By Diamaris Martino

CHICAGO (CBS) — Some diamonds aren’t meant to be just for rings.

The world’s largest flawless white diamond ever auctioned is on the block today in Switzerland.

The 163-carat stone is the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond studded necklace.

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Set into an asymmetric necklace designed by de GRISOGONO and offered on 14 November at Christie’s in Geneva, this 163.41 carat, flawless D-colour emerald-cut diamond is the largest ever to come to auction.
(Credit: Christie’s)

The centerpiece is the size of a matchbox, and is set to be auctioned off at Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” sale in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally it was part of a 404-carat rough stone, that was the largest diamond ever discovered in southwest Africa.

The necklace is expected to be sold for up to $35 million.