Take a look at Russia’s most expensive diamond

Renowned Russian miner Alrosa declared on Tuesday that it plans to put a collection of diamonds under the hammer, including a piece that is a giant 51.38 carat gem. The colossal precious round-cut piece measures upto 2.5 cm in diameter and is actually equal in size to the visible portion of the human eye.

The state-controlled miner Alrosa claims this has potential to be the most extravagant diamond on Russian soil due to its quality. It took a year and a half for Alrosa’s specialists to create five polished diamonds for the collection from a 179-carat Romanovs rough diamond, extracted at one of the company’s mines in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region in 2015.

Dedicated to and inspired by Tsar Peter the Great, the builder of the city of St Petersburg, and the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years, the collection is suitably named the Dynasty collection.

“There was a good reason to choose the name for the collection, which is connected with Alrosa’s intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship and filigree since Russia’s first cutting and polishing factory founded by Peter I (the Great) early in the 18th century,” the company said.

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More about the gigantic stone; well the main 51.38-carat diamond has a 57-facet traditional round brilliant cut with triple excellent cut, D colour, and VVS1 clarity.

“As to overall characteristics, it is unprecedented in the history of Russia,” Alrosa said. The other stones in the collection are a 16.67-carat round-cut diamond, a 5.05-carat oval diamond, a 1.73-carat pear-cut diamond, and a 1.39-carat diamond.

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