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INTRODUCING THE ART OF DE GRISOGONO BY OFFERING THE LARGEST FLAWLESS D-COLOUR DIAMOND EVER TO COME TO AUCTION

Written by Aksel Ritenis

INTRODUCING THE ART OF DE GRISOGONO

BY OFFERING THE LARGEST FLAWLESS D-COLOUR DIAMOND EVER TO COME TO AUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worldwide – Christie’s and de GRISOGONO will present: The Art of de GRISOGONO, forming a partnership that will bring to auction the most exquisite diamonds ever offered to the market, with Christie’s forthcoming auction season in Geneva highlighting the very best of de GRISOGONO by presenting a unique necklace suspending a 163.41-carat, D colour, flawless, IIA type diamond.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewels commented: “Over our 251 year history, Christie’s has had the privilege of handling the world’s rarest and most historic diamonds. The sensational 163.41 carat perfect diamond suspended from an elegant emerald and diamond necklace propels de GRISOGONO into a class of their own.”

Established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1993, de GRISOGONO was founded by Fawaz Gruosi on three pillars: craftsmanship, innovation and creativity. On the eve of the 25th anniversary year of de GRISOGONO, the founder’s vision is to expand his fine jewellery collection by working exclusively with a handful of the largest flawless diamonds of perfect polish and symmetry. Combining these unparalleled stones with years of craftmanship, the first exceptional jewel has been created around the largest D colour, flawless diamond ever to come to auction, a 163.41 carat stone, cut from a 404 carats-rough, which was discovered in early February 2016 in the Lulo mine, located in the Lunda Sul Province in Angola.

The “4 de Fevereiro” rough is the 27th biggest rough white diamond ever discovered and the largest in Angola. The rough was analysed in Antwerp and cut in New York, where a team of 10 diamond-cutting specialists were involved in mapping, plotting, cleaving, laser-cutting and polishing the rough 404.20 carat into a unique 163.41 carat emerald-cut stone. The first cut was done on 29th of June 2016, when the 80 year old master diamond cleaver performed a cut along a grain line to cleave the crystal in two. After 11 months of work the polished 163.41-carat stone was ready to be send to the GIA in late December 2016. To date this is the largest D flawless diamond ever to appear for sale at auction.

In Geneva at de GRISOGONO, Fawaz Gruosi, together with his team created 50 different designs around the 163.41-carat stone and in early February 2017, coinciding with the first anniversary of its discovery, the final choice of the design was made: an asymmetric necklace with the 163.41-carat diamond as the centrepiece, trailing on the left side 18 emerald-cut diamonds and to the right two rows of pear-shaped emeralds, offering a fresh contrast to the cool white diamonds as well as a nod to Mr. Gruosi’s superstition – green means good luck – and hence, emeralds take a central part in his collections. No gold is visible between the emeralds as each gem is perfectly matched with its neighbour and the metal is darkened to create the chiaroscuro effect that is so characteristic of de GRISOGONO. The prongs holding in place the 163.41 carat diamond disappear under four baguette- cut diamonds creating an effect of dazzling brilliance. The reverse side of the gold basket is engraved with the diamond’s weight and set with yet more diamonds.

It took over 1700 hours to create this unique jewel and involved a team of 14 craftsmen and their know-how as well as love for perfection for each detail in the necklace.

Christie’s is honoured to present to the world this masterpiece of unparalleled beauty and exquisite workmanship during their preview exhibitions in Hong Kong, London, Dubai, New York and Geneva. The necklace will be offered in the Magnificent Jewels auction taking place on 14 November in Geneva at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.

EXHIBITION TOUR

CHRISTIE’S HONG KONG

28 September-1 October 2017

22nd Floor, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road Central

CHRISTIE’S LONDON

4-7 October 2017

8, King Street, SW1Y 6QT London

CHRISTIE’S AND DE GRISOGONO IN DUBAI

de GRISOGONO in Dubai 17-19 October 2017

CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

4-5 November 2017

Rockefeller Centre, 20 Rockefeller Plaza

CHRISTIE’S GENEVA

9-14 November 2017

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Quai des Bergues 33

AUCTION

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 7pm GMT

Christie’s at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva

 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totalled £2.35 billion / $3 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price – see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.

About de GRISOGONO

de GRISOGONO has created a characteristic and immediately recognisable style expressed through High Jewellery, Jewellery and Watch collections. Each creation is unique, while bearing within it the distinctive signatures that reflect the spirit of the Maison. In the course of time, its collections have become icons and sources of inspiration, representing an art that at first glance appears astonishing simple, yet which takes great skill to master.

In 1993, Fawaz Gruosi founded de GRISOGONO. 24 years after propelling the black diamond to the forefront of the international jewellery scene, this designer and aesthete is currently considered one of the most innovative creative forces of his generation. His iconic and daring designs have enabled de GRISOGONO to take its place among the most prestigious names in contemporary luxury.

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