De GRISOGONO has teamed up with Christie’s to offer the enormous D-colour Flawless diamond for sale – the first time a perfect white diamond of this size has ever come to auction.
The sale will take place on 14 November in Geneva after an exciting journey that began with the 404.20-carat rough diamond being unearthed in Angola in February 2016. De GRISOGONO quickly secured the stone and named it the “4 de Fevereiro“ before unveiling it to the world at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.
The "4 de Fevereiro" rough diamond weighed 404.20 carats before being cut and polished
The diamond was then sent to New York where it took expert cutters 11 months to analyse and polish the gem into the stunning 163.41-carat emerald-cut stone we see today.
The next stage of the journey saw the diamond leaving New York for de GRISOGONO’s Geneva headquarters to undergo a rigorous inspection by founder Fawaz Gruosi. His challenge lay in creating a magnificent piece of jewellery that would match this impressive gem, whilst remaining wearable and boasting the signature style of the Swiss luxury jewellery house.
The magnificent D-colour flawless diamond weighs 163.41 carats
After two months careful consideration a decision was made: an asymmetrical emerald and diamond necklace suspending the magnificent stone at its centre. Fawaz Gruosi says of the design, “I chose emeralds because I love the green colour and mixing it with other stones. The green gives great contrast and enhances both colours. And, being Italian, I am superstitious. Green means good luck - you will see a lot of it in my collections.”
The design for the Creation I high jewellery necklace
The high jewellery necklace is now undergoing a worldwide tour that saw it stop off in Dubai last week for a host of glamorous events with Fawaz Gruosi and the team responsible for its sale at Christie’s. The diamond is detachable from the necklace and, once sold, de GRISOGONO will work closely with the lucky owner to create more unique jewels in which it can be set, such as a statement cuff and tiara.
Fortunately it seems we won’t have to wait too long before seeing some more of these one-of-a-kind pieces, with Creation I setting the stage for further outstanding de GRISOGONO high jewellery launches at Christie’s.