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The Mouawad Botswana diamond – an extraordinary journey

23 July 2020

Since the 1970s, when diamonds were first discovered in Botswana, the country has emerged as the world’s largest producer of diamonds by value. Each natural diamond is unique, and some are naturally more spectacular than others. Such is the case with the 84.10 carat type IIa D colour rough crystal discovered deep within the Karowe mine in Botswana. Approximately three billion years old, type IIa diamonds are estimated to have formed at a depth of up to 600km below the earth’s surface and are highly sought after for their pure, nitrogen-free composition that gives them unequalled transparency.

Upon being unearthed, this 84.10 carat rough diamond was deemed a true wonder of nature. Its destiny, however, was to become even greater after it was acquired by Mouawad in late 2018. Over a period of three months, Mouawad’s team of experts analysed the rough diamond before the decision was made to divide it into six distinctive pieces. Leveraging their vast expertise and well-honed skills, Mouawad’s master diamond cutters proceeded to craft a magnificent suite of six D Flawless diamonds, in varying shapes and sizes, with the following respective cuts and carat weights: 12.89 round brilliant cut, 9.60 round brilliant cut, 8.51 emerald cut, 5.66 emerald cut, 3.08 round brilliant cut, 2.08 emerald cut – individually beautiful while together making an exceptional ensemble befitting of the Mouawad name.

The six Botswana diamonds join recent acquisitions, such as the impressive 51.03 carat D Flawless Dynasty diamond, and 54.21 carat Mouawad Dragon, the largest round brilliant vivid yellow diamond in the world, to take their place in the ever-growing Mouawad collection. This collection includes many of the world’s most exceptional diamonds, such as the 245.35 carat Jubilee Diamond, the 135.92 carat Queen of Holland diamond, the 69.42 carat Taylor Burton, and the largest cushion shaped D IF weighting 218.08 carat.

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