Alrosa's plan to sell large diamonds at Sotheby's under threat
The diamond was cut from 128.44 carat stone and is classified as unique.The country’s metals and gems watchdog prohibited its export.
The company’s president Fyodor Andreev says the diamond wasn’t initially put into the category of unique stones and is asking GOKHRAN to change its mind, the Kommersant daily reports.
The gem was produced by one the Alrosa’s subsidiaries, ‘Brillianty Alrosa’, as part of an experimental program of producing large-size diamonds, explained Andreev in a letter to GOKHRAN.
All work had been sanctioned by the company’s supervisory board which includes representatives of GOKHRAN and the Russian Finance Ministry, Andreev added.
Selling those large diamonds at Sotheby's and Christie's
auctions was reportedly part of the program.
The State Precious Metals and Gems Repository has blocked seven similar deals since the late 1990s.
Alrosa is getting ready to signa
memorandum with Sotheby's, in which the auction house will not only
sell premium diamonds, but will conduct market study for the
company in the US market.