Louis Vuitton unveils the Sewelô diamond and announces its participation together with Lucara Diamond Corporation and HB Company of Antwerp, in a unique collaboration in the processing of a rare and exceptional diamond, from 1758 carats, the second largest rough diamond ever discovered. April 19, 2019 will remain a historic moment: the day when the monumental 1758-carat rough diamond, now called Sewelô, which means “rare discovery” in the Setswana language, was discovered in the Karowe mine in Botswana 100% owned by Lucara Diamond Corp. It is the second largest rough diamond ever discovered and the largest to have ever left Botswana.
An unconventional beauty
Sewelô is spectacular not only for its incredible size but also for its intriguing characteristics of shape, color, formation and composition. The raw crystal is largely covered by a very thin layer of black carbon, which holds the secrets of 2 billion years inside; the full extent of the color variations and clarity of the diamond’s rendition is still unknown. This is exactly the type of extreme rarity, unconventional and stimulating, that attracts Louis Vuitton’s sense of adventure and creativity: an extraordinary, idiosyncratic diamond specimen, a wonderful miracle of Mother Nature, hypnotically mysterious, with its contradictions of light and darkness, hidden depths of beauty and shine, waiting for the right competence and sensitivity to be revealed to the world.
Sewelô’s unique properties, its size and black surface coating, make it necessary to use new nanotechnologies instead of standard processes. In the spirit of creative collaboration with HB Company, the Maison will be involved in every production phase, ensuring that maximum light, life, character and charisma are freed from the magnificent rough stone. The surprising size will allow the creation of customized Louis Vuitton Cut diamonds, each skillfully modeled in the shape of the emblematic symbols of the Louis Vuitton Monogram.