What is the most costly piece of jewelry? The earliest faceted stones were discovered in Europe towards the end of the thirteenth century. The desire for gleaming and unique objects has only grown since then. Previously solely available to royalty, these exorbitantly priced diamonds are now available to every wealthy or billionaire. For those who enjoy jewelry, here is a list of the world’s ten most valuable jewels.
1- The Hope Diamond
One of the most well-known jewels on the globe is the Hope Diamond. The 45.52-carat blue diamond is believed to have originated in India, but no one knows who discovered or cut it.
In 1668, King Louis XIV bought a big blue diamond from Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, who had brought it from India. had it carved into the blue diamond of the Crown of France, commonly known as the Bleu de France, in the shape of a heart.
The Crown Jewels were given to revolutionaries when King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette were killed during the French Revolution, and later stolen in the 1790s. The Hope Diamond, a 45-carat gray blue diamond named after Henery Phillip Hope, first emerged in London in the early 1800s.
Experts began to assume in the 1850s that The Hope Diamond was a recut of the stolen Bleu de France, and it was finally sold by Henry Hope’s grandson in 1901. It passed through many gem dealers until reaching Harry Winston in 1949, who donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, in 1958, where it is now on display.
It is now covered by a 216 million euro insurance policy (or 250 million US dollars).
2- Cullinan heritage diamond
Wallace Chan, a modern jewelry artisan, produced A Blooming Heritage in 2015. The ring has 24 perfect D-color diamonds that were cut from a raw diamond weighing 507.55 carats named Cullinan Heritage. The necklace, which can be worn in a variety of ways, took over 47,000 hours of labor and 22 craftsmen over 11 months to make. It has diamond butterflies symbolizing everlasting love and is adorned with diamonds for good luck. Although the necklace is not for sale, it is estimated to be worth over 173 million euros ($200 million) based on the cost of jewelry and hardware.
3-Brooch in the shape of a peacock
Graff Diamonds designed a peacock-shaped brooch in 2013 with a 20.02-carat fancy deep blue diamond in the center, enclosing almost 120 carats of colored diamonds. The huge blue centre diamond on the brooch may be removed and worn in two ways. The brooch is worth €86.6 million ($$100 million).
4- The Wittelsbach Diamond
At some time in its history, the original Wittelsbach diamond was part of the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. Laurence Graff, a London jeweler, bought this 35.36 carat dark blue diamond in 2008. Graff dubbed the diamond the Wittelsbach-Graff after cutting it down to roughly 412 carats to increase its clarity and remove imperfections.
Everyone who was aware of the Wittelsbach Diamond or the Austrian/Bavarian narrative was taken aback.
In 2011, he was sold for 69 million euros ($80 million) to Qatar’s former Emir.
5- The pink star diamond
The Pink Star diamond was discovered by De Beers in Africa and is the world’s biggest vivid pink diamond. The 59.6-carat stone was sold at auction house Sotheby’s for a remarkable $83 million in late 2013, but the buyer was unable to complete the transaction, and the ring was returned to Sotheby’s, where it was assessed at merely 62.3 million euros ($72 million).
6- Oppenheimer blue
The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold for over 50 million euros ($58 million) in the spring of 2016. At 14.62 carats, it was the biggest bright blue diamond ever sold at auction. This equates to a carat price of more over $3.5 million. The Oppenheimer is set in platinum and surrounded with trapezium-shaped white diamonds.
7- The incomparable yellow diamond
The necklace’s focal point is a 637-carat yellow diamond discovered in a mound of debris in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1980s by a little girl. Mouaward, a jeweler and worldwide luxury merchant, utilized the stone as the focal point of her “L’Incomparable” diamond necklace in 2013. The necklace, which is estimated at $55 million or 47.7 million euros, has 90 additional colorless diamonds of varying cuts in addition to the large yellow diamond.
8- Graff Pink
Before being purchased by Laurence Graff in 2010, the Graff Pink belonged to legendary jeweler Harry Wintson. The pink diamond, weighing 24.78 carats, was set in a platinum rectangular ring. This diamond is worth 40 million euros (46.2 million dollars).
9- Cullinan’s Dream diamond
A 24.18 carat vivid blue diamond is set in platinum and bordered by smaller white diamonds in the Cullinan Dream. It was auctioned off for 21.9 million euros (25.3 million US dollars).
10- The Patiala necklace
The Patiala necklace was designed by Maison Cartier in 1928 for Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, the Maharaja of the state of Patiala. It included 2,930 diamonds, including the “De Beers” diamond, which is the world’s sixth biggest diamond, weighing more than 230 carats.
The necklace also included Burmese rubies and seven additional diamonds ranging in size from 18 to 73 carats. The necklace, however, vanished in the late 1940s.
The De Beers diamond was auctioned in Geneva in 1982 and sold for $3.16 million dollars. The necklace’s surviving components were discovered in a ruined state at a London second-hand jewelry store in 1998. All of the large gems and rubies had vanished. Cartier bought the necklace and spent years making duplicates of the lost cubic zirconia stones before restoring it to its former state. It is thought that the necklace would have been worth between $25 and $30 million dollars if it had not been damaged (or 21.6-26 million euros).