This is the list of the top 10 most expensive jewelry items in the world is populated by pieces ranging from pink diamond rings to peacock brooches that have adorned kings, queens, emirs, and even modern socialites.
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Jewelry has played a central role in culture for thousands of years since the remote civilizations until the modern population of nowadays. With the times, this bold and luxurious pieces and stones have passed from person to person, gained more value and they’re gifted or sold for vast sums of money.
CHOPARD 201- CARAT WATCH, $25 million
This precious Chopard watch contains 874 diamonds in all. The three largest diamonds, all heart-shaped and ranging in color from pink to blue to white, swivel apart to reveal the watch face underneath. This 201-carat watch is regarded as the most expensive watch in the world.
HUTTON-MDIVANI JADEITE NECKLACE, $27. 4 million
This Cartier necklace made up of emerald green jadeite beads and secured with a ruby, diamond, platinum, and gold clasp, sold at auction in 2014 for $27.4 million to the Cartier Collection.
GRAFF PINK, $46.2 million
In 2010, this 24.78- karat, fancy intense pink diamond broke records upon its sale at auction for $46.2 for the famous jeweler Laurence Graff. The jewel is mounted in a ring flanked by Graff shield-shaped diamond shoulders.
BLUE MOON OF JOSEPHINE, $48.4 million
In 2015, Hong Kong billionaire and collector Joseph Lau purchased this diamond ring at auction for $48.4 million, renaming it the “Blue Moon of Josephine” like his daughter Josephine. The 12.03- karat Blue Moon diamond was discovered in 2014 in the Cullinan mine in South Africa.
L’INCOMPARABLE DIAMOND NECKLACE, $55 million
The world’s most valuable necklace, created by jeweler Mouawad, contains the world’s largest natural diamond. The 407.48- karat diamond is attached to a rose gold chain adorned with 230 karats of smaller diamonds.
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OPPENHEIMER BLUE, $57.5 million
This blue diamond shocked audiences when it fetched $57.5 million at a Christie’s auction in May 2016. This 14.62 emerald-cut stone was the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction.
PINK STAR, $71.2 million
In April of 2017, the Pink Star fetched $71.2 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction, making it the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction. The Pink Star was purchased only five minutes into bidding by Hong Kong conglomerate company Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. Formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink, this fancy vivid pink diamond weighs 59.6 karats and is the largest “internally flawless, fancy vivid pink” diamond to ever be graded by the GIA.
WITTELSBACH-GRAFF DIAMOND, $80 million
This jewel remained the Austrian and Bavarian crown for centuries. Jeweler Laurence Graff purchased the Wittelsbach Diamond in 2008 for $22 million and controversially had it recut to its current state, a 31.06- karat, fancy deep blue, cushion cut diamond. The recutting improved Jewel’s clarity and brilliance and increased its value tremendously. In 2011, the diamond was sold for over $80 million to its current owner, a member of the Qatari royal family.
PEACOCK BROCH by GRAFF DIAMONDS, $100 million
Discovered in 2013 at the TEFAF luxury art and antique fair in the Netherlands, this peacock brooch has a total karat weight of 120.81. This incredible display of beauty and extravagance from Graff Diamonds contains 1,305 gemstones and measures just over 10 centimeters in height. The center diamond is a pear-shaped fancy deep blue diamond that weighs 20.02 karats on its own.
THE HOPE DIAMOND, $200-250 million
One of the most widely recognized jewels in the world, the Hope Diamond is a 45.42-carat fancy dark grayish-blue, antique cushion cut diamond worth approximately $200-250 million.After passing through several owners, including Pierre Cartier and the socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, the gem was purchased by jeweler Harry Winston in 1949. Winston ultimately donated the jewel to the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains on display today.