Marilyn Monroe once said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. We all know that wearing expensive jewellery gives us a feel-good factor and a high-priced piece of sparkle can definitely complete any look.
The higher the price of the piece, the more sought after and precious it normally is. From million pound watches to thousands of dollars’ worth of diamonds, we all dream for the perfect piece of jewellery, but does it break the bank? We’ve counted down some of the priciest labels on some of the most glamorous jewels.
1.Briolette Diamond Necklace
This stunning piece of craftsmanship has a flawless briolette diamond as its centrepiece and weighs a jaw-dropping 75.36 carats. Complementing the Briolette, a Marquise diamond of a purple/pink shade wraps around the jewel. Surrounding it are smaller briolette diamonds which are set on a white gold chain, weighing another 18 carats.
When this piece was put up for auction, it expected to bring in $8.5 million and went on to sell for $11.1 to be one of the most expensive jewellery pieces in the entire jewel-encrusted world.
2.Emerald and Diamond Tiara
This flawless, royal piece was commissioned in 1900 by the German Prince Guido Count von Henckel. This was a gift from himself to his wife at the time Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck, but is rumoured to have belonged to the wife of Napoleon the III of France. The stunning Emerald-encrusted and Diamond plated tiara has 11 rare Columbian Emerald pear shaped drops of 500 carats; which are believed to have belonged to a Maharajah.
It sold at $12.7 million at the Sothebys Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale, and allegedly this was more than $2 million over the original selling price.
3.Heart of the Kingdom
Garrard is one of the longest reigning and highly respected jewellery companies. They have made the Heart of the Kingdom; which is a part of the club “Most Expensive Jewellery Pieced in the World”. Its current value is a huge $14 million and features a remarkable Burmese Ruby; 40.63 carats of heart-shaped, expensive love. The rare ruby is delicately mounted on a 155-carat diamond necklace which is studded with 150 more soft, sultry diamonds.
Along with the necklace, reports come from a Swiss lab, which verifies the authentic and true rarity of this hidden gem. It doesn’t just have to be a necklace, it can also be transformed into a royal tiara.
4.Heart of the Ocean
The classic film ‘The Titanic’ hosts a special appearance from this spectacular piece. The heart of the ocean is one of the most recognisable pieces of jewellery, and was worn by Gloria Stuart at the 1998 Academy awards. The actress who portrayed the elderly Rose in the film wore a replica which was created by the well-known jewellery Harry Winston. Even though this is a replica of the original, it carries a real sapphire diamond of 15 carats and is prices at a huge $20 million.
Being one of the most expensive pieces in the world, it has been worn at the Oscars and other award ceremonies. Even the imitations of this piece go for a whopping $3.5 million at auctions. This piece is a true reflection of a classic, glamorous and heart-warming piece of jewellery.
5.The Perfect Pink
We have all probably heard of the Pink Panther- well this shimmering pink piece is as close as you will get. This diamond has plenty of reasons to be one of the most expensive pieces in the world at an estimated $23.2 million; this trumps any of the above pieces and is surely a rare design.
The huge 14.23 carat diamond has an intense pink shade and due to its singular tinge and perfect colour, cut and clarity, it is sure a piece that shines. Less than 10% of pink diamonds are over 0.20 carats so this is one in a million. In 244 years of auction history, only 18 diamonds had 10 carats or more, so this 14.23 carat dazzler stands out from the crowd.
The Perfect Pink is edged each side by another two colourless diamonds, which weigh 1.73 carats and 1.67 carats. The overall three diamonds set a charming rose and white gold ring of a full 18 carats.