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Christies expert talks: a video about the largest white diamond in the world ever to come to auction

We reported last month that the auction house Christie's is to sell the largest D colour diamond ever to be offered for auction in Geneva on the 15 May 2013. The record-breaking pear-shaped diamond weighs 101.73ct, and it is the first time it has been offered for sale.

I went along to Christie's headquarters in London to talk to David Warren, Director of Jewellery at the auction house, about this whopper of a diamond. David Warren tells us that not only is it one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds ever seen, but it is also one of the world's most perfect diamonds, with the winning combination of a D colour (the top grading of colourless) as well as Flawless - which means it has no visible inclusions - and also a Type IIA.

David Warren explains what makes a Type IIA diamond as well as the estimated sale price of this spectacular stone. He also tells us that the diamond is likely to be made into a jewel, though it is too big to made into a ring, and that the buyer will have the honour of naming what, for the moment, is referred to as the '101'. Watch the video and hear the expert talk about this amazing diamond.

Here are the dates to view this spectacular diamond:

Geneva

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, 33 quai des Bergues -

Friday 10 May to Wednesday 15 May 2013

Hong Kong

Christie's Hong Kong, 22nd Floor, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road - Hong Kong

Friday 26 April and Saturday 27 April 

New York

Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza - New York, NY 10020

Saturday 13 April to Monday 15 April

 

  • The 'Winston Legacy' is the biggest white diamond ever to come to auction. The 101.73ct pear-shaped D colour flawless diamond was sold to Harry Winston at Christie's auction of jewels in Geneva on 15 May 2013. Christies Images Ltd 2013
  • Side view of the amazing 101.73 carat diamond, the largest white in the world to come to auction. It is D colour and Flawless and also a Type IIA. It came from the Botswana.

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12th April 2013

We sat down with David Warren, Christie's International Director of jewellery, to discuss their upcoming sale of a 101.73ct white diamond. The largest to ever come to market, it will be auctioned in... See more...

The 'Winston Legacy' is the biggest white diamond ever to come to auction. The 101.73ct pear-shaped D colour flawless diamond was sold to Harry Winston at Christie's auction of jewels in Geneva on 15 May 2013. Christies Images Ltd 2013

The 'Winston Legacy' is the biggest white diamond ever to come to auction. The 101.73ct pear-shaped D colour flawless diamond was sold to Harry Winston at Christie's auction of jewels in Geneva on 15 May 2013. Christies Images Ltd 2013

Side view of the amazing 101.73 carat diamond, the largest white in the world to come to auction. It is D colour and Flawless and also a Type IIA. It came from the Botswana.

Side view of the amazing 101.73 carat diamond, the largest white in the world to come to auction. It is D colour and Flawless and also a Type IIA. It came from the Botswana.

David Warren Director of Christie's jewellery

David Warren Director of Christie's jewellery