The 10 Most Valuable Pieces of Jewelry
While all jewelry is expensive, due to the rarity of the various stones and precious metals, some stones have set themselves apart because of their size, luster or purity as a cut above the rest. Here are the 10 most valuable pieces in the world:
10. Briolette Diamond Necklace
This necklace consists of a string of white diamonds, with a huge, flawless briolette diamond at the center. The center diamond weighs more than 75.36 carats. The other diamonds on the necklace are also briolettes, only smaller in size than the centerpiece. The diamonds are set in 18 carat white gold and feature an adjustable clasp. The necklace sold at auction for 11.1 million dollars.
9. Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
This piece is famous not only for the amount of jewels it contains but also for its shape. The panther’s sopts are made from onyx stones set amongst diamonds. Though the piece doesn’t boast any one large stone, it has become famous because id was owned by the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson. While it has lost a few stones over the years, the piece managed to go for 12.4 million at auction, Madonna being the rumored buyer.
8. Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Featuring a stunning array of emeralds, this tiara was commissioned by a German prince as a lavish gift for his second wife. Beyond the stunning gems, this tiara has an intriguing history: it is rumored to have belonged to Napoleon III’s wife and the 11 rare pear-shaped emeralds are rumored to have belonged to a Maharajah. With its history and beauty, it is no wonder that, when sold at auction, this piece fetched 12.7 million.
7. Heart of the Kingdom
Jeweler Garrard owns one of the most valuable jewels in the world, the Heart of the Kingdom, which is an enormous 40.63 carat Burmese ruby set in a diamond-studded necklace. This piece, truly one of a kind, is valued at 14 million, and comes with a certificate of authenticity from renowned Swiss jewelers.
6. Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring
This two-colored diamond ring comes from the original 1972 Bulgari collection. Composed of a 10.95 carat vivid blue diamond and a 9.87 carat colorless diamond, this ring has been verified the Gemological Institute of America as having top marks in color, clarity and flawlessness. After a bidding war, this ring was sold at auction for 15.7 million.
5. Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring
This 9 carat blue diamond has been set in 18 cart white gold and several white diamond highlights. This gem is one of a kind, both in color and size, making it one of the most sought-after rings in the world. It is such a unique piece that its value currently rests at 16.26 million.
4. The Heart of the Ocean
Remembered for its prominent role in the blockbuster Titanic, this necklace has become widely known and coveted in the public eye. This replica of the movie necklace contains a 15 carat blue diamond with a deep, vivid color. With both the story and the ice behind this piece, the 20 million dollar price tag doesn’t seem too much of a stretch.
3. The Perfect Pink
This ring is another of the most sought after pieces in the world. The diamond it showcases is a 14.23 carat perfect pink diamond, from which the piece gets its name. It is currently priced at 23.2 million because it has such a perfect pink hue, perfect color, cut and clarity.
2. The Graff Pink
The most famous pink diamond in the world, the Graff Pink is currently valued at 46.2 million. This diamond is one of the largest set into a ring and at 24.78 carats, it would look gigantic no matter whose hand it was on. This diamond has been hailed as one of the greatest diamonds ever found because of its rare color combined with the fact that it was given the finest rating.
1. L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
Aptly named, this necklace is truly without compare. In total, this necklace has 637 carats of diamonds and features the world’s largest flawless diamond, the Incomparable diamond, at its center. The Incomparable has a yellow hue and weighs 407.48 carats. This diamond when discovered, was 890 carats and after four years of polishing the diamond, it was set into this necklace worth a whopping 55 million.