We all know the more exquisite the jewelry the more expensive it will be, but do you know what the world’s most expensive jewelry actually looks like?
Here are the top ten most expensive jewelry pieces in the world.
Briolette Diamond Necklace- $11.1 million
The Briolette diamond necklace is comprised of 75.36 ct. D-internally flawless briolette Type IIa diamond, the biggest briolette diamond ever to appear at auction.
Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet- $12.4 million
The Cartier-designed onyx and diamond panther bracelet reached $12.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in central London, making it the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction. It was one of 20 pieces owned by the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor to be included in the sale. The Cartier bracelet was made in Paris in 1952. It is 195mm long and reached its record-breaking price despite missing several small stones. Sotheby’s describes it as having an “articulated body designed to encircle the wrist and to assume a stalking attitude, pave-set with brilliant and single-cut diamonds and calibre-cut onyx, the eyes each set with a marquise-shaped emerald”.
Emerald and Diamond Tiara- $12.7 million
This beauty made of emeralds and diamonds set in gold and designed by Prince Albert in the Gothic Revival style was made for Queen Victoria in 1845 by Joseph Kitching for £1,150. It features upright cabochon emeralds atop a base of scrolls, and seems to encircle the head, nearly or completely. The tiara was formerly in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck, sold for $12.7 million at the Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels Sale, held in Geneva.
Heart of the Kingdom- $14 million
Garrard’s Heart of the Kingdom Ruby necklace is one of the most expensive necklaces in the world. It features a 40.63-carat, heart-shaped Burmese ruby surrounded by 155 carats of diamonds. Burmese rubies are one of the most sought after varieties of ruby due to their blood-red hue. This gem is particularly valuable because of its extraordinary size—Burmese rubies rarely exceed a few carats!
Bulgari Two Stone Diamond Ring-$15.7 million
The Bulgari Two-stone diamond ring is set with a triangular-cut fancy vivid blue diamond, weighing approximately 10.95 carats, and a triangular-cut diamond, weighing approximately 9.87 carats, to the baguette-cut diamond half-hoop, mounted in gold, circa 1972, in an original BVLGARI black silk box. The Gemological Institute of America confirms that the blue diamond, weighs approximately 10.95 carats, is fancy vivid blue, natural color, and VS2 clarity. The second diamond weighs approximately 9.87 carats, is G color, and VS1 clarity; accompanied by a working diagram indicating that the clarity may be potentially internally flawless.
Chopard Blue Diamond Ring- $16.26 million
The Chopard Blue Diamond Ring is the ring that makes any other diamond ring look small in comparison. Set with an enormous nine carat, oval-shaped blue diamond, the ring also has diamond shoulders and an 18k white gold band paved with diamonds.
Blue diamonds are among the most expensive diamonds in the world. They are found among boron deposits, from where they derive their shade.
Heart of the Ocean- $20 million
The Heart of the Ocean is the name of a fictional blue diamond featured prominently in the 1997 film Titanic. In the story, the diamond was originally owned by Louis XVI and cut into a heart shape after the French Revolution. Caledon Hockley, the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon, purchased the diamond for his fiancée Rose DeWitt Bukater. After the film was released many reproductions of the diamond necklace began to appear. The famous jeweler Harry Winston made his own take on the Heart of the Ocean Diamond using a real blue 15 carat diamond. This piece is valued at $20 million and was also worn at the 1998 Academy Awards by Gloria Stuart, the actress playing the elder version of Rose.
The Perfect Pink- $23.2 million
This perfect pink diamond ring is comprised of a 14.23 carat intense pink diamond, which is as rare as it gets, due to the singular tinge, perfect color, cut and clarity. It is made even more valuable because of the fact that less than 10% of pink diamonds are of over 0.20 carats. It is flanked on each side by two colorless diamonds, weighing 1.73 and 1.67 carats each.
The Graff Pink- $46.2 million
The 24.78 carat Graff Pink held the impressive record for the stone that sold for the most amount of money ever for three years running after it earned $45.6 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva in November 2010. The hefty price tag was paid by Laurence Graff, who gave the stone its name. The previous owner, a private collector, owned it for over half a century; he originally purchased it from celebrity jewelry Harry Winston.
The Graff Pink is emerald cut with rounded corners and is today mounted on a platinum ring, flanked by shield-shaped diamonds on either side. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the Graff Pink is a fancy intense pink type IIa, a category which only 2% of the world’s diamonds can claim.
L’incomparable Diamond Necklace- $55 million
Last but certainly not least is the most expensive piece of jewelry on our list, the L’incomparable diamond necklace. Like its name suggests it holds the World Record as the most valuable necklace in the world. This diamond piece, weighs 637 carats, with the world’s largest internally flawless diamond as its centerpiece. The Incomparable diamond is yellow in shade and weighs 407.48 carats, discovered over 30 years ago by a young girl when it was a massive 890 carat by-product of a diamond mine.
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