Since ancient times, jewellery has been associated with the wealth of a person. Hence, the royal families and the elite families of the society used to have expensive pieces of jewellery made, which they used to pass down from one generation to another. These family heirlooms are made of precious stones and metal and are worth millions today. Listed below are some of the most expensive jewellery sold till date.
The Peacock Brooch
The Peacock brooch is a jewellery item developed by Graff Diamonds which was first displayed at the TEFAF art fair in the Netherlands in 2013. This brooch is exquisitely designed and shows a peacock spreading its feathered tail. It is made of 1300 tiny diamonds which are yellow, white, orange and blue in colour. These tiny diamonds together weigh 120.81 carats. However, the highlight of the brooch is the big central pear shaped rare blue diamond which alone is 20.2 carats in weight. The Peacock brooch is worth 100 million dollars and the whereabouts and the ownership of the brooch has not been made public.
The L’Incomparable necklace is one of the most expensive necklace in the world. The necklace is made of 102 sparkling diamonds set in gold metal. Hanging from the centre of the necklace is a huge 407 carat diamond which has an interesting story. A young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo had accidently found this yellow diamond in a pile of rubble from the diamond mines. It went on to become a part of the most expensive necklaces till date. It is the largest internally flawless diamond in the world. The necklace today is worth 55 million dollars.
The hope diamond is believed to have originated in the Golkonda mines in India from where it was sold to a gem merchant and has been travelling the world ever since. It consists of a striking blue 45.52 carat diamond surrounded by a circumference of tiny colourless diamonds which look like a diamond tennis bracelet. The blue colour is thought to come from impurities like boron present in its structure which also emanates a red glow when removed from all light sources. Its name comes from one of the banking families who once owned it. Their family name was Hope. Today the hope diamond can be found in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and is worth 250 million dollars.
Hutton – Mdivani jadeite necklace
This rare necklace was made for Barbara Hutton who was the heiress to Frank Winfeild Woolworth. It contains 15 mm high-quality jadeite beads which are extremely rare. The clasp is made of rubies and diamonds studded in yellow gold. This necklace is worth 27.4 million dollars.
Mined in South Africa by De Beers, the Pink Star diamond is the largest internally flawless vivid pink diamond today. This pink diamond is 59.6 carats and is worth 71.2 million dollars. A lot of people are inspired by the uniqueness of this diamond and prefer to by a similar pink diamond ring from the Wedding Ring Hatton Garden collection.