A Rosendorff Jewellers diamond has been auctioned for $61,500 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Perth.
Rosendorff donated the 2.3 carat diamond necklace to the charity for auction at the 2013 Ronald McDonald House Charities Mercedes-Benz Ball which was held in Perth on November 2.
The winning bidder was Brooks Hire managing director Doug Brooks who paid $61,500 for the bespoke piece, which is valued at $47,500, for his wife Roma.
Rosendorff managing director Craig Rosendorff said it took the company’s team of experts, headed by master cutter Jozsef Tabori, two-and-a-half months to transform a 5.52-carat Argyle rough diamond into the 2.3 carat stone.
Andras Koka, Rosendorff’s international diamond expert, said the stone “is a very special diamond which features 105 facets as opposed to the usual 57 facets of a round cut diamond”.
“We cut the stone to 2.3 carats to pay homage to the 23rd anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House Charities,” he said.
The Ball raised $750,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit organisation that helps seriously ill children and their families.
RMHC Ball committee chairman, Rod Sinclair said he was proud of the Ball’s success.
“We are proud of our contribution after the past 20 years and look forward to the next 20 years – and for us #PROUD sums up the reason why we are all here because we are proud of the families, staff, volunteers and supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities.”