Whether you prefer white gold, yellow gold or platinum, diamonds or rubies…there is something about a piece of jewelry that draws people in. Jewelry differs from personal preference to being designed according to culture, but the thing that every piece of jewelry has in common is that almost everyone adores these shiny pieces of adornment. The price of jewelry varies according to the materials used in creating the piece and many pieces are so valuable that they are only worn on special occasions. Have you ever watched a celebrity step on to the red carpet or starred in awe as a princess waved to the crowd and wondered just how much the bracelet or ring they were wearing was worth? Whether you are obsessed with the beauty of a diamond, the glitter of a ruby or simply have a curiosity about the most expensive pieces of jewelry are in the world…be prepared for a peek at 10 of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world.
Briolette Diamond Necklace
When the Briolette diamond necklace was put up on auction, it was expected to bring between $8.5 and $12.5 million. It became one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world when it sold at auction for $11.1 million. The stunning necklace has a total diamond weight of 75.36 carats, with a beautiful purple-pink shaded, marquise shaped diamond in the center. Surrounding the flawless briolette diamond are smaller briolette diamonds that are set on an 18-carat white gold chain.
Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
Made by Cartier Paris in 1952, the onyx and diamond panther bracelet sold at auction for $12.4 million. When the bracelet sold for this price, there were some small stones missing, so it was not sold in the best condition. The Panther bracelet was commissioned and originally owner by the Duchess of Windsor and American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Although the panther bracelet, which gets its name due to the bracelet being uniquely shaped like a panther, was bought by an anonymous buyer through Sotheby’s Auction, it has been rumored that Madonna was the one who bought the $12.4 million necklace.
Emerald and Diamond Tiara
The emerald and diamond tiara was commissioned in 1900 by German Prince Guido Count von Henckel as a gift for his wife, Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck. The stunning diamond and emerald tiara was created with 11 extremely rare Colombian, emerald pear-shaped drops weighing in at about 500 carats, which were believed to have once belonged to Maharajah. The tiara is thought to be a part of the personal collection of Empress Eugenie. The tiara was sold through the Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale for $12. 7 million, which is reportedly $2 million more that the estimated price.
Heart of the Kingdom
The Heart of the Kingdom was the design of Garrard, one of the most respected jewelry companies in the world, with a reputation for creating the most expensive jewelry pieces in the world. The Heart of the Kingdom, valued at $14 million, has a 40.63 carat, heart-shaped Burmese ruby and mounted with 150-155 carat diamonds. Depending on the needs of the owner, the necklace can also be transformed into a tiara.
Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring
The Bulgari two-stone diamond ring was created in 1972. It is an original from the Bulgari collection. The ring has two triangular diamonds, one is a vivid blue that weighs 10.95 carats and the other is a 9.87 colorless diamond. The color, clarity, rarity and flawlessness of the ring has been authenticated and verified by the Gemological Institute of America. The ring sold at auction for $15.7 million to an Asian collection.
Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring
Blue diamonds are extremely rare and highly sought after in the jewelry industry, which what makes Chopard’s blue diamond ring one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world. The ring contains a flawless, 9 carat, oval-shaped blue diamond with a triangle-shaped diamond surrounding it that is set in 18-carat white gold. This beautiful, rare ring is valued at $16.26 million.
Heart of the Ocean
The Heart of the Ocean is thought to be one of the most recognizable pieces of jewelry in the world. It is an original and exact replica of the necklace featured in the movie, “Titanic”. The necklace, created by Harry Winston, a well-known jeweler, contains a 15 carat blue diamond and is valued at $20 million. Gloria Stuart who portrayed the elderly Rose in the Titanic movie wore the necklace to the Academy Awards in 1998; it was the most expensive piece of jewelry to ever be worn at the Academy Awards. Replicas of the Heart of the Ocean are sometimes put up on auction for the selling price of $3.5 million.
The Perfect Pink
With an estimated value of $23.2 million, the “Perfect Pink” ring features a rare, 14.23 carat pink diamond. It has been said that the rectangular shaped pink diamond in this ring has perfect cut, clarity and color and it is believed that less than 10% of all pink diamonds are over .20 carats. The pink diamond is set in 18 carat rose and white gold and has a colorless diamond on each side that weigh 1.73 and 1.67 carats.
With a price tag of $30 million, not only is this one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world, but this piece is also claimed to be the most expensive bikini in the world. The bikini was worn by super model Molly Sims in 2006 for a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. It has over 150-carat diamonds that is set in platinum. The “bikini” was designed by Steinmetz Diamonds and Susan Rosen.
L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
Weighing in at 637 carats and valued at $55 million, the L’Incomparable diamond necklace has set the world record as being the most valuable necklace in the world. The Incomparable diamond was discovered more than 30 years ago by a young girl when it was an 890 carat by-product of a diamond mining. It took the Mouawad Jewelry Company 4 years to polish and craft the yellow-shaded diamond into a necklace. The necklace, set in 18 carat rose gold, is crafted from 91 diamonds of various cuts, one of which is a 229. 52 carat white diamond.