On May 11 a 228.31 carat diamond discovered in South Africa more than 20 years ago, will become the largest white diamond ever sold at auction, according to auction house Christie's, with a presale estimate between $20 and $30 million.
Most of Earth's diamonds formed billions of years ago, during the supercontinent cycle, as carbon fragments around 100 miles deep were crystallized by unimaginable forces of heat and pressure. But diamonds can also flash-form due to meteorite impact.
IGI will offer complimentary consultation services to attendees of this week's Watch & Jewellery Middle East Show. The five day event is taking place Wednesday-Sunday March 23-27 at Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE, and is expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors and 500 industry brands.