Out of this world: 555.55 carat black diamond lands in Dubai
Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond – believed to be from outer space – “The Enigma”. The rare pearl was presented to journalists on Monday as part of a tour of Dubai and Los Angeles before being auctioned in February in London.
Sotheby’s expects the diamond to sell for at least £5 million ($6.8 million). The auction house also plans to accept cryptocurrency as a possible means of payment.
Sophie Stevens, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s Dubai, told The Associated Press that the number five is of paramount importance to the diamond, which also has 55 facets.
“The diamond shape is based on the Middle Eastern palm symbol of Khamsa, which represents strength and protection,” she said. Khamsa in Arabic means five.
“So there’s a nice number five theme running through the diamond,” she added.
Stevens also said the black diamond likely came from outer space.
“With the carbonado diamonds, we believe they were formed by extraterrestrial origins, with meteorites colliding with Earth and either forming a chemical vapor arrangement or originating from the meteorites themselves,” he said. she stated.
Black diamonds, also known as carbonado, are extremely rare and only found naturally in Brazil and Central Africa. The cosmic origin theory is based on their carbon isotopes and high hydrogen content.