555.55 carat black diamond is believed to come from outer space: NPR

An employee at Sotheby’s Dubai will present a 555.55 carat black diamond called “The Enigma” on Monday, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Dubai Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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An employee at Sotheby’s Dubai will present a 555.55 carat black diamond called “The Enigma” on Monday, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Dubai Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that is literally out of this world.

Sotheby’s calls the 555.55 carat black diamond – believed to have come from outer space – “The Enigma”. The rare gem was shown to reporters on Monday as part of a tour of Dubai and Los Angeles before being auctioned off in February in London.

Sotheby’s expects the diamond to be sold for at least 5 million British pounds ($ 6.8 million). The auction house also plans to accept cryptocurrency as a possible payment.

Sophie Stevens, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s Dubai, told The Associated Press that number five has an important bearing on the diamond, which also has 55 facets.

“The shape of the diamond is based on the Middle Eastern palm symbol of Khamsa, which stands for strength, and it stands for protection,” she said. Khamsa in Arabic means five.

“So there’s a fine theme for number five running through the diamond,” she added.

Stevens also said that the black diamond probably comes from outer space.

“With the carbonado diamonds, we believe they are formed through extraterrestrial origin, where meteorites collide with Earth and either form chemical vapor disposition or actually come from the meteorites themselves,” she said.

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

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