Christie’s will collaborate with De Beers to stage a museum-quality exhibition in London aimed at educating the public about the science of diamonds, the auction house said.
The five-day event, focused on fancy-color diamonds as well as rare rocks and minerals, will feature a range of interactive demonstrations. Led by experts at De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, these will encompass presentations on the criteria a diamond must meet to be classified as fancy color. There will also be tutorials on the polishing and grading process.
Scheduled to run from November 8 to 12 at Christie’s global headquarters in London, “Rare Treasures of the Earth” will include a rectangular-shaped, 24.18-carat, fancy-intense-blue, VS2-clarity diamond. Titled the Cullinan Dream after the Petra Diamonds-owned mine in which its rough was discovered, the stone — at the time set in a ring — sold at Christie’s New York for $25.4 million in 2016.
Other highlights will include a 2.01-carat, fancy-vivid-pinkish-purple diamond, a fancy-purplish-red stone weighing 1.09 carats, and a 1.42-carat, fancy-vivid-bluish-green diamond.
The event, which has been jointly curated by Christie’s jewelry private-sales and natural-history departments and De Beers, will also feature items for sale, Christie’s notes.
“With a shared dedication to scholarship and expertise, we are delighted to collaborate with De Beers Group on our private-sales jewelry event…exploring the origin, rarity and value of these extraordinary gemstones,” said Christie’s jewelry private-sales director, Mei Giam.
“The ‘Rare Treasures of the Earth’ exhibition represents a perfect partnership where both De Beers Group and Christie’s can bring their expertise to bear, and we look forward to developing our close relationship even further,” added Jonathan Kendall, president of De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds.
Image: The Cullinan Dream. (Christie’s)