ALROSA has unveiled The Dynasty, the lead stone in a unique collection of five diamonds created from a 179-carat rough diamond (The Romanovs) and manufactured at its cutting and polishing facilities. The centerpiece of the collection, a 51.38-carat traditional round brilliant-cut diamond, is the purest of all large diamonds manufactured throughout the Russian jewelry history, according to the company. The Romanovs was recovered from Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in 2015. The Dynasty video and photos are available here. The collection will be sold at a special online auction scheduled for November 2017 as part of a program to build up its polishing business for high-end stones.
The company says there was a good reason to choose the name for the collection, which is connected with ALROSA's intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship; Russia's first cutting and polishing factory was founded by Peter I early in the 18th century. The Dynasty, the main 51.38-carat diamond, is a 57-facet traditional round brilliant-cut diamond, Triple Excellent, D, VVS1. As to overall characteristics, it is unprecedented in the history of Russia - it is the most expensive diamond with the best clarity characteristics ever cut in the country, the chef d'oeuvre of Russian polishers. Other diamonds in the collection are named after the dynasties that played a crucial role in the development of the Russian jewelry. A 16.67-carat round brilliant-cut diamond, the second by weight, was named The Sheremetevs. The Orlovs is a 5.05-carat oval diamond. The Vorontsovs is a 1.73-carat pear-cut diamond, and The Yusupovs is a 1.39-carat diamond.
Sergey Ivanov, President of ALROSA commented, “This collection is really unique. All five diamonds were manufactured from one rough diamond, which is exceptional. It took a year and a half to create the collection, but the result was worth it: we have obtained amazing quality diamonds. And the main diamond, The Dynasty, has become the purest of the largest diamonds throughout the history of jewelry in our country. The whole collection was certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Less than 1% of diamonds in the world have such characteristics as color D and clarity VVS1. And such characteristics of polished diamonds obtained from one rough diamond are exceptional. To be sure, it is a masterpiece of Russian polishers.” All five diamonds in The Dynasty collection were manufactured by the craftsmen from Diamonds ALROSA, ALROSA’s cutting and polishing division.
Pavel Vinikhin, Director of Diamonds ALROSA said, “The creation of The Dynasty was of great importance. This stone gives a start to a new stage in the development of ALROSA’s cutting division that will actively develop polishing of extra-large and colored diamonds. The Dynasty demonstrated that we can do it at the highest level. We work a lot on the technique, combine modern technologies with the secrets of jewelers of the Russian Imperial Court. And we expect that the revival of their traditions will be a worthy contribution to the promotion of the Russian jewelry stones’ brand in the global market."