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    Default A contender for the Cullinan.

    In a time of suffering and uncertainty I thought it would be good to share a piece of news who's value of interest is not exclusively set in misfortune. Thus here we see the sale of a diamond that if of stable enough conditiong coule be cut to produce the world's largest cut flawless diamond, and outshine the Great Star of Africa, the current greatest diamond currently housed on the end of Elizabeth II's Scepter.

    Lesedi la Rona diamond set to be sold at auction for £52m

    The world's largest uncut diamond is expected to be sold for more than £52m in an unprecedented auction in London.

    The Lesedi la Rona, almost the size of a tennis ball, was unearthed in Botswana in November.

    The rough diamond is 1,109 carats and believed to be more than 2.5 billion years old.

    The Mayfair auction, which is the first time a rough diamond of such a size has gone on public sale, takes place at Sotheby's later.

    The Lesedi la Rona, which means 'our light' in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana, was discovered by Lucara Diamond Corp's Karowe mine.

    David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby's jewellery division, said the diamond's discovery is "the find of a lifetime".

    "Every aspect of this auction is unprecedented. Not only is the rough superlative in size and quality, but no rough even remotely of this scale has ever been offered before at public auction," he said.
    It is the first Diamond of it's size to be found in a hundred years and wa apparantly too large to fit in any of the Lucara Diamond Corp's scanners.
    Last edited by Greyblades; 06-29-2016 at 17:38.
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