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The luxurious gemstone carving by Manfred Wild, has an estimate of $300,000-400,000.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- This festive season at Bonhams is sure to attract those looking for that unique holiday gift.
The top highlight of the upcoming Gems, Minerals & Lapidary Works of Art and Natural History Auction on November 23 is “The World’s Largest Polished Garnet” and Diamond Egg Creation.
The luxurious gemstone carving by Manfred Wild, has an estimate of $300,000-400,000. Possibly considered the finest and most striking of Wild’s egg creations, the exotic-looking object is carved from an immense rough garnet discovered in Orissa, India, weighing approximately 5,696 carats, and possesses the deep hue of a fine claret wine.
It opens up to reveal a diamond-set cross of 18K gold and platinum, mounted on both sides with a total of 456 diamonds. Beneath the egg is an 18K gold "crown of thorns," which acts as a collar.
When turned, it serves to open and close the egg.
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