Luxury department store Harrods has unveiled what it claims is one of the world’s rarest diamonds.
The 228.31-carat gem is referred by its owner – who chose to remain anonymous – as the ‘Harrods Diamond’ and has been kept secret in the Knightsbridge store’s safe deposit until now.
The pear-shaped diamond has been graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as colour G, placing it at the top of the near-colourless class, with a clarity grade of VS1 – rare for a diamond of such proportions.
Helen David, chief merchant at Harrods, said: “We are thrilled to unveil one of the world’s rarest diamonds, the so-called Harrods Diamond, named after the iconic Knightsbridge store.
“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.”
The Harrods Diamond will be available to view, by appointment only, from mid-December.