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The spectacular journey of the Kimberley Yellow Diamond

26 August 2020

In 2019, along the Vaal river terraces within an ancient alluvial diamond deposit near Kimberley, South Africa, a magnificent rough yellow diamond weighting more than 100 carat surfaced from the gravel.

This geographic origin is shared with other renowned gems that include the Eureka, the Oppenheimer, the Star of Africa, and the 2016 Mouawad Kimberley Star, the largest fancy vivid yellow modified pear brilliant-cut diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America.

Soon after the discovery of this magnificent rough diamond, the rare and unique crystal was acquired by Mouawad. Then, during an intensive six-month process, it was scanned, analysed, cut and polished by Mouawad master craftsmen in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The scanning process had confirmed the potential for a cushion-cut diamond of approximately 71 carat and a satellite stone of around 10 carat in a radiant cut. After careful cutting by Mouawad craftsmen, the rough diamond became two distinguished pieces: the larger stone finished as a 71.13 carat cushion-shaped fancy intense yellow diamond, rated VVS2 for clarity, while the satellite stone finished a 10.17 carat radiant cut diamond, rated internally flawless, with both diamonds displaying excellent polish and symmetry.

The two 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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