Saturday, 21 January 2017

Chopard and the 342-carat Queen of Kalahari Diamond

The Queen of Kalahari was discovered in Botswana’s Karowe Mine two years ago. The mine, previously owned by the De Beers group, was taken over by Lucara Diamond Corp in 2010.

Of all the colossal roughs discovered at Karowe, Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele believes hers is the purest. Among the 23 stones cut from the D colour, Type IIA Queen of Kalahari, five are above 20 carats: a 50-carat round brilliant, a 26-carat heart shape, a 25-carat pear, a 21-carat emerald cut and a 20-carat cushion. Each of these represents a different flower.
The big five are complemented by the Queen of Kalahari’s remaining 18 stones. In total, it took over 3,200 hours to create the Gardens of Kalahari, with almost every pair of hands in Chopard’s atelier touching the final product at some point.