• Breathtaking 163-carat emerald-cut diamond is to go
    under the hammer
  • Enormous sparkler is the largest flawless D-cut
    diamond to be ever be auctioned
  • Gem was cut from a 404-carat rough diamond discovered
    in Angola last year

A stunning flawless gem that has been hailed the ‘most
beautiful diamond in the world’ will go under the hammer next
month. 

The 163-carat rock will become the largest flawless
D-coloured diamond to be auction when it is sold at
Christie’s, Geneva in November. 

Sales of similar sized diamonds suggest it could fetch
millions of pounds. 

Breathtaking: This beautiful 163-carat diamond will be auctioned by Christie's in November

Breathtaking: This beautiful 163-carat diamond will be
auctioned by Christie’s in November

Flawless: The enormous rock was shown in Hong Kong last night, pictured

Flawless: The enormous rock was shown in Hong Kong last
night, pictured

Before reaching Geneva, the staggering sparkler will be shown
by the renowned auction house at events in London, Dubai and
New York in a bid to drum up interest from international
buyers. Last night it was put on show in Hong Kong.

The rock was carved from a staggering 404-carat rough cut
diamond that was discovered in Angola in February last year,
the largest ever found in the southern African country. 

High-end jeweller Fawaz Gruosi, whose company GRISOGONO was
tasked with creating the neacklace for the stone, described
the stone as the ‘most beautiful diamond in the world’.

He said: ‘I never thought I would work with a 163.41 carat
diamond of this quality. 

Dazzling: People gathered to snap photographs of the diamond during the Hong Kong event

Dazzling: People gathered to snap photographs of the
diamond during the Hong Kong event

‘I have never had a problem finding creative ideas, but this
time there was the immense pressure of “dressing” such an
amazing diamond. I couldn’t do something very simple or that
has already been seen. I needed a design that is
outside-the-box.’

The diamond will be auctioned at Christie’s Geneva on 14
November.

Francois Curiel, Christie’s chairman for Europe and Asia,
said: ‘The largest stone that ever come up on the market
before of this quality was 110 carats.

‘So this is a stone that is 50 percent bigger than the
previous one. It’s an absolute rarity.’