555.55 carat black diamond believed to be from space goes up for auction

DUBAI (AP) – A 555.55-carat black diamond, believed to be from space, has been revealed by auction house Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s called the diamond “Mystery.” The rare gem went on display on Monday as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before it goes up for auction in February in London, The Associated Press reported.

Experts expect the diamond to sell for at least $6.8 million. Sotheby’s also plans to accept cryptocurrency as a possible payment.

Sophie Stevens, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s Dubai, told The Associated Press that the number of years is significant for the diamond, which also has 55 facets.

She said: “The shape of the diamond is based on the Middle Eastern palmistry of Khamsa, which symbolizes strength and it symbolizes protection. Khamsa in Arabic means five.

“So there is a beautiful theme of years running through the diamond,” she added.

Stevens also said the black diamond likely came from outer space.

“With carbonado diamonds, we believe they were formed through an extraterrestrial origin, with meteorites colliding with Earth and forming a chemical vapor distribution or actually coming from,” she said. meteorites themselves.

Black diamonds, also known as carbonados, are extremely rare and are only found naturally in Brazil and Central Africa. Cosmic origin theory is based on carbon isotopes and their high hydrogen content. 555.55 carat black diamond believed to be from space goes up for auction

Tom Vazquez

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