’Flawless’ white diamond could fetch over $33 million in London

LONDON: An assistant holds a 102.34 carat white diamond at Sotheby's auction house in London, Britain February 8, 2017. (reuters)
Updated 08 February 2018

’Flawless’ white diamond could fetch over $33 million in London

LONDON: A white diamond billed as the largest and purest of its type to come to market is expected to sell for well over $33 million.
Sotheby’s auction house says the 102.34-carat gem mined from Botswana “is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats perfect according to every critical criterion” — carats, color, clarity and cut.
Sotheby’s diamond department head Patti Wong called it “over 100 carats of flawless perfection.”
The diamond went on display Thursday at Sotheby’s London showroom and is being offered for private sale. It’s expected to fetch a price “considerably higher” than the $33.7 million auction record for a white diamond.
The auction record for any diamond is held by the “Pink Star,” which sold for $71 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2017.


Drop in new China virus cases as toll reaches 2,345: govt

This Feb. 18, 2020, photo, shows an overview of the temporary hospital converted from an exhibition center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP)
Updated 12 min 17 sec ago

Drop in new China virus cases as toll reaches 2,345: govt

BEIJING: The death toll in China from the new coronavirus outbreak rose by 109, the National Health Commission said Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,345.
Another 397 new cases were reported nationwide, down from nearly 900 new cases officially reported Friday, bringing the total number of cases to over 76,000.