‘Pure’ di­a­mond for sale

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Christie’s puts un­der the ham­mer next week the largest fancy vivid pink di­a­mond that the famed auc­tion house has ever sold, ex­pect­ing to fetch US$30 mil­lion (NZ$44.4m) to $50 mil­lion for the nearly 19-carat, rect­an­gu­lar-cut gem­stone. The ‘‘Pink Legacy’’ will be the stand­out of­fer­ing at Christie’s fall jew­ellery auc­tion in Geneva on Tues­day. The stone once be­longed to the Op­pen­heimer di­a­mond fam­ily, and Christie’s says it qual­i­fies as a Type IIa di­a­mond – the most chem­i­cally pure stones with lit­tle if any ni­tro­gen. It says fancy vivid pink di­a­monds over 10 carats are ‘‘vir­tu­ally un­heard of’’ in salesrooms. Christie’s sale kicks off two days of jew­ellery auc­tions in Geneva. On Wed­nes­day, Sotheby’s will auc­tion jew­ellery once owned by French Queen Marie An­toinette that hasn’t been seen in pub­lic for 200 years.

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