Collecting fine gems and jewelry is not a cheap hobby. Even if you’re an entry-level crafter working with beads, string, and wire, materials can get expensive! Or if you’re someone who fancies themselves a good necklace or set of earrings every so often, you’ll know that the good stuff isn’t cheap. But have you ever wondered what the most expensive jewelry in the world is? What is it that makes a particular piece of jewelry so valuable?
In this list, you’ll find the top 10 most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world, everything from semi-precious to precious stone embedded necklaces to shining diamond rings and bracelets.
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10. Princess Diana’s Ring – $38k
Princess Diana’s engagement ring, given to her by Prince Charles, consists of an oval-shaped 12-carat blue Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. The ring itself is 18-karat white gold. The ring has been passed down from Prince William to his wife Kate Middleton, a decision which spurred a number of popular replicas of the dazzling sapphire ring. The original ring is valued at a price of $38,488. Not a lot compared to some of the jewelry on this list, but certainly valuable for its historical importance.
9. H. Stern Venus Necklace – $3.17 million
Many of the pieces in this list are flashy, bright, bold, and perhaps even gaudy for some people’s tastes. If you’re more appreciative of subtler, simple craftsmanship, the H. Stern’s Venus Necklace is a great example. The necklace itself is 18 carat noble gold, wrapping a number of 110 carat diamonds, all expertly crafted into cushion, pear, and square cuts. In the back, a diamond star of 14 carats. It is priced at $3.17 million dollars.
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8. DeBeers Marie Antoinette Necklace – $3.7 million
Inspired by one of the most luxurious, flamboyant, and outspoken women in French history, the DeBeers Marie Antoinette Necklace is a daring, elaborate piece of jewelry worth $3.7 million dollars. It is a 181 carat monster of a necklace, with an array of 8 carat white diamonds surrounding the 1.84 carat pink diamond and the 5.24 and 7.06 yellow diamonds in the middle, all pointing to its pear-cut white diamond centerpiece hanging from the bottom.
7. Mrs. Winston Diamond Necklace – $5.8 million
Worn by Jessica Alba at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2013, the Mrs. Winston Diamond Necklace is a $5.8 million dollar, 187 carat necklace made up of 207 diamonds, all cascading into a graceful v-neck. The diamonds are all set in platinum, and of D, E, and F color quality, the kind of high standard offered by the Harry Winston jewelry company.
6. Heart of the Kingdom Ruby – $14 million
Garrard and Co. is one of the most renowned jewelers in the world, a British company famous for their daring and exceptional pieces and bold trendsetting. The Heart of the Kingdom ruby is a fine example. An extremely rare necklace, the Heart of the Kingdom is valued at a staggering $14 million. It’s made from a large, 40.63 carat heart-shaped Burma ruby and surrounded by 155-carat diamonds diamonds.
5. BVLGARI Blue Diamond Ring – $15.7 million
Steal one quick glance at the BVLGARI Blue Diamond Ring, and you’ll see it’s no ordinary diamond ring. Breaking conventions with its daring two-stone arrangement, made up of one triangular, 10.95 carat Fancy Vivid blue diamond, and another triangular 9.85 carat colorless diamond, the ring is valued at $15.7 million dollars. Designed by BVLGARI in the 1970s, it features one of the largest Fancy Vivid diamonds to be sold at an auction, a type of blue diamond that is rare enough given its size.
4. Heart of the Ocean Diamond – $20 million
The Heart of the Ocean Diamond necklace really lives up to its name. Designed by Harry Winston, the necklace is composed of a huge, 15 carat blue diamond, inspired by the fictional necklace worn by the older version of Rose in the film Titanic. It was worn by the actress who portrayed Rose as an old woman, Gloria Stuart, to the Academy Awards. At $20 million dollars, it is one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry ever to be worn to the ceremony.
3. Diamond Bikini – $30 million
Daring, scanty, and perhaps even a little bizarre, the infamous diamond bikini designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds, and worn by model Molly Sims for a swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, is worth a whopping $30 million bucks. The function to cost ratio of this bikini is hilarious, but nevertheless, that’s what it’s worth. (Of course, nobody would actually wear this to go swimming.) What makes it so pricey? Well, it’s made up of platinum-set diamonds, over 150 carats!
2. L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace – $55 million
The L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace with the L’Incomparable name is the world’s most expensive necklace, valued at $55 million bucks. Designed by multinational jewelry company Mouawad, it’s a 637 carat diamond necklace with a 407 carat yellow diamond as the heavy looking centerpiece. The story behind this diamond is interesting too. It was actually discovered decades ago by a young girl in the remnants of a diamond mine, a giant 890 carat diamond that was eventually crafted into the centerpiece for the L’Incomparable necklace.
1. The Pink Star Diamond Ring – $83.2 million
It might surprise you to discover that the world’s most expensive piece of jewelry is not a huge, cascading waterfall of diamonds or even a huge, showy bracelet. In fact, it’s a simple, pink diamond ring. The softly plum-colored diamond is one of the most demanded colors of diamond, and weighs in at 59.60 carats. The ring is valued at a staggering $83.2 million dollars.
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