What is the Most Expensive Jewelry in the World? Here’s is what we know. Jewelry has been a symbol of wealth, and Kings and queen from century have a strong tie to it. But What do you think is the most expensive jewelry piece in the world and how much do you think it would worth?
We’ll be giving you an answer today that’ll clear the thought in your head as we take you through a compelling list of the most expensive jewelry in the world.
I’ll like to clear you on this, that none of these pieces on this list is what you’d casually wear as your regular jewelry.
Ever walked into a ballroom and you could see on the necks and wrists of every gorgeous lady, something that catches your eye! What is that? A piece of jewelry glittering from its distance, that’s what it is! They are easy to spot as their beauty can’t really go unnoticed. And as easy as they are to spot with their lots of sparkle, there’s usually an expensive price tag attached to them. Their very expensive price tag is a means to indicate social status, familial roots, and significance.
However, in contemporary times, people wear expensive pieces of jewelry for a various reason other than the ones mentioned. To some, it could be just an additive to their fashion sense(if you’ve seen the movie ‘Oceans Eight’ you’ll have a better understanding of what am talking about), while others could rock a couple of bracelets and a matching necklace to express their individuality.
But, however, a piece of jewelry is worn, what is most important is the value it adds to the wearer’s personality. So, without wasting much time, let’s take you through our list of the most expensive jewelry pieces in the world today. Check them out!
Most Expensive Jewelry Piece in the World
17. Briolette Diamond Necklace
Value: $11.1 million
Talk about a necklace with so many smaller pieces of diamonds in it. The Briolette Diamond Necklace has a flawless briolette diamond as its centerpiece, and another amazing marquise diamond of a purple-pink shade attached to it.
It weighs more than 75.36 carats. When it was sold at an auction, it was sold for $11.1 million, after much expectation that it would be sold for less. It became one of the most expensive jewelry pieces in the world.
16. Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
Value: $12.4 million
The Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet was designed by Cartier Paris in 1952 but owned by American socialite and Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson. The bracelet, which is shaped like a panther, studded with onyxes and diamonds, was auctioned at $12.4 million, which is rumored to be thrice its original value, even though the bracelet was not in its best condition when it was sold.
When auctioned, some stones were missing. The bracelet is believed to belong to Madonna, the director of the film about Simpson and her lover King Edward VII.
15. Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Value: $12.7 Million
Emerald and Diamond Tiara was commissioned in 1900 by German Prince Guido Count von Henckel, as a gift from him to his second wife, Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck. This incredible piece of jewelry is believed to be owned by the wife of Napoleon the III of France.
It is also believed that the 11 rare Columbian emerald pear-shaped drops of 500 carats may have belonged to a Maharajah. As part of Empress Eugénie’s personal collection, it was sold at a staggering price of $12.7 million at the Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale.
14. Heart of the Kingdom
Value: $14 million
The Heart of the Kingdom is made by one of the most respected jewelry companies in the world, Gerrad, and is one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry. It features a remarkable Burmese ruby of 40.63 carats, shaped like a heart and is currently valued at $14 million.
This is because, the ruby is extremely rare, and is mounted on a 155-carat diamond necklace, studded with 150 diamonds. The authenticity and rarity of the ruby are confirmed by a Swiss Laboratory.
13. Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring
Value: $15.7 million
The Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring is an original Bulgaria collection created in 1972, and it has two triangular diamonds– one, a vivid blue diamond weighing 10.95 carats, and the other, a colourless one weighing 9.87 carats. The piece of a diamond ring has got some incredible verification from the Gemological Institute of America, clarifying the colour, clarity, and flawlessness of the two diamonds to the best.
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It was sold to an Asian collector after a really intense bidding battle, making it ranked among the most expensive jewelry pieces ever.
12. Chopard’s 201-carat Watch
Value: $25 million
Chopard’s 201-carat Watch is not just a wrist watch, it a masterpiece of timekeeping and jewel-crafting. It’s made of 201 carats, from 874 diamonds, making this colorful cluster of a diamond to be worth roughly $25 million. What a price for such a beautiful and colorful piece of jewelry, and we’re just getting started.
11. Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace by Cartier
Value: $27.44 million
Next up on our list is the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace by Cartier. It is worth an eye-popping $27.44 million. The necklace, which dates back to the early 1990s, was created by Frank Woolworth as a wedding present for his daughter, the famous socialite Barbara Hutton, upon her marriage to Prince Alexis Mdivani.
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The 27 jadeite beads range in diameter from 15.4 to 19.2 mm, and the necklace is made even more beautiful today, and more valuable by the diamond and ruby clasp.
