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From this world: 555.55 carat black diamonds land in Dubai | WGN Radio 720

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Employees of Sotheby’s Dubai will unveil the 555.55 carat black diamond “The Enigma” to be auctioned at the Sotheby’s Dubai Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday, January 17, 2022. (AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has literally unveiled diamonds from outside the world.

Sotheby’s calls the 555.55 carat Black Diamond (believed to come from space) “Engima”. The rare gem was unveiled to journalists on Monday as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before being auctioned in London in February.

Sotheby’s expects diamonds to sell for at least £ 5 million ($ 6.8 million). The auction house will also accept cryptocurrencies as possible payments.

Sotheby’s Dubai jewelery specialist Sophie Stevens told The Associated Press that the fifth number is important for diamonds with 55 facets.

“The shape of the diamond is based on the symbol of the Middle Eastern palm of Kamsa, which represents strength and protection,” she said. In Arabic, hamsa means 5.

“So there’s a great number 5 theme that runs across diamonds,” she added.

Stevens also said that Black Diamond is likely to come from space.

“In Carbonard diamonds, we believe that meteorites collide with the Earth and form chemical vapor deposition, or are actually formed by extraterrestrial origins that originate from the meteorite itself,” she said.

Black diamonds, also known as carbonados, are extremely rare and can only be found naturally in Brazil and Central Africa. The theory of cosmic origin is based on their carbon isotopes and high hydrogen content.

From this world: 555.55 carat black diamonds land in Dubai | WGN Radio 720

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