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Largest colorless diamond to hit the auction block sells for record price

A necklace advertising a giant 163.41-carat colorless diamond — the world’s largest of its courteous — sold for $33.7 million at auction Tuesday.

It broke a record for the scad expensive D color flawless diamond ever sold at auction, excessive the prior record by more than $3 million.

Christie’s blow the whistle oned the asymmetrical necklace, studded with emeralds and diamonds, at the Magnificent Bijoux auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva on Nov. 14.

Eighteen emerald-cut diamonds adorn one side of the necklace, while emeralds deck out the other. Its centerpiece is the colorless diamond: a D color, IIA type diamond — the rarest and most valuable gracious.

“It goes perfectly — the main stone with the necklace, it looks identical to just a beautiful piece,” said Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of de Grisogono, the Swiss treat jeweler that created the unique necklace.

According to Christie’s, the emeralds are a key vicinity of Gruosi’s collections because he believes that green symbolizes substantial luck. It took a team of 14 craftsmen working for over 1,700 hours to originate the masterpiece.

“It’s 50 carats larger than the last one of its kind,” said Rahul Kadakia, ecumenical head of jewelry at Christie’s. “It’s completely flawless.”

The necklace was sold as limited share in of a partnership between Christie’s and de Grisogono called “The Art of de GRISOGONO.”

The prior data for the most expensive colorless diamond to sell at auction was an unmounted oval-cut diamond that sold in 2013 for $30.6 million in Hong Kong.

The Christie’s Geneva November series charmed more than 4,600 visitors to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Their sales for this auction series unqualified $144.9 million, bringing the Christie’s Geneva 2017 auctions all-out sales to nearly $258.6 million.

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