When the largest rough diamond in more than a hundred years comes up for auction, it will be the only lot on the block. And for good reason. First, at 1,109 carats and roughly the size of a tennis ball, this historic stone would make any other gem look uninteresting. Second, given that it has already been identified by the Gemological Institute of America as possessing the exceptional quality and transparency commonly associated with Type IIA diamonds, it might make other precious stones look a bit dull. With its extraordinary depth, this new rough is chemically the purest of all diamonds, part of a rare and much sought after subgroup that includes less than two per cent of all gem diamonds. So it stands with reason that the Lesedi La Rona, which means “Our Light” in Botswana’s Tswana language, will be a stand alone sale, not to mention what we call the “find of a lifetime.” For sale on June 29, 2016. Estimated to sell at $78,000,000 | #Sothebys #VentureSIR

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