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1,180ct. Russian Imperial Crown Comes to Israel

February 7, 2017

The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) will host a replica of the Great Imperial Crown of the Russian Empire embedded with 11,352 polished diamonds.

The imitation will be displayed at the sixth International Diamond Week in Israel in Ramat Gan from February 13 to 14. The original crown was used at the coronations of all Russian monarchs since Catherine the Great in 1762. 

The replica, with a total weight of 1,180 carats, has an estimated value of $20 million, the IDE said. It was created by Kristall Smolensk, a Russian diamond manufacturer, in honor of the company’s 250th anniversary. All diamonds in the crown have been sourced from rough mined by ALROSA. 

Separately, ALROSA will display a range of diamonds at the event, including an 80.59-carat polished stone named the ‘Star of Viluysk.’ The Russian miner will also hold a tender of rough and polished diamonds ranging from 10 carats to 199 carats. 


Source: Rapaport

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