Geneva, Switzerland is just the place for anyone with US$15 million to spare. A dazzling 110-carat pear-shaped jewel known as the Sun-Drop Diamond will go to auction next week in Geneva. The jewel approximately the size of a women’s thumb is looking for its owner. Auction house Sotheby’s, which will sell the stone on November 15, 2011. They say the “sublimely rare” lot has attracted interest from all over the world. David Bennett, head of jewellery for Europe and the Middle East, said: “It’s the largest vivid yellow pear-shape known – at 110 carats it’s absolutely huge. “Every time we’ve shown it around the world, people have gone ‘oh my god’.”
The Sun-Drop has a very short history. It was found in South Africa in 2010 within a kimberlite pipe. Tests show that the diamond was formed from 1 to 3 billion years ago. After that, on 24 February 2011, it was kept in The Vault of the London Natural History Museum together with many other precious stones, such as the Duke of Devonshire Emerald and the Aurora Pyramid of Hope, where it stayed for six months.
Analysis found stone age no less than 1 billion years old; rare bright yellow color is due to a high content in the crystal structure of diamond-related molecules of nitrogen; wherein they are distributed as uniformly stone which transparency is close to ideal. Diamond has been certified as a “fantasy” – that is, the highest category – the color and purity, and as the biggest bright yellow pear-shaped diamond in the world. Experts have called and the approximate value of a diamond – from 11 to 15 million dollars.