For those of you who aren’t aware, Alrosa is a Diamond mining group in Russia that also happens to be the largest of its kind in the world. These statistics evidently prove the sheer volume of diamonds that the brand annually deals in. However, the gem-producer too was taken aback when it recently unearthed a humongous pink diamond in one of its discoveries.
The uncut pink wonder is touted to be the most expensive diamond to be produced in Alrosa and this alone makes it special beyond bounds. It measures 22.47 mm x 15.69 mm x 10.9 mm, with very few flaws or inclusion and weighs approximately 4 carats. Colored diamonds weighing over 10 carats are extremely rare and are recovered only about once a year. As far as pink diamonds are concerned, the largest that Alrosa’s ever discovered until now, weighed approximately 3.86 ct.
It is also no news that colored diamonds sell for a fortune. For instance, Christie’s sold the 14.62 carat ‘‘Oppenheimer Blue’’ for $58 million last year, while Sotheby’s auctioned the 59.6 carat ‘‘Pink Star’’ for $71 million in April. The rare qualities of Alrosa’s new found pinkie certainly make for similarly huge sale in the future. What the authorities at the USO must decide on though, is whether to auction it as a rough cut or a polished version.