Heart-shaped diamond to fetch £5m

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The 56-carat, heart-shaped diamond is expected to fetch up to 7.5 million pounds

A box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers may cut it for some, but for more demanding partners there is gift that is guaranteed to impress – a 56-carat, heart-shaped diamond.

The gem has a hefty price tag, with the likely buyer expected to pay in excess of £5 million.

But there is still a bit of time to save up, with Christie’s selling the item in Geneva in May.

The diamond is cut to a perfectly symmetrical heart. It is one of only a handful of 50 carat-plus jewels to be offered in an auction over the last 20 years.

Part of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels collection, the item has an estimated price tag of between £5.6 million and £7.5 million.

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