The third largest diamond ever found, "The Star of Sierra Leone", was put on public show in London on Friday (30 June) by the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone, Dr.
MV Sierra Leone High Commissioner holding diamond
CU High Commissioner speaking
SOF STARTS: "Over a million pounds....
SOF ENDS: "..... of the stone."
MV & CU Diamond (2 shots)
HIGH COMMISSIONER HOLDING DIAMOND: HIGH COMMISSIONER INTERVIEWED: CLOSE UP OF DIAMOND.
NICOL: "Over a million pounds."
REPORTER: "Why so much?"
NICOL: "Well, because I think that after it's been cut into different things -- pendants, broaches and so on -- it's bound to fetch almost double that."
REPORTER: "Isn't a pity such a magnificent stone has to broken up into smaller diamonds?"
NICOL: "Yes, but ah, as you will notice from the picture, you really have to cut a rough diamond in various geometric shapes before you can get the correct reflection, lustre and so on of the stone."
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Background: The third largest diamond ever found, "The Star of Sierra Leone", was put on public show in London on Friday (30 June) by the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone, Dr. Davidson Nicol.
The diamond, which measures two-and-half by one-and-half inches (5.35 x 3.81 centimetres), and weighs half-a-pound (.22 kilograms) will go on sale in July.
The stone is expected to fetch over one million pounds Sterling in its uncut state.
When the diamond want on show, Peter Stewart of the British Broadcasting Corporation discussed the stone's value with the High Commissioner.