end. The company’s founder Fawaz Gruosi referred to the stone as his “princess” and said he loves it and hates it at the same time.
“Love because something like this is so exceptional – I could never dream to be able to have a stone like this in my own hands – and hate her because I don’t know how I’m going to dress her,” explained Gruosi.
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