25 Most Expensive Pieces of Jewelry

You won’t believe how much the most expensive pieces of Jewelry cost. The first faceted gemstones we know of were made in Europe in the late 13th century. Since then, humanity’s love affair with wearing all things sparkly and rare from the earth has only increased. Once accessible only to Royalty, outrageously expensive jewelry is now available to any common millionaire or billionaire. For all those who love sparkly things and big price tags, here’s 25 of the most expensive pieces of jewelry.

25

The Hope Diamond

Hope_Diamond_CloseupSource: https://en.wikipedia.org & http://mineralsciences.si.edu/

The Hope Diamond is probably one of the most well known gemstones on the planet. It’s known that the 45.52 carat blue diamond originated in India, but not who discovered it or first cut it. We do know that King Louis XIV of France purchased a large blue diamond in the 1660s and had it re-cut into a heart shape in what is now known as The French Blue. When King Louis and Marie Antoinette were, y’know, beheaded because of the French Revolution, the French Crown Jewels all went to revolutionaries, then they were stolen in the 1790s. Oops. In the early 1800s a blue grey diamond of 45 Carats popped up in London, and this is the first official record of what we know as The Hope Diamond, getting it’s name from Henery Phillip Hope, who obtained the diamond for his collection. In the 1850s experts started speculating that The Hope Diamond was a recut of the stolen French Blue, and eventually it was sold in 1901 by Henry Hope’s grandson. It made it’s way through gemstone dealers – including Cartier -and picked up a legend about a curse, until it landed in the talented hands of one Harry Winston in 1949. He placed it in it’s current setting and the necklace was donated by Gift of Harry Winston, Inc to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC in 1958, where it is still on display (which means you can go see it in person for free). It is currently insured for $250 Million Dollars US.

24

The Panther Body

Cartier-onyx-and-diamond-panther-braceletSource: http://theenchantedmanor.com/

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, was the American socialite who Edward VIII abdicated the British throne for in the 1930s (he would then become her third husband). The Duke of Windsor showered his beloved with many jewels over their lifetime together, and this particular piece was a collaboration between the Duchess and Cartier in 1952. The panther body is fully articulated to wrap gently around the wrist instead of being rigid, and is made of diamonds and onyx set in platinum, with emeralds for eyes. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s for £4,521,250 in 2010.

23

The Heart Of The Kingdom ruby

Garrard’s-Heart-of-the-Kingdom-Ruby-–-14-millionSource: http://www.therichest.com/

The Heart Of The Kingdom ruby and diamond necklace is valued at $14 million dollars. The oldest known jewelry house in the world – The House of Gerrard – created this necklace with a heart shaped ruby of over 40 carats, surrounded by 155 carats of diamonds. Supposedly the piece can also turn into a tiara. Of course it can.

22

The Aurora Green Diamond

auroraSource: http://www.cnn.com/

The Aurora Green Diamond is the largest green diamond to ever be sold at auction, and it’s selling price in May of 2016 was $16.8 Million dollars. It’s 5.03 carats set in gold with a halo of pink diamonds.

21

The Patiala Necklace

thepatilianecklaceSource: https://en.wikipedia.org

Created by House of Cartier in 1928, the Patiala Necklace was made from the ruling Maharaja of the state of Patiala. It contained nearly THREE THOUSAND diamonds (which are also a Maharaja’s best friend, apparently) including the “De Beers” diamond, the seventh largest diamond in the world with a cut weight of over 230 carats. The necklace also contained a number of other diamonds between 18 and 73 carats as well as Burmese rubies. Sadly, the necklace disappeared in the late 1940s, and was mostly found over the next 50 years. In 1982 the De Beers diamond showed up at an auction in Geneva and sold for $3.16 million. In 1998, the remaining pieces of the necklace were found in a ravaged state in a secondhand Jewelry shop in London. Most of the large diamonds all the rubies were gone. Cartier bought the necklace and over several years created replicas of the missing stones out of cubic zirconia, and restored it to resemble it’s original state. It is estimated that had the necklace not be broken down, in it’s original state it would have been valued between $25 and $30 Million USD.



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