Jewelry is something all females and some males covet and admire. It has been a desirable commodity since ancient times. From ordinary citizens to royalties from common man to celebrities, everyone wants to wear a unique piece that will reflect his/her standing in the world. Yes, jewelry is status symbols worn proudly by its owner to show that the exorbitantly expensive piece is with him or her.
It takes a sparkling piece and an enormous price tag to catch your attention. There are handfuls of jewelry that can be considered out of this world. Some of them have been sold at auctions, and some are sitting safely at private vaults. Some of the pieces are also with museums which display them time-to-time for public viewing.
Expensive jewelry is made from precious stones like jade, emeralds, rubies and diamonds and metals like gold and platinum. Rarity, natural beauty, and historical significance contribute a lot in determining the prices of jewelry. These impressive and gorgeous pieces are work-of-art and have the power to attract everybody’s attention immediately.
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#1. The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond is a clear blue diamond that is considered one of the most valuable stones in the world. The 45.42 carat stone was discovered in Golconda mines in India and with time has changed the hands of several owners. In the year 1949, it was purchased by Harry Winston who ultimately donated it to Smithsonian institution where it is displayed even today.
The Hope diamond is surrounded by sixteen white diamonds and has been attached to a diamond necklace making the entire piece at 250 million dollars one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
#2. A Heritage in Bloom
At a price tag of 200 million dollars, A Heritage in Bloom is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. This masterpiece is the creation of Wallace Chan, a Chinese artist who has a genuine passion and inclination to create something unique and different. It weighs half a pound in weight. Figures of the bat for luck and butterflies for love have been added to the necklace, which took nearly 47,000 hours for the craftsmen to make.
The necklace A Heritage in Bloom has an authentic and impressive design and is made of precious stones of 383.4 carats. Colorless diamonds of 104 carats were purchased for 35 million dollars. The craftsman used six hundred pink diamonds, one hundred and fourteen icy-green jadeites, seventy-two white-mutton jades and nineteen divine-colorless diamonds to make this beautiful piece.
#3. Peacock Brooch
At an estimated 100 million dollars, Peacock Brooch is one of the most expensive jewelry of all times. The design and the setting of the brooch are very intricate and display the extravagance and beauty of the piece. It is a product from Graff Diamonds and was unveiled in the year 2013 at TEFAF in the Netherlands.
At the center part of the brooch, you will find a fancy-deep blue diamond which is surrounded by diamonds of several colors like colorless white, pink, orange, and yellow. The Peacock Brooch weighs a total of 120.81 carats and includes one thousand, three hundred and five gemstones of ten cm in height and a pear-shaped central diamond of 20.02 carats. Considered as a rare piece, it is no doubt worthy of being one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
#4. The Pink Star Diamond Ring
At an estimated price of 72 million dollars, The Pink Star Diamond Ring is of the most expensive jewelry in the world. The ring is all about the famous Pink Diamond of 59.6 carats that were extracted from the mines of DeBeers in Africa. Originally the diamond weighed 132.5 carats but was later cut and polished to its present weight.
The Pink Star is internally flawless and was sold at Sotheby’s auction to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, a Hong Kong conglomerate. It is made into a ring and is one of the most expensive jewelry of all times.
#5. The “Incomparable” Diamond Necklace
The “Incomparable” Diamond Necklace is the creation of Mouawad and at an estimated price of 55 million dollars is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. The necklace was completed in the year 2012 after four years of hard work.
The necklace-like its name The “Incomparable” Diamond Necklace stands out because of the deep-yellow internally lawless diamond of 407 carats. It is suspended by 18-karat rose-gold frame in a leaf pattern. This is decorated by ninety white diamonds of 230 carats which include thirty-five round-shaped diamonds, nine heart-shaped, twenty-seven pear-shaped, five cushion diamonds, five emerald-cut diamonds, three Asscher-cut, four oval and two radiant diamonds.
The irregular and asymmetrical design looks incredible and exotic and has been declared as one of the most expensive jewelry present in the world.
#6. Blue Moon of Josephine
The Blue moon of Josephine is a ring, and at an estimated, 48.4 million dollars is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. The ring was purchased at an auction by Joseph Lau, in the year 2015 who renamed it Blue Moon of Josephine after his daughter Josephine.
The Blue Moon Diamond weighed 12.03 carats and was discovered in South Africa. This rare diamond of crystal blue color remains the most expensive jewelry of all times.
#7. Graff Pink
The Graff pink is originally a rare diamond of pink color that weighs 24.78 carats. It was made into a stunning g ring and at 46.2 million dollars is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
In the year 1950, Harry Winston purchased this diamond which he later resold to Laurence Graff in the year 2010. The Graff Pink is a type II rare diamond with the most excellent rating from Gemological Institute of America. It has a rectangular shape with delicately rounded corners.
It is set between two diamonds shield-shaped, and all the three are mounted on a ring made from platinum.
#8. Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace
At an estimated value of 27.4 million dollars, Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. It was commissioned by Frank Winfield Woolworth as a wedding gift for his daughter. It was later sold at an auction and is currently a part of the Cartier Collection.
It is made of twenty-seven beads of Jade, fifteen millimeters in diameter while the clasp is made of diamonds and rubies. The jade used in the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace is enormous, translucent, and transparent jade; hence, the astronomical pricing of the necklace.
#9. The Perfect Pink
At an estimated value of 23.2 million dollars, The Perfect Pink has entered the list of most expensive jewelry in the world. It is designed as a unique and colorful ring and was sold at an auction in Hong Kong.
The rectangular-shaped pink diamond is 14.23 carat with brilliant clarity and singular hue. It is flanked on both sides by two rectangular-shaped diamond of 1.73 carats and 1.67 carats. All three are mounted in white gold and rose structure of 18 karats.
