The value of rare, large and high-quality diamonds and other gemstones remains high. At auction house Christie’s in December 2008, the legendary 35.52-carat Wittelsbach diamond, at one time ensconced in the Bavarian Crown Jewels, was put on the block, with expectations of a sale in the $15 million range. It sold for a record-shattering $24.3 million.
The massive 478-carat diamond recently discovered at the Leseng mine in the African kingdom of Lesotho, once it is cut and polished, is projected to sell for far more. Its large soon-to-be-cut size—expected to be bigger than the famed 105-carat round-cut Koh-i-Noor diamond nestled in the British Crown Jewels—should bring close to $50 million at auction, reports indicate.
But sales of more modest jewels are also projected to increase this year, and with them the need for proper protection through security and insurance.
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