It has long been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the world’s most expensive jewellery pieces certainly attest to this. There is something truly spellbinding about jewellery, not just because it is beautiful to look about but also because of its inherent sentimentality and timelessness. Often jewellery is something that is passed between generations, from a great grandmother to her great granddaughter, from a mother to her son. There’s something incredibly precious in this – jewellery is a personal possession that carries a story and serves as a reminder of its previous wearers.
‘A diamond is forever’ was an extremely effective marketing campaign because there is a need within mankind to leave something of ourselves behind – as mortal beings we are always seeking ways to cheat death and outlast our lifespans. A diamond can be three billion years old and it is the hardest natural substance on Earth. It is a way for us to leave behind a legacy.
Here are ten of the most expensive jewellery items in the world:
Empress Eugenie Brooch for $10.5 million
This beautiful brooch was designed by Francois Kramer for Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, in 1855. It was brought in a private sale and returned to France by Henri Loyrett, the President of the Louvre.
Wallis Simpson Panther Bracelet for $12.4 million
Designed and made by Cartier Paris in 1952, this flashy onyx and diamond panther bracelet was commissioned by the infamous Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, a renowned American socialite and tastemaker. Rumour has it that Madonna bought it at auction for triple its estimated price.
Emerald and Diamond Tiara for $12.7 million
Formerly belonging to Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck, this gorgeous tiara boasts 11 rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops and was sold for $2 million more than its estimated price at auction.
Heart of the Kingdom Ruby for $14 million
At an astonishing 40.63-carats, this exquisite Burmese ruby is cut in a perfect heart-shape and mounted on a 155-carat diamond necklace that is currently owned by Garrard.
The Bulgari Blue Diamond Ring for $15.7 million
With one triangular-cut blue diamond weighing 10.95 carats and another triangular diamond weighing 9/87 carats, this extremely rare and valuable ring was made in 1972 by Bulgari.
Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring for $16.26 million
With a flawless, extremely valuable blue diamond complemented by two triangular shaped diamonds and 18-carat white gold, it’s no wonder that this ranks as one of the world’s most expensive jewellery items.
Heart of the Ocean Diamond for $20 million
Recognise this beautiful piece from the Titanic movie? Harry Winston set out to recreate the famous jewel and succeeded with this majestic 15-carat blue diamond triumph, which was worn by Gloria Stuart to the Oscars in 1998.
Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond for $24.3 million
Originally from a mine in the Indian Kingdom of Golkonda, this remarkable diamond was bought by King Philip IV of Spain for his daughter’s dowry. The Hapsburg family then acquired the stone, after which it went into the Wittelsbach family’s possession. Laurence Graff obtained the stone in 2008 and cut it in three to remove any imperfections, thus creating the 4-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond.
Diamond Bikini for $30 million
Worn by Molly Sims in the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated, this diamond bikini was designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds and boasts over 150-carat diamonds set in platinum.
The Graff Pink for $46.2 million
Supposedly the ‘greatest diamond ever discovered with a classification of diamond type,’ this rare, enigmatic jewel was bought from Harry Winston by a private collector and then sold to Laurence Graff at auction. With a 24.78 carat, pink, round-cornered diamond set between two shield-shaped diamonds, this was the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction.
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