Cut from an exceptional rough of over 770 carats, the historic Victory Diamond was the largest and most significant diamond discovered in the 1940’s from the Woyie River in eastern Sierra Leone. The rectangular-cut diamond of 31.34 carats, graded Type IIA and potentially internally flawless, was named ‘Victory’ in honor of the Allied victory in World War II.
This outstanding piece was first offered at Christie’s New York on 11 April 1984 as part of the collection of Florence J Gould, a social doyenne of the 20th century, as well as an avid art collector. The sale of Mrs. Gould’s jewelry collection realized $8 million, which was the highest total ever achieved at auction for a single collection of jewellery at the time — with the Victory diamond being one of the top three lots sold. On 10 December, Christie’s is once again pleased to present collectors with the opportunity to acquire the beautiful and legendary Victory diamond.