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A DIAMOND WITHOUT COLOUR AND WITHOUT FISSURES FOR 28.8 MILLION EUROS

Geneva / A necklace that hangs a diamond D color (totally colourless) of 163.41 carats and without any fissure, the largest ever auctioned, was awarded in Geneva for 33.5 million Swiss francs (28.8 million euros ), an absolute record for this precious stone.

The piece, from the Swiss jewellery store GRISOGONO, went on sale at a hotel in Geneva at a price of 20 million francs (17.2 million euros).

The diamond – of emerald cut and D colour, the highest grade in terms of colour, very rare – is one of the most exceptional ever exhibited by Christie’s, according to the jewelery manager of the bidding house, Rahul Kadakia.

In addition, it is the largest seamless D colour diamond ever auctioned.

It was found in a mine in Angola and the original stone from which it was extracted was 404 carats.

The original stone was sent to Antwerp (Belgium) to be appraised and valued and, subsequently, it was carved in New York by ten specialists who managed to laser cut and polish the gem.

After eleven months of work, the diamond was sent to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA, for its acronym in English) for certification at the end of December 2016.

In Geneva, the GRISOGNO designer, Fawz Gruosi, present today at the auction, along with his team created 50 different designs around the diamond.

At the beginning of last February, coinciding with the first anniversary of the discovery of the stone, they decided on the current design: an asymmetric necklace that has on the left side eighteen diamonds with emerald cut and on the right two rows of pear-shaped emeralds .

The design is a nod to the superstition of Gruosi, who believes that green means luck.

The Geneva jewellery took 1,700 hours to create the necklace, a job that required the work of fourteen specialists.

“The great Mazarin”

In the auction there was another star, a historical red diamond called “The great Mazarin”, a slightly pink gem, of 19.07 carats, which was awarded by 14.4 million francs (12.4 million euros).

The diamond, which was now in a private collection, belonged to Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661), to Louis XIV of France, to Louis XV, to Louis XVI, to Napoleon I, to Maria-Luisa of Austria, to Louis XVII to Carlos X, to Napoleon III, to Eugenia de Montijo, to Frédéric Boucheron and to the Baron de Derwies. (November 15, EFE/Practica Español)

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Según el texto, el diamante que se ha subastado...
A
tiene un color muy peculiar.
B
no tiene nada de especial.
C
es totalmente incoloro.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que…
A
el diamante estaba un poco rallado.
B
el diamante presentaba algunas imperfecciones.
C
el diamante estaba en perfecto estado.
Question 3
¿Dónde tuvo lugar la subasta?
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En la capital de Suecia.
B
En una ciudad de Alemania.
C
En la capital de Suiza.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que…
A
el diamante fue encontrado en una mina de Asia.
B
el diamante procede de un país africano.
C
el diamante estaba en una mina de América.
Question 5
¿Cuánto tiempo tardaron los joyeros en tallar ese diamante?
A
Casi un año.
B
Más de un año.
C
Un par de meses.
Question 6
En la noticia se dice que…
A
es la primera vez que se paga tanto dinero por un diamante de este tipo.
B
la casa de subasta no consiguió mucho dinero por esta pieza.
C
la casa de subasta esperaba subastar por más dinero esa pieza.
Question 7
Varias personas ilustres fueron propietarias del diamante “gran Mazarín”.
A
Es mentira.
B
¡Imposible saberlo!
C
Es verdad.
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