The Most Expensive Jewellery In The World
It’s no secret that jewellery is one of the most popular high-value products on the market. It’s a must-have purchase for anyone that has the spare cash; whether you want to buy an investment piece, make a fashion statement or collect jewellery as a hobby.
As with all products, the price of jewellery varies massively. From cheap, gold-plated costume jewellery that can be found on eBay or discount stores for mere pounds; to luxury solid gold jewellery that can be purchased in jewellery hubs like Hatton Garden; all the way to the rare, exclusively-commissioned diamond jewellery that can cost tens of millions of pounds.
In this blog post, we’ll be looking at the finest jewellery that money can buy. Read on to discover some of the most luxurious and expensive pieces of jewellery in the world.
Please note, all prices are GBP conversions at the time of writing, based on the price at the time of sale.
The Hope Diamond - £150-250 Million
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
As the most expensive piece of jewellery in the world, with an estimated value of $250 million, it’s no surprise that the Hope Diamond has garnered many stories and myths over the years. In fact, since the 45.52 carat blue diamond was discovered in the 17th century, it has fallen into the hands of many powerful and historic figures, including King Louis XIV. It has also been rumoured to carry a curse, bringing bad luck and even death to the owner and anyone who touches it; the fact that the gemstone glows red after being exposed to ultraviolet light only adds more fuel to this fire.
A Heritage In Bloom - £160 Million
Photo Credit: Katerina Perez
Exclusively commissioned by Hong Kong-based jeweller Wallace Chan, A Heritage In Bloom is a diamond necklace like no other. Designed around a huge 104ct diamond centrepiece, the necklace boasts 11,551 diamonds weighing in at a total of 383ct. Each diamond has been carefully placed so that the necklace can be worn in many different ways — 27, to be exact. According to Chan, this unique necklace took over 47,000 hours to make, which is why it’s valued at a whopping $200 million.
Memory & Dream of Autumn Leaves Earrings - £45 Million
Photo Credit: Telegraph
Officially the most expensive pair of earrings in the world, these exquisite drop earrings are truly one of a kind. The first, Memory of Autumn Leaves, is a vivid blue shade and sold for 41.9 million Swiss Francs in 2017. The second, Dream of Autumn Leaves, is an intense pink shade and sold for 15.3 million Swiss Francs. Despite the differing colours, the two 14ct gemstones are identical in quality, boasting the same size, cut and clarity, making them a perfect pair.
l’Incomparable Diamond Necklace - £45 Million
Photo Credit: The Jewellery Editor
This incredible work of art held the title for the world’s most expensive necklace until Wallace Chan’s “A Heritage In Bloom” was revealed in 2015. With a total of 637ct worth of diamonds, the necklace has been intricately crafted to look like leaves; made up of 35 round diamonds, 27 pear-shaped diamonds, nine heart-shaped diamonds, five emerald-cut diamonds, five cushion diamonds, four oval diamonds, three Asscher-cut diamonds and two radiant diamonds.
The centrepiece gemstone is a stunning 407ct deep yellow diamond — the largest internally flawless diamond ever graded by the GIA. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that this beautiful necklace is valued at $55 million.
The Graff Pink Ring - £35 Million
Photo Credit: Graff
Back in 2010, the Graff Pink diamond broke the record for the most expensive single jewel to ever be sold at auction, selling for $46 million at a Sotheby auction in Geneva. Purchased by Laurence Graff, this rare “fancy intense pink” diamond is now mounted on a platinum ring along with two shield-shaped diamonds. Since purchasing the diamond, Graff has reportedly improved the colour and clarity of the gemstone, which has likely increased its value even further.
Chopard’s 201-Carat Watch - £20 Million
Photo Credit: Amazing Zone
As the name suggests, this incredible watch boasts a total of 201ct worth of diamonds. Part of its mystique is the fact that the watch face is partially concealed by three heart-shaped diamonds of varying colours – pink, white and fancy blue. The rest of the watch is covered with 163ct of yellow and white diamonds, including three large yellow pear-shaped diamonds, 26 smaller yellow pear-shaped diamonds, 48 yellow round diamonds, 260 white pear-shaped diamonds, 91 round white diamonds and 443 yellow pavé diamonds.
For more articles like this, why not check out the Hatton Jewellers blog?