If you've been waiting far too long for a lover to pop the question, perhaps it's best to look away now, for this is the most expensive diamond ever to go under the hammer. That's what auction house Sotheby's says, anyway.
It's called the 'Pink Star' and experts believe that at 59.6 carats, it could fetch as much as 40 million pounds. It was cut and polished from a 132.5 carat rough diamond mined by De Beers somewhere in Africa in 1999. It was then sold to an anonymous buyer in 2007. Not her. So let's hope whoever buys it this time around is luckier in love than she was.
go under the hammer = to be sold at an auction (= a public sale where objects are bought by the people who offer the most money)
polish = to make something smooth, bright, and shiny by rubbing it
anonymous = unknown by name
fetch = to be sold for a particular amount of money, especially at a public sale – used especially in news reports
carat = a unit for measuring the weight of jewels