Louis Vuitton Now Owns The Second Largest Diamond In Recorded History
In 1905 at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, Frederick Wells discovered a 3,106-carat diamond in Sir Thomas Cullinan's mine. Known as the Cullinan, it was the world's largest diamond ever unearthed - and remains so to this day. The Cullinan has been used to craft the British Crown Jewels and other royal collections.
On April 19, 2019, a 1,758-carat rough diamond was found in Botswana's Karowe Mine, which is owned by Lucara Diamond Corp.. It ranks as the second largest diamond yet, and is christened Sewelô, meaning "Rare Find" in the Setswana language. Louis Vuitton purchased this exceptional gem.
Roughly the size of a tennis ball, measuring 83mm x 62mm x 46mm and weighing 352 grams, it is covered by a layer of black carbon, which gives a clue that its age may be around 2 billion years old.
In order to bring out what promises to be a remarkable beauty within, Louis Vuitton is working closely with Lucara Diamond Corporation and the HB Company of Antwerp to create bespoke custom-cut diamonds. The Sewelô's analysis, scanning, planning, cutting and polishing are estimated to complete in a year.
Once that's done, clients of Louis Vuitton will be given the ultimate opportunity in diamond customisation, creating their ideal jewellery by choosing the the type of cut and shape of stones with the Sewelô. One option will be the emblematic monogram of rounded flower and star-shaped motif.