Freak sub-Arctic diamond going on sale
Discovered in August last year, the diamond is one of the largest rough diamonds mined in Canada and the largest ever for a Rio Tinto mine, according to the company.
“It really is a miracle that it was found,’’ said Alan Davies, head of diamonds and minerals at Rio Tinto
The company expects the stone to produce at least one 50-carat polished diamond. The company hasn’t yet estimated its value.
A potential bidder, represented by David Shara of Optimum Diamonds, is considering shaping the gem into a 100-carat maple leaf.
The stone is so unusual that it might be kept away from jewelers and remain unpolished as a rough stone, according to Shara.
“It is something extraordinarily rare that has come from North America,” he said.
In search of prospective bidders the gem has been showcased at Kensington Palace in London, New York’s Langham Place Hotel and its next stops are Antwerp and Tel Aviv. Bids will be unsealed on June 1.” But so far no further news! We will keep you posted though!
— Rio Tinto (@RioTinto) 17 May 2016