A 555.55-carat black diamond that is thought to have come from space is going up for auction.

19th January, 2022.      //   General Interest  // 

The auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has shown a 555.55-carat black diamond that is simply out of this planet.
The unique stone, called “The Enigma” by Sotheby’s, is thought to have come from outer space, either as a result of a meteorite impact or a collision between Earth and a “diamond-bearing” asteroid. According to Sotheby’s, a natural faceted black diamond of this size is a “very unusual occurrence,” and it is expected to fetch up to £5 million ($6.8 million) when it goes under the hammer in London in February, after having been exhibited in Dubai and Los Angeles.

Carbonado diamonds, also known as black diamonds, have trace amounts of nitrogen and hydrogen — elements found in interstellar space — and can be traced back to between 2.6 and 3.8 billion years ago. Osbornite, a mineral found in meteorites, is also present in them. The diamond is “a true natural phenomena,” according to Nikita Binani, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s in London. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the world’s most precious, billion year-old cosmic wonders,” she added in Monday’s news release.

The diamond’s shape is based on the Hamsa, a symbol of protection in the Middle East, which means five in Arabic. According to the auctioneer, the idea of five runs throughout the stone. It has exactly 55 facets, or faces, in addition to its 555.55 carat weight. According to Sotheby’s, faceted black diamonds have sold for more than £10,000 ($13,600) per carat in the past. In Botswana, a 1,174-carat diamond was discovered.
The auction company said it will accept bitcoin as payment for the diamond, which will be available for bidding online from February 3 to 9.
Earlier this year, Sotheby’s auctioned a 101-carat diamond dubbed “The Key 10138,” which became the most costly jewel ever acquired using cryptocurrency when it was sold last year. After the auctioneer revealed that it was allowing bitcoin and ethereum bids in addition to regular payment methods, the pear-shaped gemstone sold for $12.3 million. The two cryptocurrencies used to complete the transaction were not disclosed by Sotheby’s.

Large-ticket items, such as paintings and NFTs — the blockchain-backed tokens that are increasingly used to transfer ownership of digital artworks and collectibles — have begun to accept cryptocurrency. Last April, Sotheby’s CEO Charles Stewart told the press that he believed NFTs and cryptocurrency were opening up the art market.

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