Al­rosa Re­cov­ers Unique Pink 27.85-ct Di­a­mond

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Al­mazy An­abara, a sub­sidiary of Al­rosa, re­cov­ered a large pink rough di­a­mond weigh­ing 27.85 carats. The com­pany’s pre­vi­ous largest pink rough di­a­mond weighed about 4 carats. If the com­pany de­cides to cut this stone, it could be­come the most ex­pen­sive pol­ished di­a­mond in the his­tory of Al­rosa.

The rough di­a­mond has di­men­sions of 22.47 x 15.69 x 10.9 mm. The pink stone is of gem-qual­ity and al­most free of in­clu­sions.

Al­rosa of­ten re­cov­ers pink and other coloured di­a­monds at Sev­eral­maz kim­ber­lite pipes or placer de­posits of Al­mazy An­abara. Coloured di­a­monds weigh­ing over 10 carats are ex­tremely rare and re­cov­ered about once a year. As for the pink shades, by far the largest pink di­a­mond of Al­rosa weighed 3.86 carats, found by Al­mazy An­abara in 2012. Apart from this stone, for the last eight years, Al­rosa re­cov­ered only three pink di­a­monds weigh­ing over 2 carats.

“The unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of the di­a­mond make it an ex­tra­or­di­nary, rare stone of high value. Cur­rently, ex­perts of United Sell­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (USO) Al­rosa and the com­pany’s pol­ish­ing di­vi­sion Di­a­monds Al­rosa are ex­am­in­ing the stone to make the de­ci­sion: whether to auc­tion it as a rough or cut it into a pol­ished di­a­mond. Large stones, es­pe­cially coloured, are al­ways in de­mand at auc­tions. But if the com­pany de­cided to cut it, it would be­come the most ex­pen­sive di­a­mond in the en­tire his­tory of Al­rosa,” said Evgeny Agureev, the head of USO Al­rosa.

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