The emerald-cut, Type IIA, D-Color, internally flawless Spectacle gave its name to the collection of gems, which also included rings, earrings, brooches and other pieces dedicated to the Russian ballet.
The Spectacle was cut from a rough stone discovered by Alrosa in 2016
Diamond prices are recovering after the pandemic brought the industry to an almost complete standstill in the first half of 2020. Strong holiday sales in the US and positive signs from the Chinese New Year have prompted buyers to replenish their rough stones stocks.
Alrosa, the world’s top diamond miner by output, is only allowed to sell rough diamonds over 10.8 carats at auctions. First, however, it must offer those larger than 50 carats to the Gokhran state repository.
The state-owned miner first offered a rough diamond of similar size at an open auction held in Moscow in 2003.