‘Out of this world’ 555-carat diamond space rock dubbed ‘Enigma’ on sale in UK for £5m

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Dubbed “The Enigma,” the diamond is from “out of this world,” with some speculating it was part of a meteorite. Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai showed off the rock as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before it is due to be auctioned off in February in London. Sotheby’s expects the diamond to be sold for at least £5million and will be accepting cryptocurrency as a possible payment method.

Sophie Stevens, a jewellery specialist at Sotheby’s Dubai, said the number five bears an importance significance to the diamond, which has 55 facets as well.

She added: “The shape of the diamond is based on the Middle-Eastern palm symbol of the Khamsa, which stands for strength and it stands for protection.

“So there’s a nice theme of the number five running throughout the diamond.”

Ms Stevens said that the rock is believed to have extraterrestrial origins.

She added: “With the carbonado diamonds, we believe that they were formed through extraterrestrial origins, with meteorites colliding with the Earth and either forming chemical vapour disposition or indeed coming from the meteorites themselves”

Black diamonds, also known as carbonado, are extremely rare, and are found naturally only in Brazil and Central Africa.

The cosmic origin theory is based on their carbon isotopes and high hydrogen content.

It contains traces of nitrogen and hydrogen abundant in space, as well as osbornite, a mineral uniquely present in meteors.

The diamond was acquired as a rough stone in the 1990s by its current owner, who had it cut into the current shape that was inspired by the Middle East palm-shaped symbol of power and protection, the Hamsa.

Katia Nounou Boueiz, Head of Sotheby’s UAE, in a released statement: ‘We are honoured that Dubai has been chosen as the first stop for this exceptional rarity and are thrilled to play a part in its journey, which began so many millions of years ago.’

Black diamonds, or carbonado, are composed of microcrystalline diamonds in random crystallographic orientations.

These stones appear dark, opaque, porous, and often display a subtle luster.

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One of the most difficult substances to cut, the 555.55-carat diamond has never been shown by its unnamed owner of the past 20 years, but experts turned it into a 55-face jewel.

Nikita Binani, Sotheby’s Jewelry Specialist and Head of Sale in London, added: “This diamond is a true natural phenomenon.

“Its sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to humankind.”

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