40.85ct Forevermark diamond brooch rakes in a million at Christie’s.
Jewellery designer Shaun Leane’s White Light diamond brooch sold at auction house Christie’s for a sparkling US$1.5m (£1 million) on May 12.
The broach, which was created last year using 40.85 carats of Forevermark diamonds, is Leane’s largest diamond piece to date.
The broach took almost a year to create and contains more than 2,477 hand-set diamonds. Created for the Forevermark Precious Collection in collaboration with Steinmetz Diamonds, the unique item features 13 D-colour, internally flawless pear-shaped Forevermark diamonds.
Steinmetz is renowned for crafting famous diamonds, including the legendary 203.04 carat Millennium Star and the Ponahalo Diamonds, the two largest Forevermark diamonds in the world at 102.11 carats and 70.87 carats respectively.
The brooch’s name is summarised by Leane, who said: “White Light encapsulates the first snow of winter that falls reducing everything to zero, man eclipsed by a quiet cover of pure white. Snow crystals settled on leaves, an ethereal light so pure and still that it cuts to the essence of what is natural, pure and precious. Only the brilliant purity of the most precious natural diamonds can equal that luminous wonder.”