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The illustrated certificate reads " The Presidente Vargas Diamond, weighing 726.60 carats was the third largest rough diamond ever discovered throughout the world and the largest found in Brazil, South America. Two brothers, Joaquim and Manoel Evancio, prospectors, found it in the riverbed of the Rio Santo Antonio, Brazil, in August 1938. They sold it to a broker in Rio de Janeiro who named it after General Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil. It then passed to the Hollandsche Unie Bank of Rio in Amsterdam.
Its desirable quality and adaptability to be fashioned into gem stones were commended in Amsterdam by experts from all over the world who pronounced it to be absolutely perfect and of blue white color. Harry Winston, New York gem dealer, purchased and shipped it to the United States. After many months of careful study, it was cleaved in July of 1941 and subsequently cut into twenty-nine stones.
Portrayed hereon, are exact facsimile of the Vargas Diamond, the rough of one of said twenty-nine stones after cleaving and the finished diamond from said rough.
The undersigned (Harry Winston) do hereby certify that the diamond accompanying this certificate is the same as portrayed hereon and is one of the twenty-nine stones cut from the original Presidente Vargas Diamond"