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Things go pear-shaped in a good way as SA diamond is set to ...

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Things go pear-shaped in a good way as SA diamond is set to fetch R500m

And a portion of the proceeds will be used to bring water to people in conflict zones

Cecile Mantovani and Emma Farge

The largest white diamond ever auctioned will go under the hammer in Geneva next week, part of a sale by Christie’s that features two stones weighing more than 200 carats each.

“The Rock”, a 228.31 carat pear-shaped stone roughly the size of a golf ball, is expected to sell for up to $30m (about R482m), the auctioneer said.

Mined in SA, “The Rock” was worn by its former owner as a Cartier necklace. The previous auction record for a white diamond was a 163.41 carat gem sold in 2017...

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