Largest Diamond Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For Up To $35 Million

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The 163 carat diamond was the largest of its kind to go under the hammer

To show the diamond at its best, a team of jewellers has worked for over a year, setting the stone into a necklace containing nearly 6,000 emeralds and over 800 smaller diamonds.

D is the highest colour grade attributed to a diamond, indicating that the stone is completely colourless, and thus extremely rare. The auction house estimates the diamond will sell for $20 million to $30 million.

Originally it was part of a 404-carat rough stone, that was the largest diamond ever discovered in southwest Africa.

The left side of the necklace is made up of 18 emerald-cut diamonds and the right side composed of two rows of pear-shaped emeralds. The stone was the largest of its kind ever auctioned.

Unsurprisingly it comes with a hefty price tag. Originally from the Golconda mines in India, the stone was set in the crowns of nearly all kings and emperors of France since the early 18th century, Christie's said.

It has since passed through the hands of famous French jeweller Frederic Boucheron and later the Baron von Derwies.

The buyer's identity has not been revealed.

Le Grand Mazarin was up for auction for the first time in 130 years, during a sell-off of French crown jewels.

The white, matchbox-size "Creation 1" diamond from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono weighs a whopping 163 carats.

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