Harrods, the luxury department store in Knightsbridge, unveiled a hidden treasure, a 228.31-carat diamond. The pear-shape diamond has been graded a G color, VS1-clarity stone by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Chief merchant at Harrods, Helen David, said: “We are thrilled to unveil one of the world’s rarest diamonds, the so-called 'Harrods Diamond', named after the iconic Knightsbridge store."
The “splendid cut, lustrous polish and exceptional symmetry” ‘Harrods Diamond’ has been kept a secret, and till this point has been guarded safely in the Knightsbridge store’s safe deposit. Based on the images published it would seem the stone has been cut recently, suggesting the diamond stored in the safe was a rough. Information regarding the size of the rough as well as the provenance of the stone has not been made public, as the owner has requested to remain anonymous.
“It is rare that stones of this weight, cut, polish and symmetry are sold outside auction, so this is an exceptional opportunity for Harrods’ customers and a very exciting moment in Harrods’ history,” said Ms. David. Viewing the stone will be possible by appointment only at the department store, as of mid-December.