Flawless 100-Carat South African Diamond On Sale For $25 Million

Anyone feeling a little “flush” and with a few million to spare can own this flawless 100-carat diamond, mined in South Africa and said to be “perfect.” This beauty is offered for sale and is expected to fetch around $25 million.

Sotheby's Preview A 100 Carat DiamondThe diamond, which is described as a Type IIa, was originally mined by De Beers in South Africa and has been cut in a classic emerald cut. The color of the jewel is described as being “whiter than white.”

Apparently it took over a year for the current owner to study the diamond, then cut and polish it into the perfect stone it is today. Because of the patience of the current owner, turning a rough diamond into such a gem, experts are now calling it the largest perfect diamond with a classic emerald cut ever offered at auction, and the gem is in a rarefied league indeed.

The Daily Mail reports that, in fact, there have apparently been only five diamonds over 100 carats with anything close to a similar quality to ever have been sold publicly.

Sotheby's Preview A 100 Carat Diamond

According to Gary Schuler, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department in New York, the diamond is the very definition of perfection.

“This 100.20 carat diamond is the definition of perfection. The color is whiter than white, it is free of any internal imperfections, and so transparent that I can only compare it to a pool of icy water. It is the first true emerald-cut diamond over 100 carats to be offered at auction – the most classic of cuts, quietly elegant and very contemporary.”

Art Daily quoted Lisa Hubbard, Chairman of North & South America for Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, who described the diamond as “the rarest object of natural beauty on the market right now,” and saying that it could be considered the ultimate acquisition.

“Simply put, it has everything you could ever want from a diamond: the classic shape begs to be worn, while the quality puts it in an asset class of its own. The stone gives you so many options – admire it un-mounted, wear it as a simple but stunning pendant, or mount in a designed jewel.”

Prior to the auction, the magnificent diamond is to be exhibited in Dubai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, and Doha, and will then head to New York for an exhibition starting April 17. Anyone interested in buying this little gem should then head to Sotheby’s in New York and browse their Magnificent Jewels auction, set to be held on April 21 this year.

On the subject of diamonds, the Inquisitr reported recently on one lucky dumpster diver who found two diamonds while looking for recyclable metals. While not quite the same quality as the 100-carat diamond, she could have been rich, but it turns out she was honest.

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