“Truly extraordinary”: “The Rock” diamond sold at auction for 18 million

“Truly extraordinary”
‘The Rock’ diamond sold at auction for 18 million

He is bigger than a golf ball and weighs more than a tennis ball: “The Rock”. The largest white diamond ever sold at auction changes hands for almost 18 million euros. The particularity is not in the price.

The largest white diamond ever sold at auction, “The Rock”, changed hands for 17.8 million euros. The 228.31 carat gemstone is larger than a golf ball and weighs more than a tennis ball. However, the precious stone did not reach the record price hoped for during the auction at Christie’s in Geneva.

As the auction approached, “The Rock” was estimated between 19 million and 28.4 million euros. Commission included, it now goes to the new owner for 20.7 million euros. The auction in the full house lasted only a few minutes. There was applause when the offer was accepted. The seller resides in North America but declined to be identified.

“Absolutely symmetrical”

“It’s a pear-shaped diamond and it’s really extraordinary,” enthuses Max Fawcett, head of jewelry at Christie’s Geneva. The diamond is “absolutely symmetrical”. There is only a “handful” of such diamonds.

The price paid today is not a record. The still valid record for a similar white diamond was also set in Geneva in November 2017. The price paid at the time was 33 million euros, the diamond weighed 163.41 carats. “The Rock” is 3.1 centimeters wide and 5.4 centimeters long. At 61.3 grams, it’s heavier than a tennis ball. It was found in a mine in South Africa at the turn of the century.

The “De Beers Blue” diamond, sold by Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong, also caused a stir. Discovered last year, the 15.1-carat blue diamond was sold to an anonymous buyer for $57.5 million. The diamond was cut from an extraordinary rough stone and was particularly impressive with its particularly brilliant appearance in an unusual blue.

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