25 Most Expensive Pieces Of Jewelry In The World

Posted by on May 16, 2013

While some people could care less how many karets they have on their finger, there are those that would literally kill to have the biggest “rock”. If you’ve ever seen Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio then you probably have an idea of how many lives can be tossed aside just to find one little piece of compressed charcoal. That being said, the diamond trade is still very alive and as long as people have a penchant for the ridiculously expensive it always will be. These are the 25 most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world.

Sapphire Ring of Princess Diana

Princess Diana sapphire ring
Princess Diana is an iconic figure. No wonder the royal jewelry that she wore which is now in the hands of Kate Middleton will be valued at a price of $38,488. This ring was given by Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer on their engagement. Aside from the actual price. This ring is historically significant.

Queen Marie of Romania’s Shell Shaped Brooch

Tiara and Pecten Shell Shaped Brooch
Once owned by Queen Marie of Romania this symbolic piece of brooch made out of Pecten shell was used as a crowned monogram for Princess Marie. It was crafted by C. Faberge and belongs to history of Russian Royalty.


Queen Marie Jose’s Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Emerald and Diamond Necklace
This interesting piece of jewelry was once owned by the last royalty of Italy, Queen Marie Jose. She was known for having an extensive collection of jewels including this diamond necklace. This necklace contains 50 emeralds and a lot of diamonds. It was created by Van Cleef and Arpels.

The Elephant Diamond

Art Deco Necklace With Diamonds
Containing emeralds, rock crystal and diamonds this piece was auctioned at Christie’s in London and was once used as an adornment for the Maharaja’s favorite elephant.

Unmounted Heart Shaped Diamond

This piece of jewelry is a  heart shaped diamond weighing 56.15 carats. It was originally cut from the Cullinan Diamonds, which the Cullinan 1 is now a part of Britain’s Crown Jewel collection and was sold for a staggering  11 million dollars.  The diamond was part of the Magnificent Jewels collection which became available for purchase on May 2011. Christie’s (the seller)  marketed the diamond as “Love At First Sight,” and released it for public view on Valentine’s Day.

Empress Eugenie’s Bow Brooch

Antique Diamond Bow Brooch
This brooch was from Francois Kramer, circa 1855. It was originally designed as an old mine and old European-cut diamond openwork sculpted bow. Napoleon III had it made for his wife, Empress Eugenie. Henri Loyrette, the President of Louvre, arranged a private sale with Christie’s New York in order to bring this piece of historical jewelry back to its homeland of France on April 22, 2008.

Harry Winston’s Diamond Drop Earrings

Harry Winston Diamond Drop Earrings
These drop earrings aren’t just in demand because of the hefty price tag. They are highly valued because they were made for the use of A list Hollywood superstars. With 60 carats and 4 diamonds they also come with a crested platinum set which can only be seen if inspected closely.

Anonymous Diamond Necklace

diamond necklace
With a 8.19-carat heart shaped diamond centerpiece the owner of this highly valued necklace remains anonymous.

Queen Mary’s Diamond Riviere and La Peregrina Pearl

Queen Mary's Diamond Riviere and La Peregrina Pearl
It has an estimated price of $1,828,224. This was owned by England’s first female ruler Queen Mary. It is considered to be one of the world’s most exclusive jewels that include a Diamond Riviere. It was crafted from 34 old cut authentic diamonds set in gold and silver and given as a gift by the queen to her granddaughter Princess Margaret.

The Laurence Graff Ring

red diamond ring
English jeweler Laurence Graff bought this ring for $2.6 million during a Christie’s Auction. It became one of a kind due to the maroon central color of the diamond and even rarer due to the diamond’s octagonal shape.

The Bulgari Ring

rare blue diamond ring
Elegant and noteworthy this rare blue diamond ring is a Bulgari custom-designed ring from a European collector during the 1960s. The owner gave the ring to his wife at an estimated value of $2.9 million. It is considered to be one of the most expensive jewels in the world.

Sotheby’s Green Diamond

green diamond ring
It can be hard to believe how much this green diamond ring costs. It has a selling price of $3.08 million. It was first seen at Sotheby’s auction of magnificent jewels. It is the single largest diamond ring that has been sold in an auction and the green diamonds weighs around 2.52 carats.

Marie Antoinette’s Necklace

Marie Antoinette Necklace
Belonging to Marie Antoinette, the child of Empress Marie Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I, the estimated price is at $3.7 million.

Sotheby’s Golconda Diamond Ring

Pear-Shaped Golconda Diamond Ring
This jewel is one of the priciest to ever be sold at an auction. It has a pear-shaped Goldconda diamond ring and was presented at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn sale of 2011. With a selling price of $6.5 million, it is without a doubt one of the most expensive rings in the world.

Golconda Diamond Earrings

Golconda Diamond Earrings
Coming from the Golconda mines of India, they have also been called the Imperial Cushions because of the cushion-shaped diamonds. Each earring is around 23.11 carats and they were first seen in May of 2011 at a Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Spring Sale in Hong Kong. They were bought by an anonymous bidder for $9.3 million.
Amanda Balkhi


Amanda is a graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Research interests include barriers to adherence and treatment augmentation strategies for pediatric populations.

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  • nagerst

    Diamonds are one of earth’s most common crystalline structures and is only expensive because one single company has the world monopoly on them. On Neptune it rains diamonds.A clear Sapphire is tremendously more rare than any kind of natural diamond. But valued at a lot less.

    • Bryn

      You are mentally inept, perfectly clear diamonds are incredibly more rare than than perfectly clear sapphires: hence sapphires have a substantially cheaper cost. As well as your statement about the rarity of clear sapphires, your statement that diamonds are one of the most common crystalline structures on earth is painfully ignorant. Firstly, diamonds are a crystal not a crystalline structure and secondly diamonds are incredibly rare in comparison to common crystals like quartz, peridotite, pyrite etc. Additionally, the fact that it rains diamonds on Neptune is entirely irrelevant. The fact that diamonds are common on a planet 2 680 000 000 miles away doesn’t in any way mean they are commonplace on earth. I’ll give you a tip, don’t talk about a topic that you have absolutely no knowledge in.

  • http://www.myindianjewelry.com/ manish

    Very beautiful and nice jewelry peace.

  • susan van der frost

    I strongly believe top25 needs an update. It was 2013 when the Italian designer AAM (andreameli.it) made one of a kind diamonds minaudière to Kate Middleton. Rumors to value the item for average 1M usd. The item is a mix of high-tech and jewelry. An image of the handbag available on designer’s bottom webpage.

  • Anna Maria

    My favorite is definitely the Bulgari ring!

    • http://www.myindianjewelry.com/ manish

      U r right..I am agree..

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    This jewelry is vere uniqe and fantastic.

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  • Michael in Utah

    I’m glad someone else noticed the double entry, I thought I was seeing things.

  • Caig in Portland

    You ARE aware that #s 9 and 21 are the same ring, right?

    • http://jcgator1.wordpress.com Juan Castillo

      Thank you for seeing that! There was definitely supposed to be a different item on #21, lol. But it’s fixed now :) thanks again!