#10. Heart of the Ocean
Heart of the Ocean is a beautiful necklace that was designed by Harry Winston. At 20 million dollars, it is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
The necklace has a pendant of 15-carat blue diamond surrounded by white diamonds. This pendant hangs from a string of white diamonds. Several cheaper editions have been made of this beautiful necklace. It was immortalized by Kate Winslet in the movie Titanic, and since then the necklace has gained new fame and popularity.
#11. Blue Belle of Asia
The Blue Belle of Asia is a legendary sapphire originally from Ceylon in Sri Lanka. Designed by O.L.M. Marker & Sons, it was first sold to Lord Nuffield in the year 1937. After changing hands several times, it was sold to an unidentified buyer in the year 2014 by Christie’s. At 17.7 million dollars, it is one of the most expensive jewelry n the world.
The necklace has a cushion-cut 392.52-carat untreated sapphire which is suspended from diamond tassel pendant and mounted on white gold and diamond necklace. This incredible rare sapphire is one of the most prestigious gemstones available on earth and hence has become one of the most expensive jewelry.
#12. Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring
Described as an exquisite ornament and the most expensive jewelry in the world is the Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring. The oval-shaped blue diamond is exclusive and rare and weighs 9 carats. It is set in 18 karats white gold and is surrounded by triangular-shaped bright diamonds on the side.
At a price tag of 16.26 million dollars, Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
#13. Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring
At an estimated price of 15.7 million dollars, Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring is one of the most expensive jewelry of all times. It is an original product from the Bulgari Collection and was made in the year 1972. The ring is made from two triangle shaped diamonds. One of them is colorless while the other is vivid blue weighing 9.87 carats and 10.95 carats respectively.
The Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring has been verified and certified by Gemological Institute of America. Both diamonds are flawless and have the best clarity.
#14. Heart of the Kingdom
The Heart of the Kingdom is a creation of Garrard, the most popular and respected jewelry companies in the world. At 14 million dollars, it has become one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
The stunning necklace Heart of the kingdom has a 40.63 carats Burmese ruby in a heart shape and deep blood pigeon red hue. Authenticity and rarity of the ruby have been verified by a Swiss laboratory. This rare ruby is mounted on a diamond necklace of 155 carats. It is studded with one hundred and fifty diamonds that are an amalgamation of round and pear shape. The best part about the necklace is that you can also wear it like a tiara.
#15. Magnificent Ruby and Diamond Necklace
At an estimated 12.99 million dollars, Magnificent Ruby and Diamond Necklace have entered the list of most expensive jewelry in the world. It was sold at Christie’s to an unidentified buyer in Hong Kong in the year 2015.
Magnificent Ruby and Diamond Necklace has been designed by Etcetera and is a brilliant-cut diamond lattice-work band. Two rows of cushion-shaped and oval-shaped rubies are chained together made with the help of thirteen pear-shaped of 5.14 to 1.00 carats internally flawless and transparent diamond mounted in 18 karats white gold in the center.
#16. Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Emerald and Diamond Tiara was commissioned in the year 1900 by German prince as a gift to his wife. It was sold at Sotheby’s auction at a whopping 12.7 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
The tiara is made from rare Columbian green emerald drops and diamonds with a total weight of 500 carats. These were pear-shaped and is believed to have belonged to a Maharaja.
#17. anther Bracelet
Panther Bracelet is so named because it is in the shape of a panther. It was made in the year 1952 by Cartier Paris, and the owner was Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson. It was sold in an auction to an unidentified buyer.
At an estimated value of 12.5 million dollars, it is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. The bracelet is made from white diamonds and precious black onyx with the eyes of a panther being studded with green emerald.
#18. Begum Blue
At 12.3 million dollars, Begum Blue is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. It was owned by Begum Salima Aga Khan and was gifted to her by her husband.
In the year 1995, after their divorce, it was given to a charity and was sold at an auction at Christie’s. The buyer was Laurence Graff. The Begum Blue Necklace has a blue heart-shaped diamond of 13.78 carats which is followed by D-coloured 16.04 carat heart-shaped diamond.
#19. Briolette Diamond Necklace
At an estimated price of 11.1 million dollars, Briolette Diamond Necklace is one of the most expensive jewelry in the world. The 75.36-carat weighing necklace was sold at an auction in Hong Kong by Christie’s. It took six months of labor to create this perfect Briolette in tear-drop shape by William Goldberg.
The necklace has a briolette diamond of impeccable quality as its centerpiece and another purple-pink marquise diamond attached to it. Several briolette diamonds of smaller size are set in a white gold adjustable chain of 18 karats.
#20. Leviev’s Vivid Yellow Diamond Pendant
Leviev’s Vivid Yellow Diamond Pendant is estimated at a price value of 10 million dollars and has gained entry into one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
Leviev’s Vivid Yellow Diamond Pendant is created by Lev Leviev. It was found in one of their mines and was later turned into one of the largest cut-diamond the world has ever seen. The vivid yellow diamond of 77.12 carats is suspended by a beautiful string of white diamonds.
Jewelry has profound significance in our lives as we are attached with some pieces because of the memories. Some are symbolic of some commitment like engagement rings and wedding rings, whereas some like bracelets or necklace can mean love and devotion as it had been gifted at birthdays or anniversaries.
Whatever the case jewelry is an integral part of human life imbued with special meanings. An expensive piece of jewelry with intricate design is considered mesmerizing and alluring.
These are sold at astronomical prices and eagerly sought by collectors so that they can increase their collection. Jewelry is the perfect way to show a person your love and commitment.