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This is what a $16.3 million yellow diamond looks like

This 100.09-carat “Graff Vivid Yellow” diamond, one of the world’s largest cut precious gems of any colour, fetched Tuesday an astronomical $16.3 million, the highest amount ever paid for a yellow diamond, at Sotheby’s Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, held at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage.

The daffodil-colour rock is mounted as a ring and sparkles with “extraordinary fire and brilliance,” according to the auction house, which added the auction, featuring two diamonds over 100 carats, drew buyers from more than 30 countries.

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Previously known as the Dream Diamond, the Graff Vivid Yellow was a captivating 190-carat rough stone at the time Laurence Graff — a high-profile connoisseur and collector of fine coloured diamonds— bought it in Kimberley, South Africa. When he first saw the diamond crystal, he stated, “It was an intense golden yellow and one of the rarest yellow diamonds I had ever seen. I knew the polished stone within would be more than exceptional.”

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The rock was then sent to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to certify its natural authenticity. For the next nine months, New York master cutter Nino Bianco transformed the stone. The brilliant, 100.09-carat polished cushion-cut diamond was renamed the Graff Vivid Yellow and was unveiled as the world’s largest yellow diamond. It made its public debut at Kensington Palace in London.

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Henry Sapiecha

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