The World’s Largest Place Cut diamond believed to have come from outer space is being auctioned online.
Sotheby’s is hosting an online auction February 3-9 for the world’s largest cut diamond: the billion-year-old ‘Enigma’.
The Enigma is a 555.55-carat black (carbonado) diamond, estimated to sell for $4 to $7 million, according to Sotheby’s.
The gem is also cut with 55 faces to honor the Middle Eastern Hamsa: a palm-shaped amulet meant to protect all who wear it.
The gem was listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest diamond in the world in 2006 and is finally on the market after two decades.
Cryptocurrency will be accepted as a form of payment for the remarkable diamond.
Gems will be sold “with no reserve”, which means that the highest offer offered will be accepted with no minimum limit.
“This diamond has been treasured by its owners for more than two decades and the diamond itself has never been publicly displayed or offered for sale on the open market, so we are delighted for the opportunity to tell the story. its story to the world,” said Sotheby’s jewelry expert Nikita Binani.
Binani added: “Selling it represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the rarest billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to mankind.
The gem was named ‘Enigma’ because its origin remains a mystery, even to experts, although many believe it came from outer space.
Sotheby’s called the stone “a treasure from interstellar space.”
Meanwhile, Stephen Haggerty, professor of earth and environment at Florida International University, said he is convinced of the diamond’s “non-Earth origin”.
“There is no reasonable, scientific alternative to [extraterrestrial] origin of carbonado,” Haggerty added.
Some popular theories include that the diamond broke off the part of the asteroid that collided with Earth and was born from a meteorite impact.
“The size, shape and provenance of the Enigma diamond mean that this auction is a groundbreaking and astonishing event in diamond history,” said Tobias Kormind., CEO of Europe’s largest online jeweler, Mayfair headquarters 77 diamondsspeak.
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