Every wondered what 163 carat diamond looks like? We got to see it up close as the de GRISOGONO tour of Creation 1 comes to Dubai.
The sparkling jewel is on a global venture before making it’s final journey to Geneva to be auctioned off in partnership with Christie’s. The D-Colour Type IIA of flawless clarity is the largest to ever come to auction and the entire masterpiece is worth upwards of $30 million – so it’s pretty special.
After being discovered in early 2016 in eastern Angola, it took months of analyses and cutting before falling under the masterful hands of Fawaz Gruosi and his team in De Grisogono headquarters. The challenge was to create a piece that can make a diamond of this size wearable and elegant. After going through 50 designs, Gruosi chose an asymmetric necklace with the 163 carat diamond as the centrepiece, enhanced with diamonds and emeralds.
He said, “I chose emeralds because I love the green colour and mixing it with other stones. And, being Italian, I am superstitious. Green means good luck – you will see a lot of it in my collections.”
It took six months and 14 craftsmen and women to complete the design of this necklace that has a fluid shape and balances the stone at the centre perfectly. For an added creative flair, Gruosi designed the stone to be removable (with great care of course) so it can be worn on the specifically designed cuff bracelet. Once the necklace has an owner, de GRISOGONO will offer to work closely with them to create other designs, such a tiara or brooch featuring this impressive diamond.
Auction will take place on November 14 in Geneva.