Sunday, February 13, 2011

Now that's a Valentine's gift: £7m heart-shaped diamond to go on sale

If you are expecting the umpteenth box of chocolates and bunch of flowers on Valentine's Day, consider nudging your significant other in the direction of this spectacular gift for some inspiration.

A 56-carat heart-shaped diamond is up for sale for those looking for a gift that will satisfy even the most demanding of women.

But it is not for everyone, with the likely buyer expected to pay up to £7.5million.

However there is still a bit of time to save up, with Christie's selling the item in Geneva in May.

The diamond is cut to a perfectly symmetrical heart. It is one of only a handful of 50 carat-plus jewels to be offered in an auction over the last 20 years.

Part of Christie's Magnificent Jewels collection, the item has an estimated price tag of between £5.6 million and £7.5 million.

However it is still relatively modest in terms of the most expensive diamonds ever sold.

The Cullinan diamond is the most expensive ever valued at £250million.

It is the largest rough gem quality diamond ever found, at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g).

And the largest polished stone from the diamond, Culinan I, was the largest finished stone in the world until the discovery of the Golden Jubilee diamond in 1985.

Both are in Britain's Crown Jewels after being found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.

Read more: Daily Mail

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