Monday 21 May 2018

Have you seen the 'perfect' 100-carat diamond?

Picture: Sotheby's
Picture: Sotheby's
An employee holds a 100-Carat perfect diamond at Sotheby's auction house on February 13, 2015 in London, England. Forming part of the Magnificent Jewels sale in New York
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kim Kardashian, eat your heart out.

The world's most 'perfect' diamond just went for an astonishing $22m.

While that might seem like more than most of us would make in several lifetimes, it's $3m less than it was expected to fetch at a Sotheby's auction.

The 100-carat, emerald cut, flawless diamond is said to the largest of its clarity to ever be displayed at auction.

An employee holds a 100-Carat perfect diamond at Sotheby's auction house on February 13, 2015 in London, England. Forming part of the Magnificent Jewels sale in New York
An employee holds a 100-Carat perfect diamond at Sotheby's auction house on February 13, 2015 in London, England. Forming part of the Magnificent Jewels sale in New York

The head of Sotheby's jewellery department in New York Gary Schuler said many were "awe" struck by its size and clarity from across a room.

"People everywhere have been drawn to it from across the room and they are in awe of its size, particularly when they put it on their hand," he said.

"They can't believe there's a diamond this pure of such impressive scale."

Only six flawless diamonds of its kind have ever been up for auction.

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