World’s Largest White Diamond Expected To Fetch $30 Million At Christie’s Auction
The largest white diamond in the world is set to go under the hammer as part of a luxury week by auction house Christie’s.
The 228.31-carat pear-shaped diamond, nicknamed “The Rock” is expected to fetch between $20 million to $30 million, according to Christie’s.
It was mined and polished in South Africa over two decades ago and, at the approximate size of a golf ball, is the largest white diamond ever to appear for sale at auction. The diamond’s former owner wore the dazzling stone as a Cartier necklace.
The diamond was unveiled at Christie’s Dubai in late March, then toured to Taipei and Rockefeller Plaza in New York from late April to early May. Between May 6 and May 11, the diamond sat on display during Christie’s Luxury Week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva.
The diamond will lead the Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on May 11.
Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery commented: “The Rock will join the very best of legendary gemstones which have passed through Christie’s 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.”