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Swiss jeweller buys rights to $63M Constellation Lucara diamond

Cutting and polishing the 813-carat stone could result in one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds

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The world’s most expensive rough diamond is now in the hands of De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller and watch maker.

Geneva-based De Grisogono purchased the rights to market Lucara Diamond’s (TSX:LUC) Constellation gem, which sold in May for a record $63 million, at the launch of the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. The price was not disclosed.

The company entered into an agreement with Nemesis International when the Dubai-based corporation bought the 813-carat stone from Lucara, which recovered it last November from its Karowe mine in Botswana.

“I love her and I hate her. 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.”

According to De Grisogono, cutting and polishing the Constellation – a process expected to take several months – could result in one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds. The impressive rock weighs 813 carats and measures six centimetres (2.4 inches) across. According to Nickolas Polak, international director of Nemesis, the diamond will be cut in Antwerp and is expected to produce the world’s largest D Flawless diamond, weighing between 300 carats and 350 carats, reported the fashion website WWD.

“(This is) the first time we’ve taken such a historic stone and had full creative freedom to do what we want with it,” CNN quotes De Grisogono CEO John Leitao, who added that the firm plans to transform Constellation into “a stone that rivals the crown jewels.” The company’s founder was even more colourful in his comments: “I love her and I hate her,” said Fawaz Gruosi. “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.”

Lucara made headlines with an even bigger diamond also dug from Karowe, the 1,109-carat “Lesedi La Rona”  (or “our light” in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana). However that stone, which was expected to fetch $70 million, failed to sell at auction and Lucara is still searching for a buyer.

De Grisogono also purchased the rights to market a 404-carat rough diamond from Nemesis International in May. According to Rapaport News, that stone was recovered by Lucapa Diamond Company (ASX:LOM) at its Lulo mine in Angola.

Three days ago Lucapa dug a 38.6-carat pink diamond, also from Lulo. The coloured stone is the largest “fancy” pink diamond recovered to date from the mine.  The Australian company reportedly sold it last week as part of a parcel of other rocks for a total of $5.8 million.

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Pear-shaped 15.38ct pink diamond sells for $42.8 million at Sotheby’s Auction house

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“The Unique Pink”, the largest Fancy Vivid Pink pear shaped diamond ever offered at an auction.

Geneva:  A rare pear-shaped vivid pink diamond fetched 30.8 million Swiss francs ($42.8 million) at auction on Tuesday, Sotheby’s said, but several other large stones failed to reach the reserve prices set by the sellers.

The “Unique Pink”, weighing 15.38 carats and mounted on a ring, sold to an Asian private collector bidding by telephone, the auction house said.

It was the star lot at the saleroom’s semi-annual auction in Geneva, with a pre-sale estimate of $38 million to $51 million.

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The diamond weighed in at 15.38 carats.

“The Unique Pink set a new world record for a fancy vivid pink diamond … It’s the highest price ever paid for a fancy vivid pink diamond,” David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewellery division, told reporters.
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The “Sweet Josephine”, a fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 16.08 carats, held the previous record since selling for $38.9 million at rival Christie’s in November, and still retains the price per carat record in the category.

Overall, the Sotheby’s sale netted $238 million, “setting a new world record for any jewellery auction”, Sotheby’s said in a statement. It eclipsed $218 million set a year ago.

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The rare diamond set a new world record. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth

In all, 83.2 per cent of the 488 lots on offer found new owners, but “The Emperor Ruby” was among those stranded, with a bid of 3.6 million francs ($5 million).

“There were a few stones that were disappointing but overall the sale was a huge success,” Bennett said.

A British collection of 29 jewels by French jeweller Cartier sold for $4.6 million, doubling its low estimate, he said.

A “new world record” was set for a jewel by the late Paris-based jeweller Alexandre Reza – a fancy intense blue diamond brooch surrounded with diamonds sold for $18.3 million, he said.

“We’ve made a great effort to put together a sale that we thought was suitable for this particular market which is strong for the right things,” Bennett said. “It seems to have paid off.”

Ehud Arye Laniado, chairman of New York-based Cora International LLC, which cut, polished and sold the pink diamond, told Reuters in the showroom: “It was the time to sell. It is quite a strong price.

“We think slowly the market is grouping together with people who do believe in strong prices for fancy coloured diamonds. It is a good sign because we see people who do believe in the resale value of those stones, like art,” he added. “The trend will move to white diamonds.”

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Large white RBC 7.36 Carat Diamond Stolen in Geneva Switzerland

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7.36 carat F color diamond of VVS2 clarity has been stolen after being shipped from Moti Kashi Diamonds’ office in Tel Aviv to a client of the company based in Geneva, Switzerland. The client, who is respected and well-known, had received the stone from Moti Kashi Diamonds on consignment.

The diamond, which has Excellent grade in cut, polish, and symmetry, is of medium fluorescence and is certified by the GIA with report number 5161160490, was shipped at the end of September. A few days later, the client informed Moti Kashi Diamonds that he had consigned the diamond to a third party and that it had been stolen.

Moti Kashi Diamonds has requested that the name of the client not be published since they stress that he is an honest dealer and they expect him to take full responsibility for the stolen diamond. Further developments will be published where appropriate, adds Moti Kashi Diamonds, who are requesting to be notified if there is any information about this diamond.

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