De Beers has partnered with auction house, Christie’s, to showcase its expertise in diamond grading, testing and educational services as part of a collaborative exhibition.
Next month, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, part of De Beers Group Industry Services (formerly known as IIDGR), will be hosting an exclusive exhibition entitled ‘Rare Treasures of the Earth’.
Taking place at Christie’s in London, the public, press and industry professionals will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some rare coloured diamonds, rocks and minerals.
Leading the exhibition is The Cullinan Dream, a 24.18ct Fancy Intense Blue VS2 rectangular-shaped diamond, drawn from the Cullinan mine in South Africa, formerly known as the Premier mine. Further highlights include Fancy Vivid Pinkish Purple Diamond of 2.01ct, a Fancy Purplish Red Diamond of 1.09ct and a Fancy Vivid Bluish Green Diamond of 1.42ct.
During the exhibit, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds will host a series of interactive hands-on demonstrations for independent retailers, private consumers and the press, giving insights into every stage of grading and testing rare fancy coloured diamonds.
Highpoints will include a diamond grading station, where guests can see a spectrum of diamond colours and test their skills by correctly assigning a colour grade to a ‘mystery’ stone. An on-site mini laboratory with gemmological microscopes will also allow guests to learn about diamond clarity by plotting inclusions and discover more about cut grading by comparing light performance in a trio of diamonds.
Visitors will also be invited to view a De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds table inscription under the microscope. This propriety in-house inscription process, which is unique to De Beers Group, applies a minuscule inscription to a diamond that is only visible under magnification.
With over 130 years of diamond grading experience, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds has graded the vast majority of diamonds in the ‘Rare Treasures of the Earth’ exhibition. This includes red, purple, blue and pink diamonds of extraordinary size and quality.
President of De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, Jonathan Kendall, shares: “With our expertise and experience in the industry, we believe we are the natural choice of partner for Christie’s for these rare and high-value diamonds, all of which will be available to purchase with De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds grading reports, providing Christie’s clientele with complete assurance and peace of mind.
“This exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for us to engage directly with the end-consumer and share the wealth of knowledge we have on diamond origin, rarity, colour, grading and testing. With our shared passion for these miracles of nature, this is a perfect partnership and we look forward to developing our relationship with Christie’s further.”
‘Rare Treasures of the Earth’ is curated by Christie’s jewellery private sales and its natural history department. Rare diamonds, gemstones and minerals in the exhibition will be available for immediate purchase by private clients who form part of an extensive network of collectors and professionals around the world.
Christie’s jewellery private sales director, Mei Giam, says: “The coloured diamond is the world’s most valuable gemstone, an exclusive beauty revered for its rarity and individual colour expression. With a shared dedication to scholarship and expertise, we are delighted to collaborate with De Beers Group on our Private Sales Jewellery event, Rare Treasures of the Earth, exploring the origin, rarity and value of these extraordinary gemstones.”
The exhibition will take place November 8-12 November 2019.