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The Star of Sierra Leone was discovered on Valentine’s Day 1972. The rough diamond weighed 968.9 carats, approximately 195 grams. It was discovered 320 km east of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
At 968.9 carats, it is the fourth largest gem quality diamond ever found; behind the Cullinan, the Excelsior and the Lesedi La Rona. However it is the largest alluvial diamond ever found. Alluvial diamonds lay in river beds or ocean floors, where they are discovered after millions of years of natural erosion.
De Beers handled the sale of the Star of Sierra Leone rough and it became the property of Harry Winston on 3rd October 1972; reported to be sold for just under $2.5 million. The rough was exhibited around the world, with proceeds going to various charities in Sierra Leone.
The Star of Sierra Leone was then studied for several months in New York. Harry Winston wanted one big exceptional gem: an emerald-cut diamond weighing 143.20 carats. However, upon completion, this exceptional gem was discovered to be flawed. Mr Winston decided to have this stone recut into seven gems. In total, the rough of the Star of Sierra Leone produced seventeen gems, for a total of 238.48 carats. Thirteen of them were flawless. The last one of the stones was sold in 1975.
On 26th December 1973 the family of the current owner acquires the 22.27 carat Star of Sierra Leone VI from Harry Winston. Between 1973 and 1981, the current owner asks Harry Winston to re-cut the stone, in order to remove a feather inclusion. The new recorded weight is 21.69 carats.
We are delighted to offer the Star of Sierra Leone VI, an exceptional D colour pear-shaped diamond weighing 21.69 carats, which has remained in the family of the vendor from 1973 until today.