Queen of bling sparkles at museum

2014-03-27 15:40

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If diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, a precious stone on display at the Cape Town Diamond Museum deserves the title of BFF.

The “3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman” fancy yellow diamond is 2cm in diameter – the same size as a R2 coin – and is said to be much older than dinosaurs.

What makes the flat 4.76-carat diamond exceptional is its imperfection – it bears the silhouette of a woman wearing a broad hat, visible on both sides.

South African diamond kingpin Yair Shimansky, the founder of the museum, bought the gem in 2006 and put it on display at the end of last year.

This week, museum staff were tight-lipped over what Shimansky had paid for the stone from west Africa, insisting that it was “priceless”.

They hope that the diamond will add sparkle to tourist itineraries this winter.

“We invite all locals and tourists to visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum this winter to view the ‘3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman’ and alleviate cold-weather boredom,” said publicist Jo-Ann Smit.

The world’s most expensive gem is the rosy-hued 59.6-carat “Pink Star” which sold for a record-breaking $83.2 million (R843 million) at a Sotheby’s diamond auction in Geneva, Switzerland, in November last year.

The Cape Town Diamond Museum is situated at the V&A Waterfront and is open daily from 9am to 9pm.

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