The second-biggest uncut diamond in the world now belongs to Louis Vuitton
Diamond in the rough
In 2016, British multinational jeweller Graff broke the record with the world's largest D Flawless heart-shaped diamond. And just last year, the brand introduced Lesedi La Rona—the biggest square emerald-cut gem in history. But when it comes to rough diamonds, ever since the largest stone (3,106 carats) was discovered in South Africa in 1905, nothing has come close to that weight until April last year. At the Karowe mine in Botswana, Canada-based Lucara Diamond Corp mined a 1,758-carat stone weighing 352 grams and roughly the size of a tennis ball. The mining company named it "Sewelô" which translates to "rare find" in English. Nine months later, the gem has resurfaced with its new owner, and it's none other than luxury French brand Louis Vuitton. The move, no doubt, signifies the Maison's ambitions in the high jewellery market, having launch its first collection back in 2012.
The brand is currently working closely with master diamond cutters from Antwerp to "assess the final potential of the stone, and plan the optimum yield of individual finished, cut and polished diamonds", according to its press release. Its next step? To fully utilize the Sewelô gem and offer bespoke, custom-cut diamond to its clients, and when the time comes, the made-to-order service will, no doubt, be much sought-after.
Take a closer look at the Sewelô diamond below: