• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7478

    Contemporary Jewels and Watches

    1 November 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 169


    Price Realised  


    The brilliant-cut diamond weighing 37.08 carats to the pavé-set diamond mount
    Accompanied by report No. 15834096 dated 3 May 2007 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is F colour, SI1 clarity

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The circular brilliant-cut diamond of 37.08 carats being offered in this sale is a truly exceptional gemstone. It is the largest circular-cut F colour diamond to have appeared at auction and is graded by the Gemological Institute of America as having the rare combination, in such large diamonds, of excellent polish, excellent symmetry and excellent cut (a new grade only warranted for circular-cut diamonds of superior status).

    In order to cut a round diamond there will always be a far greater weight loss from the original crystal than there would be with any other shape, like a pear, heart, marquise or rectangle in order to best fit the irregular shape of the fractured crystals that are predominant. Also, when the colour of the diamond crystal is extremely high, as is the case here, there is even less incentive to cut a round stone and lose 50-60 percent of the weight of the original crystal. This is clearly reflected in the table of comparisons below that lists the largest F colour circular-cut diamonds sold at auction