10. The Zoe Diamond
Value: $32.6 million
Without the need to mention, Diamonds are very expensive. This one, in particular, the Zoe Diamond is one of the most expensive deep blue diamonds in the world today and was once the star of Mrs Paul Mellon’s collection.
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The ring, which is shaped like a pear, is a 9.75-carat diamond ring and is currently priced at a whopping $32.6 million dollars. Imagine paying for such a piece of jewelry! The name ‘Zoe’ was derived from the Hong Kong seller who sold it to Sotheby’s.
9. The Art of de Grisogono
Value: $33.7 Million
The Art of de Grisogono is the largest of its kind to be auctioned for a whopping $33.7 million at a Christie’s event on Nov. 14, 2017. The 163-carat diamond was designed by Swiss jewelry maker de Grisogono, and the white, matchbox-size stone was suspended on the emerald and diamond necklace. The diamond was discovered in 2016, in the Lulo mine in Angola.
8. The Orange
Value: $35.5 million
The Orange, which was sold at auction for $35.5 million, is the world’s largest vivid orange diamond. The rare gem was auctioned by Christie’s in 2013. It is currently the world’s priciest-per-carat gem. Each carat is worth $2.4 million.
7. The Graff Pink
Value: $46.2 million
Such a simple name for such an expensive piece of jewelry. It was sold at Sotheby’s auction in 2010 at a mind-blowing $46.2 million, despite being estimated at no more than $38 million.
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The ring, which was once owned by Harry Winston features nearly 25-carat pink diamond. The pink color is very rare, and it’s believed to be one of the greatest pink stones ever discovered.
6. Blue Moon of Josephine
Value: $48.4 million
Imagine paying $48.4 million for a blue diamond! This piece is the rarest of all diamond pieces and the most expensive too. So expect a hefty price tag whenever you spot a blue diamond.
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However, as expensive as it may be, it didn’t stop a billionaire tycoon from buying his daughter an absolutely spectacular 12.03-carat blue diamond ring for about $48.4 million at an auction. He renamed the stone in her honour.
5. L’Incomparable Necklace
Value: $55 million
With a name like ‘L’Incomparable’ Necklace, there’s really no dispute why this astonishing piece of jewelry is on our list. Like its name, L’Incomparable, there’s no competition to it as the most expensive necklace in the world. It is valued at $55 million.
The Necklace was created by the Mouawad Jewelry Company, but the gemstone; that is the heart of the necklace, was discovered by a young Congolese girl among a pile of diamond by-product.
The L’incomparable Necklace features 407-carat stone and is the largest internally flawless diamond in the world. The 102 smaller stones set into the necklace only add to the glory of the pie.
4. Pink Star Diamond Ring
Worth: $72 million
This piece of gorgeousness is currently the most expensive ring ever sold at auction. Thus, making it one of the most expensive jewelry pieces in the world. The diamond, which is oval shaped is a breathtaking pink stone that weighs almost 60 carats.
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It was cut from a 132.5 carat stone from South Africa, and it’s believed to surpass anything in both royal and private collections. Interesting to know; the ring is currently valued at $72 million, as paid for by its last bidder. But was actually sold for a whopping $83 million at its initial auction. But the buyer had to default on the purchase.
3. Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
Value: $80 million
Such an expensive price for such an extraordinary piece of jewelry. The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond started as a 35.56-carat diamond of a gorgeous deep blue, one that was part of both the Bavarian and Austrian Royal Jewels.
When it was bought for a mind-blowing $23.4 million in 2008, the buyer, a British Jeweller, removed close to 4.5 carats. The act really got every jeweler infuriated, but surprisingly, it ended up increasing the value and clarity of the Diamond. It was later sold in 2011 to Qatari Royal Family for a staggering $80 million.
2. Peacock Brooch by Graff
Value: $100 million
The Peacock Brooch by Graff is crafted by a London-based diamond company with more than 1,300 gemstones. Let’s drop it’s featured because you are not going to believe that a brooch could sell for $100 million. So, to the features; the brooch weighs 120.81 carats, and has a deep blue 20-carat diamond at its heart.
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And as earlier mentioned, it’s made with more than 1,300 gemstones, making this piece of jewelry so expensive, it’s worth more a private jet, or two at most, or the GDP of some nations.
1. Hope Diamond
Even though the Hope Diamond has an unspecified worth currently, due to the fact that it has never been bought or sold in hundreds of years, this piece of jewelry is believed to be valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars range.
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The Hope Diamond was originally in the collection of Louis XIV but was eventually donated by Harry Winston to the Smithsonian Institute back in 1958. The diamond has been held on display by the Smithsonian ever since. It is truly a magnificent piece, weighing in at 45.52 carats, but its value goes beyond just its weight and appearance.
It is a highly valuable cultural item worthy of being mentioned as one of the most expensive jewelry in the world.