10 costliest jewellery pieces ever
Perhaps, diamonds are only a rich girl’s best friend!
Perhaps not? Let’s find out here!
10. The Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet – $12.4 Million
The bracelet in question is shaped in the form of a panther and is studded with onyxes and diamonds. The Panther bracelet is one amongst the many gifts that a man called Wallis Simpson received from King Edward the Eighth. The panther bracelet was put up for auction at $12.4 million even though some stones from the piece were found missing. The most striking part of the bracelet is the two eyes of the panther, made of specially cut emeralds. Madonna is the supposed owner of the bracelet who apparently loved King Edward and so directed the well-known film about him.
9. The Heart of The Ocean – $17 Million
Better known as the origin of the replica neck piece worn by Gloria Stuart (Rose) in the movie Titanic, this real blue diamond is composed of 15 carats. Stuart even wore the piece to the who 1998 Academy Awards. The piece was crafted by Harry Winston and it is priced at $20 Million. It is actually not just the original; even an imitation of The Heart of the Ocean sells out at auctions for as high $3.5, due to its history of love.
8. The The Winston Blue – $23 Million
Up until 2014, the diamond collectors and lovers could only fancy blue diamonds that weighed between 10-12 carats; and then, The Winston Blue was discovered. What sets this blue piece of beauty apart is that it weighs more than 13 carats but was initially sold and marketed only as a mere engagement ring. The piece is most likely to have been originated from South Africa.
7. The Diamond Bikini – $30 Million
With 150 carats of D Flawless diamonds supplied by Steinmetz Diamonds, this two-piece bikini has been talked of as the most expensive bikini and the most expensive item of diamond apparel ever made. Designed by Susan Rosen, this bikini has a 51-carat pear shape diamond, a 30-carat emerald cut diamond, a pair of 15-carat rounds and a pair of 8-carat pear shape diamonds. This piece was introduced to the world in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue which is one the world’s most renowned annual sports magazine. The jewellery was modelled by Molly Sims in 2006 who was also a little skeptical to do so as the bikini hardly covered the parts that a bikini is supposed to.
6. The Graff Pink – $46 Million
This particular piece of jewellery, a pink diamond, was priced at $1.85 million per carat. The initial owner of the piece is a private collector called Laurence Graff who purchased the $46.2 million worth of The Graff Pink, from an American jeweller Harry Winston, in 2010. What makes this diamond a lot different and expensive from the usual is that it is of 24.78 carats, a rare type II colour diamond with the finest rating; making it one of the greatest diamonds found. The rectangular cut comes with a perfect corner, set between two shield-shaped diamonds; on a stunning platinum ring.
5. The L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace – $55 Million
The most valuable necklace in the world, this particular diamond jewellery item weighs 637 carats, with the world’s largest internally flawless diamond in the centre. This marvel discovered by a girl about thirty years back weighs 407.48 carats. When discovered it was actually just an 890 carat by-product of a diamond mining but was turned into a necklace of $55 million with a total of 91 diamonds by Mouawad Jewelry over a hard work of four years. The diamond studded include 229.52-carat white diamonds, set in 18 carats rose gold.
4. Pink Star Diamond – $72 Million
The Pink Star diamond hit the markets in 2013 until which The Graff Pink was recorded as the most expensive diamond ring sold at an auction. This oval shaped pink diamond weighs an enormous 59.6 and was cut from a 132.5-carat rough diamond mined by DeBeers in Africa. The cost is actually a bit controversial because the piece comes with a history. It was sold for the auction to Isaac Wolf at $83 Million but was also returned to Sotheby’s by him (where it was put up for auction) and was revealed to the current price of $72 Million. Those who witnessed the auction claim that nothing as fancy was ever seen before in any private and/or royal collections around the world.
3. The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond -$80 Million
The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond weighs 31.06-carat and is a deep-blue diamond offering an internally flawless clarity. It was purchased by Laurence Graff in 2008 for $23 Million but he later happened to cut it by three different cutters to improvise on some apparent ‘flaws.’ As a consequence of the improvisation, it then weighed about four carats lighter and as the critics claim, the alteration made it unrecognisable, compromising the integrity. Eventually though, Graff, the Londoner, further sold it to a family in Qatar for $80 Million. All wins for this man!
2. The Peacock Brooch- $100 Million
Despite the fact that Laurence Graff has been acclaimed as the jeweller who compromised the integrity of The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond; he also arguably is known as the ‘king of diamonds’. The status actually is deserved for he is the jeweller who dared to create a diamond brooch in the form of a peacock, worth of US$100 million; the most valuable brooch made in recent history. A powerful statement that reinforces Graff’s claim to dominance – and extravagance – in the world of diamonds. The brooch adorns a number of 1,305 diamonds, including highly valuable coloured diamonds totalling up to 120.81 carats. The part of the piece that actually rolls the eyes though is the pear-shaped Fancy Deep Blue diamond weighing 20.2 carats. This blue diamond centre piece can actually also be detached and worn separately for when you don’t want to look too over the top!
1. The Hope Diamond – $200-250 Million
The costliest on the list, the Hope Diamond is a 45.42-carat, dark greyish-blue in colour, antique cushion cut diamond somewhere between $200-250 million. The first owner of the diamond which was found in Golconda, India was King Louis XIV in 1668 who dearly called it the “French Blue”. Up until 1972, it was owned by the French Royal family but was taken away during the French Revolution by a bunch of roots. In 1839, however, it was rediscovered in the gem catalogue of a man called Henry Philip Hope. Pierre Cartier and Evalyn Walsh McLean individually owned this piece for their own share of days but it eventually landed up with a jeweller named Harry Winston in 1949. Winston, though, donated it to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains on display today.