Christie’s has introduced that The purple cross diamond is up on the market,with a part of the sale income to be donated to the worldwide committee of the Purple Cross.
The jewel is a yellow, cushion-shaped diamond of 205.07 carats and marks solely the third time in over 100 years that Christie’s will current the stone.
The unique tough stone was present in 1901 in a De Beers South African mine and is alleged to have weighed some 375 carats.
On 10 April 1918, the stone was first provided on the market at Christie’s London by the Diamond Syndicate in help of the British Purple Cross Society and the Order of St John, within the Purple Cross public sale. All the sale raised £50,000 (roughly £3m+ immediately) and The Purple Cross diamond, the highest lot of the public sale, achieved £10,000 (roughly £600,000+ immediately) and was bought by London agency S.J. Phillips.
François Curiel, chairman of Christie’s Europe and head of the luxurious division, mentioned:
current this extraordinary canary yellow diamond of 205.07 carats. “That is the third time in over 100 years for Christie’s to current this extraordinary canary yellow diamond of 205.07 carats. This can be a very particular bond and great honour.
“A part of the proceeds of the sale will profit the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross, for a trigger that’s much more poignant within the midst of present occasions.”