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Mysterious black diamond "from outer space" under the hammer |  abroad

Mysterious black diamond “from outer space” under the hammer | abroad

On the website of the world-famous auction house Sotheby’s, it is possible to bid on an extremely rare black diamond weighing at least 555.55 carats (111.11 grams) since Thursday noon Dutch time.

Bid on named gems Puzzle (English for Mystery) Available from 3pm and runs until February 9th at 3pm. And five hours after the bid was opened, an offer of 300 thousand pounds, approximately 357 thousand euros, has already been received. This is a good start, but the amount is still well below the expected sale price. It varies between 3.5 million and 6 million euros transferred. The auction house also accepts payments in cryptocurrencies, as you read in website.

The diamond, which has never been shown before, is the largest black specimen ever offered for auction, according to Sotheby’s, and the largest cut diamond in the world, listed in the 2006 Guinness Book of Records.

According to experts, the black gem, also known as the carbonado diamond, may have come from outer space. Carbonados of this structure have so far been found only in Brazil and the Central African Republic. Scholars have long argued about their origins. “It’s shrouded in mystery as to its origin or composition because not a lot of it has been found on Earth,” geologist Aaron Celestian, curator of mineral sciences at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, told Reuters in late January.

According to experts, black diamonds are billions of years old:


He says most carbonados are between 2.6 and 3.2 billion years old. Since the origin of the Earth itself dates back to 4.65 billion years ago, black diamonds formed while the Earth’s plates were still in motion and atmospheric oxygen was taking place. Celestian: “We think that they could have formed in the depths of the Earth’s interior, much deeper than we already know about diamonds. There are hypotheses that they formed at the sites of large asteroid collisions. There are also interstellar hypotheses that they grew in space and later fell on The earth’s surface “.

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This mysterious haze around the carbon diamond source makes The Enigma live up to its name. The owner wishes to remain anonymous. The auction house only revealed that it owned this rare gemstone two decades ago. Little is known about the history of black diamonds.

Celestian believes that researching diamonds can tell us a lot about the minerals of the deep layers or the evolution of our solar system.

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Aaron Celestian Beckett The Enigma in Dubai. © Reuters

Fatima’s hand

According to Sophie Stevens, jewelry expert at Sotheby’s Dubai, the number 5 has a symbolic meaning for a diamond. Not only does it weigh in at 555.55 carats, but it also has a lot to offer. It is based on the “five”, or the hand of Fatima. The Five is a hand-shaped amulet symbolizing security and is especially popular in the Middle East and North Africa. “Five also means five in Arabic,” Stevens said.

Enigma was shown in Dubai two weeks ago to draw attention to the auction. It was shown last week in Beverly Hills. The mysterious gem is now back in London, where it will be auctioned next week.

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