A billion-year-old black diamond which is believed to be the world’s largest cut diamond has been sold at £3.16m ($4.3m).
It was named The Enigma which is 555.55 carat gem and weighs about the same as a banana and is expected to gain more than £4.4m in the online auction.
The diamond was listed as the largest cut diamond in the world in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records.
The shape of the diamond is inspired by the Middle Eastern palm-shaped symbol, the Hamsa – a sign of protection, power and strength.
The Hamsa is also related with the number five which is symbolic, since the diamond is not only 555.55 carats in size but it also contains exactly 55 facets.
The Enigma was first exhibited to the public in Dubai, Los Angeles, and London before being put up for auction.
Auctioneer Sotheby, said that the buyer has opted to use cryptocurrency for this purchase. This reflects the fact that it has started to make its mark in the world of physical art and objects.
Sotheby’s Jewellery Specialist, Nikita Binani, said that the diamond is a unique and precious object of curiosity.
She also added that its sale represents a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to humankind.
There are competing theories about the origins of the stone which includes that it was carried to Earth by an asteroid.
But after the auction, cryptocurrency entrepreneur Richard Heart, took to social media to claim that he was the buyer of The Enigma, when Sotheby’s was not able to identify the purchaser.
He told his more than 180,000 Twitter followers that as soon as the payment is gone through and possession is been taken, the gem would be renamed the “HEX.com diamond”, in reference to the blockchain platform he founded.
The gem is basically a carbonado which is defined one of the toughest forms of natural diamond.
These are extremely rare and have only been discovered in Brazil and the Central African Republic.
As they contain osbornite, a mineral found only in meteors they are believed to originate from space.
Sotheby’s also described The Enigma as one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to humankind.
Although, the precise origin of black diamonds is wrapped in mystery.
Black diamonds are usually around 2.6 to 3.2 billion years old, which is defined as a time before dinosaurs existed.
The Earth itself is around 4.65 billion years old, which is not so much older than black diamonds.