announces THE ROCK (estimate: US$ 20,000,000-30,000,000), a 228.31 carat pear-shaped diamond which will lead the Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on 11 May 2022, as part of Christies Luxury Week. This exceptionally rare gemstone was mined and polished in South Africa over two decades ago and is the largest white diamond ever to appear for sale at auction.
Rahul Kadakia, Christies International Head of Jewellery: The Rock will join the very best of legendary gemstones which have passed through Christies global salerooms since 1766. The market for diamonds is particularly vibrant and we are confident that this sensational gemstone will capture the attention of collectors across the globe this Spring season.
Graded by the Gemmological Institute of America as G colour, VS1 clarity, The Rock is also accompanied by a letter from the GIA stating that it is the largest existing D-Z colour pear-shaped diamond ever graded by the laboratory. The previous auction record for the largest white diamond was a 163.41 carat gem, which sold at Christies Geneva in November 2017 for US$ 33,701,000.
The Rock will be revealed at Christies Dubai from 26 to 29 March, before touring to Taipei and Rockefeller Plaza in New York from 29 April to 1 May. This exceptional diamond will then be on display to the public during Christies Luxury Week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva from 6 to 11 May.
TOP 5 WHITE DIAMONDS OFFERED AT CHRISTIES
1. A SENSATIONAL DIAMOND AND EMERALD NECKLACE, BY DE GRISOGONO,
A rectangular cut-cornered diamond, weighing approximately 163.41 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 14 November 2017
Price realised: US$ 33,701,000
Price per carat: US$ 206,236
AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND
2. WINSTON LEGACY
A pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 101.73 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 15 May 2013
Price realised: US$ 26,737,914
Price per carat: US$ 262,832
3. THE ARCHDUKE JOSEPH DIAMOND
A cushion-shaped diamond weighing approximately 76.02 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 13 November 2012
Price realised: US$ 21,474,525
Price per carat: US$ 282,485
4. LA LÉGENDE A DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL SAUTOIR NECKLACE, BY BOEHMER ET BASSENGE
A heart-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 92.15 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 17 May 2017
Price realised: US$ 14,989,013
Price per carat: US$ 162,659
5. A MAGNIFICENT DIAMOND
A pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 75.97 carats
Geneva Magnificent Jewels | 14 May 2014
Price realised: US$ 14,474,732
Price per carat: US$ 190,532