They say ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ and most of us girls would literally kill to have an 8 carat “rock” on our finger. Today at Billionaires, we take a look at some of the most expensive and exquisite jewels in the world. Just remember, owning one of these little gems might set you back a cool eight figured sum. Read on in envy.
The Graff Pink
Natural Pink diamonds are the rarest and most desirable gem in the world. Said to be the most expensive piece of jewelry in the world,The Graff Pink was sold for a staggering price of $46 million in November 2010. Hidden away in a private collection for over 60 years, the incredible 24.78 carat stone was acquired by Laurence Graff in 2010. Famously known as “The Graff Pink”, it is classified as a type II color diamond and has a perfect rating which gives it a price of about $1.85 million per carat.
The $30 Million Diamond Bikini
The 30 million dollar Diamond Bikini, designed by Susan Rosen whose designs have been worn by Madonna, Lebron James and Gwen Stefani worked with Steinmetz Diamonds to create the ultimate bikini. The bikini is made up of over 150 carats of D Flawless diamonds, some of the rarest in the world including a 51ct D Flawless Pear Shape, a 30ct D Flawless Emerald Cut, a pair of 15ct D Flawless Rounds and a pair of 8ct D Flawless Pear Shapes. All of the diamonds are free of inclusions, or nature’s birthmarks, making the sparkle and brilliance unsurpassable. That, coupled with perfect D colored stones, which are set in platinum, makes the bikini truly extraordinary.
The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
Donned throughout history by European royalty, put on display in some of the most important museums around the world and hailed by gemstone experts as a remarkable find, this is certainly no ordinary stone.It’s not just a remarkable gemstone because of its size, flawless clarity or stunning color, either. The 31.06-carat blue diamond boasts an ultra rare blue hue, making it the chief rival of the legendary Hope diamond. Both blue diamonds were unearthed in India. Sold for $24.3 million to Laurence Graff in 2008, it was rumored to be the diamond from the Indian Kingdom of Golkonda and that King Philip IV Spain bought it to include in the dowry of his teenage daughter, Margaret Teresa, in the year of 1664.
Heart of the Ocean Diamond
The Hope Diamond was owned by Louis XIV and worn as a royal necklace, while the Heart of the Ocean Diamond is told to have belonged to Louis XVI and worn as a crown.Gloria Stuart wore one of the most expensive jewels ever at the 1998 Academy Awards. This Harry Winston Sapphire has an estimated price of $20 million and is an exact replica of the piece of jewelry from the Titanic. It is the most expensive piece of jewelry ever worn at the Oscars and replicas are being sold for $3.5 million in auction sales.
Bvlgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring
The rare vivid blue diamond, at 10.95 carats, is the largest ever to come to Christie’s auction house. The exceptional diamond is coupled with a 9.87-carat white diamond cut in the same shape. Offered for auction by an anonymous European businessman, the ring is designed by the Italian luxury jeweler BVLGARI. He bought the ring for $1 million from BVLGARI in 1972 in Rome to present as a gift for his wife on the birth of their first baby boy.After sometime he sold it to an Asian collector who bought the ring for $15.7 million after an intense bidding war.This easily becomes one of the most expensive rings in the world due to the two large diamonds it contains. Created in 1972 from the Bvlgari collection.
Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Commissioned by German Prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck, he gave this tiara as a gift to his second wife Katherine in the year 1900. There are also rumors that this tiara belonged to the wife of Emperor Napoleon III of France. Regardless of passed ownership, however, it contains a row of 11 polished pear shaped emeralds at about 500 carats total and an anonymous bidder paid $12.76 million for it.
Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with Edward VIII led to his abdication, has sold for a world record $12 million at an auction.
The Cartier-designed onyx and diamond panther bracelet reached the highest at $12 million at Sotheby’s in central London – the highest price a bracelet has ever been sold for at auction. It also became the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction. Owned by King Edward VIII at one point, it is now rumored to be bought by Madonna recently.
By Avinder Vij
With many thanks to BillionairesNewswire
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