African diamond found on a rubbish dump forms part of the world’s most expensive necklace
Above Photo: The ‘L’incomparable’ necklace, featuring the world’s largest internally flawless diamond, weighing in at 407 carats, which took four years to polish.
An egg-shaped diamond, found in a lump of rock by a poverty-stricken African girl, has gone on sale – as the centrepiece of the world’s most expensive necklace.
The necklace is studded with 90 white diamonds and is worth £34 million.
The necklace’ centrepiece diamond was found by chance in a pile of mining rubble by a young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rubble had been ‘legitimately collected’ from a diamond mine’s tailings dump, after being rejected as being unlikely to contain diamonds.
To their eternal cost, the workers who assessed it had decided the rock was too bulky to be worth processing for diamonds, but when the girl’s uncle saw the lump, he was convinced it was of value and sold it to local African diamond dealers for an unknown sum.
The dealers, in turn, sold it to a group of Lebanese buyers operating from Kinshasa, Kenya.
It was later bought in Antwerp by De Beers and later sold to the Zale Corporation, a Dallas-based jewellery store chain, and is now on sale in Singapore.
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