Di­a­mond set to wow at au­tumn auc­tion

Western Mail - - SHARES -

A DI­A­MOND soli­taire is a clas­sic and cov­eted piece of jewellery. At An­themion Auc­tions in Cardiff, the soli­taire due to go un­der the ham­mer on Novem­ber 21 is in some­thing of a class of its own. Weigh­ing around 5g, the stun­ning ring will daz­zle prospec­tive auc­tion buy­ers with its whopping 4.25 carats of di­a­mond, and auc­tion es­ti­mates of £15,000 to £20,000.

The round bril­liant-cut di­a­mond mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 11mm by 6mm, and dwarfs some of the other large di­a­mond soli­taires on of­fer in the auc­tion.

Soli­taire rings have one sin­gle di­a­mond and are a very pop­u­lar choice for en­gage­ment rings; they are con­sid­ered to be an iconic sym­bol of com­mit­ment, with the strik­ing sim­plic­ity of their beauty cre­at­ing a time­less ap­peal.

The favourite cut for an en­gage­ment ring is the bril­liant cut, which pro­vides the max­i­mum amount of sparkle to the gemstone, and the av­er­age carat size for an en­gage­ment ring in the UK is 0.6 carats.

To lend fur­ther per­spec­tive to the piece’s gi­ant pro­por­tions, the en­gage­ment ring worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sus­sex, mea­sured 3 carats of cush­ion-cut di­a­mond, sur­rounded by di­a­mond side stones, and the ring worn by Jackie Kennedy con­tained a 2.88-carat di­a­mond, to­gether with a 2.84-carat emer­ald. A di­a­mond of such mag­ni­tude as 4.25 carats is cer­tainly some­thing of an auc­tion rar­ity and, rather ro­man­ti­cally, the auc­tion team hope that the piece will be pur­chased by a pri­vate buyer with a truly ex­cep­tional pro­posal in mind.

The soli­taire joins a gallery of more than 200 lots of stun­ning jewellery in the fine art auc­tion, in­clud­ing a 3-carat soli­taire and nu­mer­ous other gemstone rings. The sale on Novem­ber 21 also fea­tures Welsh arts, oil and wa­ter­colour paint­ings, sil­ver­ware, fur­ni­ture, col­lec­tor’s items and works of art. ■ The auc­tion will be avail­able to view and bid on­line from Mon­day, Novem­ber 12. For any queries re­gard­ing the sale, the auc­tion house can be con­tacted on 029 2047 2444 or at an­themions@aol.com

The 4.25-carat di­a­mond soli­taire – es­ti­mated be­tween £15,000 and £20,000

Next to a 1-carat soli­taire – for size com­par­i­son

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