Luxury department store Harrods has unveiled a precious stone that is now referred to as The Harrods Diamond by its owner (who chooses to remain anonymous).
The diamond has been hiding in the safe deposit of the Knightsbridge store, but now Harrods, the current custodian, is releasing the stone from its vaults and unveiling it for the first time.
The diamond, which weighs 228.31 carats, is now available to view by appointment only.
The size of the stone places the diamond among the world’s rarest. As such, only the most distinguished experts in the jewellery trade were entrusted with the fashioning of the gem. Under the hands of a highly skilled cutter, the diamond was meticulously finished as a pear-shape cut, exhibiting striking symmetry.
When it comes to colour and clarity, The Harrods Diamond displays all its brilliance. The Gemological Institute of America has graded the gem’s colour as ‘G’, placing it at the top of the near-colourless class, with a clarity grade of ‘VS1’, an impressive designation for a diamond of such grand proportions.
Chief merchant at Harrods, Helen David, comments: “We are thrilled to unveil one of the world’s rarest diamonds, the so-called Harrods Diamond, named after the iconic Knightsbridge store. It is rare that stones of this weight, cut, polish and symmetry are sold outside auction, so this is an exceptional opportunity for Harrods’ customers and a very exciting moment in Harrods’ history.”
The Fine Jewellery Room at Harrods has been long established as the ultimate destination for discerning clients to discover the world’s most renowned jewellery brands and exceptional creations. Now diamond lovers can come and discover the unique diamond throughout December.