The third largest diamond, under study in Antwerp ahead of its tour

Brussels, Jul 20 (EFE) .- The third largest diamond in the world, more than a thousand carats and about two thousand years old, is being studied in Antwerp to determine its composition, quality and value, which could reach dozens of millions of euros.

Of exactly 1,175 carats, the gem was extracted from a Botswana mine and it is estimated that it may be around 2,000 years old, so its analysis will be able to reveal “the entire history of Mother Earth hidden within” it, he details. to Efe the communication director of HB Antwerp, Margaux Donckier, whose company is in charge of the treatment of the stone.

Once the study is completed, which may last up to six months, it will travel to New York and, later, it will “be exhibited” all over the world.

“We really want this diamond to travel the world so that people can experience it, feel it, and get a good idea of ​​what Mother Nature can do,” adds Dounckier.

The diamond, which is part of a set of five pieces, reached the company because it is the only one in the world with a scanner capable of processing gemstones of that size.

“Most scanners can only scan the smallest part of diamonds. And we developed such a scanner so that we can scan it automatically, which is important to do an in-depth analysis of the stone, not only the topography of the stone and the exterior of the stone, but also the interior, ”he explains.

Antwerp has a long history with these types of gems; baptized as the “city of diamonds”, the Flemish town is known for its trade in these precious stones dating back to the 15th century.

“Today we still have the best artisans in the world. We often refer to our diamond artisans as the Champions League in terms of diamond making, ”says Dounckier.

Without an official name, the gem will be nicknamed by the winner of a contest organized among the locals of the Botsuna mine from which it was mined.

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