Hong Kong (CNN) -- A white diamond the size of a small egg has sold for $30.6 million at an auction in Hong Kong, smashing the world record for a jewel of its kind.
The flawless, 118-carat oval diamond was sold to an unidentified Asian collector, whose winning bid came at the lower end of the $28 million to $35 million estimate set by auction giant Sotheby's. It was the largest diamond ever sold at auction.
David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby's Jewelry Division for Europe and the Middle East, told CNN that diamonds could be bought as an investment or simply for the love of a beautiful and rare object.
"Asia has rapidly in the past 20 years become our most important sector of the buying public. They account for more than a third (of buyers)."
Wow, that diamond must be able to do a whole lot of magical things for that price. Maybe it's like Jesus and can turn water into wine and rocks into bread or some such wonder. I mean, it must be able to do some kind of something - why else would it be valued so highly? Why else would this diamond be more important than, say, half the human population on the planet living in not-so-nice poverty/minimum wage? Why else would this even make it to the front page of one of the biggest news agencies in the world? Seriously, it's magical.
If there was some kind of food shortage or zombie apocalypse one day, this diamond could save us all. We could turn to the diamond and call upon it's magical powers to feed our hungry children and stop those pesky zombies from eating our brains and turning our friends and family into the walking dead right before our eyes. The diamond could help us. In fact, the diamond is so amazing and powerful that there never will be a food shortage or zombie apocalypse - the diamond will protect us from all bad things. What we don't realize is that even now, the diamond is protecting, feeding, clothing and homing all of us. We only think we're living in a world where poverty is around every corner, but it's not real. That is just some evil entity, like Satan, or Obama, trying to control our brain thoughts. We are actually just having a bad dream, because in reality, the diamond makes sure that we are all happy, well fed, well educated and taken care of. Bless you, diamond.
We should name the diamond. "Great White Diamond of Amazingness and Omnipotence" - that has a nice ring to it, don't you think? What about "Great White Protector of Life"? Ooooohhh, nice. How about "Sparkly Stone of Goodness"? Wow, so many great choices to choose from. The diamond deserves the very best for all it has done, and continues to do, for us. We are so grateful, we just want to show our thanks in any way we can.
This shows exactly where our values lie. We'll turn a rock into an item of worth, make it worth more than the lives of 30 million people. Have you ever known what it feels like to be absolutely worthless, to have no value at all? Do you know what it feels like to know that if you were to disappear off the face of the Earth, no one would even bat an eyelid? There of millions - billions - of people who know what this feels like. Millions of people who work themselves into an early grave just to be worthy of a daily scrap of bread. In the face of all of this, diamonds are apparently what really matter.