A black diamond is a girl’s best friend: Sotheby’s to auction 555.55 carats of Sparkler – Ethereum – US Dollar ($ETH)


“Enigma” is its name and between February 3 and 9, bids can be placed on this 555.55 fancy black natural diamond in a Sotheby’s auction.

The diamond just went live on January 17 for potential buyers, but for those who want to see it in person, the first stop is in Dubai, where it will be at Sotheby’s Dubai International Financial Center gallery and the Dubai Diamond Exchange.

Additional pre-auction stops will be in Los Angeles, January 24-26, and London, February 2-9, where the auction will take place.

“This diamond has been treasured for over two decades by the owner, and the diamond itself has never been publicly displayed or offered on the open market,” said Nikita Binani, Sotheby’s Jewelery Specialist and Head of Sales, London.

“So we are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell his story to the world. Its sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to mankind.

Dating to approximately 2.6 to 3.8 billion years ago, carbonado black diamonds are an extremely rare natural phenomenon, containing traces of nitrogen and hydrogen abundant in interstellar space, as well as osbornite, a mineral only found in meteors, the press release says, and are found only in Brazil and the Central African Republic.

The black diamond shape is inspired by the palm-shaped symbol of the Middle East, the Hamsa – a sign of protection, power and strength – and is associated with the number five, which is imbued with symbolic meaning. The diamond not only weighs 555.55 carats, but also contains exactly 55 facets.

In addition to fiat currency, Sotheby’s accepts payments in cryptocurrency: Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH), Bitcoin ($BTC), and USD coin (CRYPTO: USDC), as with previous auctions featuring The Key 10138 diamond and works by Banksy, himself an enigma of the art world.

Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s.


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