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THE UNGRASPABLE VALUE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST DIAMOND
« on: June 13, 2016, 02:25:04 pm »
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On a recent Saturday afternoon, visitors wandered through Sotheby’s, on the Upper East Side, to inspect articles featured in this season’s auctions. On the ground floor, they could inquire about a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 from the wine cellar of the businessman William Koch. In the exhibition halls upstairs, a Mayan classical-period stucco head was on display, as were a collection of Signacs and two diminutive Francis Bacon self-portraits. And, on the sixth floor, in a small room outside the jewelry section, surrounded by images of the cosmos and encased in glass, a truly unusual object was rotating atop a velvet-covered pedestal: the Lesedi La Rona, the biggest diamond in the world. At eleven hundred and nine carats, the stone was about the size of a fist. Its skin was opaque in places, but certain angles offered brief, clear glimpses into the depths of the crystal: a tightly woven, perfectly symmetrical carbon lattice.

Lucara Diamond, a Vancouver-based mining company, was struggling to balance the books in 2013 when it began finding large stones at its only operating mine, in Botswana. Then, last November, the mine’s X-ray machine found a clod of kimberlite that an underground volcanic eruption had shot to the Earth’s surface, like a hundred-and-fifty-pound soccer ball, some ninety million years ago. Lucara’s workers picked away the debris, washed off the dust, and found the biggest gem-quality diamond recovered in a hundred years.


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