Russian diamond miner Alrosa celebrated Valentine’s Day by displaying a unique rough diamond that has the shape of a heart.
The rough stone weights 65.7 cts. and was found January 23 in Yakutia. An Alrosa statement says it is “endowed with high-quality characteristics” and is believed to be more than 300 million years old.
In an interview supplied by Alrosa, chief specialist Natalya Kislova called this an “extremely rare” find.
The Project D ring, fashioned from a single 155 ct. plate of lab-grown diamond, was created by Dutch Diamond Technologies (DDT). The ring is not the same as the (RED) Diamond, designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newson, which was announced last year and is currently in production
Dominion Diamond Mines announced that a 552 ct. yellow diamond (pictured) has been discovered at the Diavik mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The mine says the stone is the largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America.
A Dominion statement says it doesn’t plan to sell the stone as a piece of rough but will find a partner to cut and polish it, noting that “only a handful of master cutters” are qualified to do so.
The find surpasses the gem previously considered the largest gem ever found in North America—the 187.7 ct. Foxfire, which was found in 2015, also at Diavik. That was polished and turned into a 37.87 ct. pear-shape and a 36.8 ct. pear-shape that were both recently auctioned as part of a Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale and were purchased for $1.3 million.
“A diamond of this size is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America and Canadamark diamonds overall,” said Dominion in a statement.