By FRANK JORDANS – Associated Press
“It looks the weight,” said David Bennett, the head of Sotheby’s jewelry division. “At the same time it’s a very bright stone,” he added, as a model showed off the diamond to photographers before the Nov. 15 sale at Geneva‘s Beau-Rivage hotel.
The jewel is being sold by Cora International, which discovered the diamond in South Africa only last year — meaning it has no history of previous wearers.
“Some people find it very attractive to own a stone that’s been lying untouched in the earth for millions of years,” Bennet told The Associated Press.
The set comprising a necklace, brooch and pair of earrings could fetch $10 million. Some of the gems may have been part of a peace offering given by Russian Czar Peter the Great‘s wife Catherine to Ottoman Sultan Ahmed II in 1711, Sotheby’s said.
The jewel auction is preceded by a sale of historic watches Nov. 13. Items include timepieces worn by India’s first president, Rajendra Prasad, and a Rolex belonging to German chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
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