Diamonds are very rare to be found in nature especially this colorless diamond as it has an unusually large size and classification. The rough acquired diamond is 373.72 carat and the highest color, D. In addition, the diamond is classified as a Type IIa diamond. These diamonds make up for only 1-2% of all natural diamonds in the industry. They are very transparent and are almost or entirely devoid of impurities.
The diamond appearing like a deep pool of clear water was discovered in Botswana, Karowe mine. The same diamond mine where the 1,765-carat rough diamond, Lesedi la Rona diamond was found in 2015. Experts believe that the new treasure of Graff is more than 3 billion years old and likely formed when the Earth was being created! But there is more to the story. It now happens to be that the 373.72-carat rough diamond fits the Lesedi La Rona perfectly. Making it likely that the rough diamond Lesedi la Rona could have been even bigger as they fit and come from the same piece of Kimberlite.
What happens now to the 373.72-carat diamond?
The diamond is in hands of the Graff team now that it is bought. Before the diamond is a beautiful polished diamond a lot of work has to be done. The rough diamond will need to be analyzed, assessed and then cut and polished into a masterpiece that will fetch a million dollar diamond price. Which diamond shape(s) will it become and what carat shall remain of the 373.72 are questions the industry is wondering about.
More famous large diamonds classified as IIa
- The Cullinan
The Cullinan diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. With a total uncut weight of 3,106.75-carats, it remains world largest. The diamond got discovered at the Premier No.2 mine in Cullinan, Africa on 26 January 1905. The diamond was named after the chairman of the mine, Thomas Cullinan.
- The Koh-i- Noor
A large colorless diamond that was found in Andhra Pradesh, India. The diamond is possibly discovered in the 13th century and according to the stories weighed 793 carats uncut and after cutting 186 carats.
- The Lesedi La Rona
The third- largest diamond ever found and the second largest of its diamond quality. Lesedi La Rona is a colorless diamond of 1,111 carats and measures 65 mm x56 mm x 40 mm. It was discovered on 16 November 2015 in Karowe mine about 200 meters below the surface.
Graff owns more impressive diamonds
This large and extremely rare colorless diamond is one of the long lists of impressive diamonds Graff has on its name. The Venus diamond of 118.78 carats is one diamond example of the list. This diamond is the world’s largest D colored diamond in the shape of a heart that is flawless on the inside. Further examples are the Constellation, which is a D flawless round diamond of 102.79 carats, Delaire Sunrise, a square emerald cut fancy vivid yellow diamond of 118.08 carats and The Lesotho Promise, a 603-carat rough diamond that got analyzed, assessed and cut into 26 D Flawless diamonds of a total weight of 224-carats.