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  • Catalogue Essay

    With an exclusive diamond cutting comes a famed legacy – Ashoka the Great of the Indian Mauryan Empire was the ruler of one of the world’s largest empires at the time and a propagator of Buddhism. After years of battles, the ruler was sickened by the slaughter of war. He found peace in the practice of Buddhist teachings and announced that the religion would become national. The myth goes that diamonds which were found in the ancient city of Golconda in India had the power to banish sorrows. When a 41.37-carat diamond appeared before him, he decided to christen it ‘Ashoka’ as a notion of enlightenment.
    This story of benevolence and generosity has inspired a cutting that resembles a long cushion shape, consisting of a total of 62 facets – four more than a standard round – and is patented by William Goldberg. An extra-long rough is a requisite for such a rare cutting and fewer than one in five stones would meet this requirement. Its shape and numerous facets also afford it sensational radiance and a larger look. According to Goldberg who perfected this unique cutting, it takes up to six months for completing a single stone, and the annual production is extremely scarce. Such an example of over 10 carats is undeniably one of the most unusual and stunning diamonds available in the market today.

632

An 'Ashoka' Diamond and Diamond Ring

Size 6

Estimate
HK$2,500,000 - 2,800,000 
$320,000-360,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019