Steinmetz unveils world’s biggest pair

Steinmetz Diamonds has unveiled the world's largest pair of identical cut diamonds at New York City's Guggenheim Museum.

Steinmetz Diamonds has unveiled the world’s largest pair of identical cut diamonds at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.

The company unveiled the diamonds, weighing 35.61 and 35.77 carats respectively, at Bloomberg Link’s Hedge Funds 2010 event.

Named Yin Yang, the diamonds were cut from two rough diamonds (each initially weighing over 100 carats) discovered in Southern Africa.

Steinmetz Diamonds chairman Nir Livnat said it took a team of Steinmetz craftsmen more than a year to finish the perfectly matched pair of round brilliant cut stones.

“We had some major challenges to overcome along the way both in design and manufacturing, but I’m happy to say that we have reached our goal creating the world’s largest pair of round brilliant diamonds,” he said.

“The gems are flawless (both internally and externally), of the highest colour (D), and are also Type Iia (a classification reserved for less than 2 percent of the world’s diamonds).

“The peerless stones are a perfect example of two complementary entities that interact to form a greater whole – the natural metaphor for Yin Yang.”

According to Steinmetz, the diamonds, which are available for sale through Sotheby’s, are likely to be valued in excess of US$25 million.