Sotheby’s NY just auctioned a mesmerizing 100 carat diamond for $22 million

There aren’t many things in the world that are small enough to fit in your hand and yet beautiful and expensive enough to captivate your imagination. Somewhere on this short list is a brilliant 100 carat diamond that recently sold for the staggering sum of $22 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. The diamond boasts a classic emerald cut and D Color. It is internally flawless and is the largest diamond of its clarity to ever be shown at auction.

Mined by DeBeers in Southern Africa, the uncut diamond weight around 200 carats. It took a year of cutting and refining to bring it to its current shape. This stunning gem led the Magnificent Jewels auction which also included Kashmir Sapphire jewelry and some Art Deco pieces from Cartier. Consisting of over 350 pieces, the entire collection raised above $65 million (which is actually a jewelry record for Sotheby’s NY).

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Gary Schuler, the head of Sotheby’s jewelery department in New York, before the sale discussed the cut of the diamond saying, “A classic emerald cut like this one allows for a wide expanse of pure material to be viewed without the distraction of a more complex facet arrangement. It’s almost like looking at the glimmer of a reflecting pool.” About the gem’s charismatic quality, he said, “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. They can’t believe there’s a diamond this pure of such impressive scale.”

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We’ve only seen the pictures of this marvel, but we have to agree that once you have a glance you just can’t look away from this mesmerizing diamond.

[Via – Cnn]