A rare gem is believed to have come from outer space, and it is now going on sale. It may be created from a meteoric impact or from a diamond-bearing asteroid that collided with the Earth. This gem, dubbed the Enigma, has been revealed by the auction house Sotheby’s Dubai and is originally a 555.55-carat multi-faceted black diamond,
Sotheby’s has mentioned that it as an extremely rare occurrence from an outside world. Sotheby’s expects it to sell for about 5 million pounds when it goes under the hammer in February in London.
Black diamonds have trace amounts of nitrogen and hydrogen, the elements found in interstellar space. They are also comprised of osbornite, a substance present in meteorites. They are also known as “Carbonado diamonds”, being black In color.
A jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s, Nikita Binani, has called this diamond a true natural phenomenon. She has mentioned in a press release on Monday that its sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attain one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic miracles known to humankind.
A Middle-Eastern palm symbol of Hamsa, a sign of protection, which means five in Arabic is basically revealed by the shape of the diamond. So the meaning of black diamond can be somewhat mixed. It is having exactly 55 facets. moreover, it is 555.55 carats. So, the theme of figure “five” runs throughout the stone.
It was mentioned by Sotheby’s that faceted black diamonds have been sold at prices surpassing 10,000 pounds per carat in the past.
It was also mentioned that the diamond will be open for bidding online from February 3 to 6, and according to an auction house, it will accept cryptocurrency as payment. This move follows the sale of another 101-carat diamond, dubbed “The Key 10138“.
It was not disclosed by Sotheby’s whether they would be using bitcoin or ethereum among mentioned cryptocurrencies to make the purchase of a pear-shaped gemstone. Many auction houses have started welcoming cryptocurrencies for big-ticket items, which have contained paintings. It was mentioned by the Sotheby’s CE0, Charles Stewart that he believed crypto was opening up the art market. He mentioned the same thing to CNN’s Julia Chatterley.