Top 10 Most Expensive Pieces of Jewelry in the World
By Bluei Fausto
It is no secret that the price of jewelry can be astronomical. However, being reminded of how expensive each piece could leave you astounded in awe and disbelief. Some of the finest jewelry in the world can leave you in shock when you see the price tag.
In earlier times, jewelry was treated as prized possessions that symbolize divinity and royalty. To date, these items still carry the same symbol and significance. From their sparkling splendor, to their rich, absorbing colors, it is no denying that they continuously embody a type of beauty, elegance, and lifestyle only the aristocratic could manage to afford.
We have gathered 10 of the most expensive pieces of jewelry that were ever recorded in history. In this article, you can see just how expensive these one-of-a-kind pieces can be. Continue reading to see the most coveted accessories ever made and to learn just how much they cost.
10. Graff Pink
Price: $46 million
Weighing 24.78 carats, this rare diamond of pink color stands as the 10th most expensive jewel in the world. Described to be the “one of the best diamonds ever discovered,” the Graff Pink was made into a stunning ring with two colorless diamonds weighing 1.73 and 1.67 carats on both sides.
The rare diamond was once owned by American jeweler Harry Winston. Decades later, it was sold by auctioneers in Sotheby’s Geneva to British diamond dealer Laurence Graff for $46 million, making it the most expensive jewel ever sold in an auction at that time.
9. Blue Moon of Josephine
Price: $48.4 million
Discovered in South Africa in 2014, this vivid-blue diamond, weighing 12.03 carats, is recognized to be one of the most expensive in the world. In 2015, Hong Kong billionaire and property tycoon Joseph Lau bought the ring at a Sotheby’s auction for a staggering $48.4 million for his 7-year-old daughter. From there, he immediately renamed the Blue Diamond as the ‘Blue Moon of Josephine.’
8. Lesedi La Rona Diamond
Price: $53 million
Formerly known as Karowe AK6 or as Quad 1, the Lesedi La Rona Diamond stands as the largest rough diamond to be found in more than a century. It is also the second-largest gem of quality, with a whopping 1,109 carats. The gem was uncovered by Canada’s Lucara Diamond Corp. in 2015 at the Karowe mine in Botswana. It was named Lesedi La Rona, which translates to “Our Light” in Botswana’s Tswana language.
In 2017, London-based jewelry company Graff Diamonds bought the uncut diamond for $53 million. 18 months later, the company unveiled the first 60-plus finished stones from the 1,109-carat rough.
7. L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
Price: $55 million
Created by luxury jeweler Mouawad and priced at $55 million, the L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace currently stands as one of the most valuable necklaces in the world.
The prized item holds a 407.48-carat deep-yellow internally lawless diamond, which was discovered by a young girl in the 1980s in a pile of mining rubble. The central diamond was attached to a rose gold chain that follows a leaf-like pattern and is embedded with 99 white diamonds of 230 carats.
6. Oppenheimer Blue
Price: $57.5 million
Weighing 14.62 carats, this rectangular-shaped, vivid blue diamond was named after its previous owner Sir Philip Oppenheimer, former chairman of De Beers Mining Company’s diamond-marketing cartel.
Also known to by the name ‘the gem of gems’, the blue diamond was set in a ring adorned by two smaller trapeze-shaped diamonds. In 2016, the gem was bought at Christie’s auction in Switzerland for $57.5 million.
5. Pink Star
Price: $71.2 million
Considered to be one of the most expensive gems in the world, this 59.6-carat oval mixed-cut diamond was originally extracted from a rough diamond weighing 132.5 carats found in the mines of DeBeers in Africa. It was considered to be the largest “internally flawless, fancy vivid pink” diamond to ever be graded by the GIA.
In April 2017, the diamond was bought at a Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, a Hong Kong conglomerate, at $71.2 million.
4. Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
Price: $80 million
Unearthed in an Indian mine in the 1600s, this 31.06-carat blue diamond is known for its flawless clarity and unique blue hue that makes it one of the rarest of gems ever discovered. The item was rumored to be previously owned by King Philip IV of Spain and has remained to be embedded in the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels for years.
It was first bought by the founder of Graff Diamonds, Laurence Graff, for $22 million in 2008. Soon, after recutting and polishing the gem, it was sold in 2011 at a staggering $80 million to a member of the Qatari royal family.
3. Peacock Brooch by Graff Diamonds
Price: $100 million
Coming in 3rd on our list is none other than the famed Peacock Brooch made by Graff Diamonds. First introduced in 2013, the jewel exhibits a total of 1,305 gemstones, totaling 120.81-carats.
Created in the form of a peacock, the item displays a pear-shaped deep blue 20.02-carat diamond that is surrounded by an array of smaller white, pink, yellow, orange and green diamonds. The jewel is valued at an overwhelming $100 million.
2. A Heritage in Bloom
Price: $200 million
Designed by Chinese jeweler Wallace Chan, this multi-gem necklace holds the title of the second most expensive jewelry in the world.
Weighing 383.4 carats, A Heritage in Bloom exhibits 600 pink diamonds, 114 icy-green jadeites, 72 white-mutton jades, and 19 divine-colorless diamonds. The item features a careful and sophisticated design that features symbolic figures such as bats and butterflies.
It was commissioned by Hong Kong-based jewelry retail giant Chow Tai Fook at $200 million and took over 47,000 hours to be completed.
1. The Hope Diamond
Price: $250 million
Recognized to be one of the most famous jewels in history, The Hope Diamond stands as the no. 1 most expensive gem in the world.
Also known by the name “The King’s Jewel,” this 45.42-carat clear blue diamond was discovered in the Golconda mines in India. Today, the Hope diamond is attached to a necklace adorned 45 white diamonds.
In 1949, American jeweller Harry Winston donated it to Smithsonian institution, where it is displayed even today. The item is valued at a total price of $250 million.
Surprised to know how much the top 10 most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world cost? For years, these items have stood to be the ultimate insignia of social class and power. With this, it is no surprise that these bright stones remain to carry such magnitudes of influence.
Which among these items do you dream of having?
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