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Called The Rock, the stone is larger than a hit ball, weighing in at 228.31 carats.

The world's largest white diamond was sold this Wednesday (11)
© Credits: PixabayThe world’s largest white diamond was sold this Wednesday (11)

THE largest white diamond ever auctioned has been soldthis Wednesday (11), for 18.6 million Swiss francs, which is equivalent to around BRL 96.08 million. Called The Rock, the stone is larger than a hit ball at 228.31 carats. The auction took place in the city of Geneva, Switzerland.

According to auction house Christie’s, the pre-sale was awaiting a value of around CHF 19 to 30 million. However, the bidding started at 14 million francs and was interrupted two minutes later at 18.6 million. The purchase took place by a telephone bidder through an action in the Hotel des Bergues.

The white diamond, mined in South Africa in the early 2000s, has a very symmetrical pear shape. The stone was exhibited in several cities around the world, such as Dubai, Taipei and New York. It was later sold to a private collector who lives in North America.

“Usually, with these large stones, the shape is sacrificed a bit to maintain weight,” Max Fawcett, director of Christie’s Geneva jewelry department, told Reuters. Previously, the brand’s last record for a white diamond had been $33.7 million for a 163.41-carat stone, through a sale that took place in 2017 in the same city, Geneva.

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