This is a 507 carat diamond in the rough called the 'Cullinan Heritage' and the Chow Tai Fook jewellery company paid $35.3 million for it, the highest ever paid for a rough diamond.
The company plans to cut it into a fine round diamond of more than 120 carats.
This sweet little diamond is 20 carats and the chunk up above will be more than 5 times as large when it's cut and polished. Not quite as big as the Millennium Star, 203.04 carats, I blogged about last month.
I am currently in a bidding war on eBay for two stones, one for $20 and one for $7. They're listed as ametrines which to my mind is yellow citrine and purple amethyst but these are a golden to green oval and pear shape. $35 million against $27, but I know my limits even if eBay tell me I must bid up or I might loose the gems.
I've been trawling the web looking at jewellery and gems to calm down after an exciting week.
I mean, a second full moon of the month, an earth tremor, a plane crash on the ritzy golf course and the arrival of the new wheel chair which, thank the Goddess, is still too hard for me to push. She looked so comfortable in it yesterday that she'll probably live for another 50 years.
They had me draw the Easter Egg raffle and, trust me, I pulled out the name of the dear little lady who dropped off the twig last week. After a hurried consultation they decided to do a re-draw (like that wasn't a given) and it wasn't my ticket. I did win a bingo game but only after I checked that no-one else was anywhere near getting bingo. My mother told me to eat the marshmallow bunnies because she wanted the plastic bag so now I know what to buy her for Mothers Day, a box of plastic bags.
So now I'm relaxing between computer bids and reading a book. It's a social history book and I keep coming across words which I've no idea of the meaning. I've taken to writing them down for a dictionary marathon. One snippet I loved was about Duchess Lily, wife to the rotten 8th Duke of Marborough who obligingly croaked at the age of 48. Whistler had painted of portrait of the Duke's mistress, the voluptuous Lady Colin Campbell, but good ol Duchess Lily ripped it to shreds and posted the pieces to her ladyship. I love a good revenge. I didn't have to do that, since the Blonde has the ex sleeping, snoring and slobbering beside her every night.
Now if anybody knows the meaning of 'rascinating', just leave it in the comments.