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Monday, 29 October 2007

Red Cross diamond. Canary yellow in color and weighing 375 carats in the rough, this South African dia­mond was cut into a 205-carat square cut. A "Maltese cross effect" can be seen through the table as a result of cutting. The London Dia­mond Syndicate presented the stone to the British Red Cross Society and the order of St. John of Jerusalem in 1918. Later in the same year, it was sold to an undisclosed buyer on be­half of the Red Cross at the London auction house of Christie, Manson & Woods for £10,000. For many years it was rumored to have belonged to a royal family in Europe. Sometime prior to 1950, the Red Cross was ac­quired by a Saudi Arabian who sold it at auction in Geneva in November 1973 to an unknown buyer. The stone is now privately owned and deposited in Switzerland where it is presently for sale.

 
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