Pink Graff Diamond:
One of the largest and most famous pink diamonds, the Graff Pink, received its name from its current owner, diamond dealer Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds. The stone weighed 24.78 carats and was categorized as fancy intense pink, which is an extremely high color rating for pink diamonds. The diamond was evaluated as type IIa, and potentially flawless. However, even these impressive characteristics were not enough for Mr. Graff. Against the wishes of many because of the risk involved, he sent it back to the polishing wheel in the hope of improving the stone. After only removing a few points, his outcome was a 23.88 carat Fancy Vivid Pink IF (internally flawless) diamond. This placed the Graff Pink in the top two percent of the world’s diamonds.
Heart of the Ocean Diamond:
Titanic viewers fell in love with the romantic storyline as well as the remarkable Heart of the Ocean; a necklace Kate Winslet’s character, Rose wore in the film. Even though the gorgeous Heart of the Ocean is only a fictional diamond, there is a one of a kind blue diamond that comes close to its beauty. The famous Hope Diamond, also known as the Le Bijou du Roi (The King’s Jewel) is a magnificent blue diamond that weighs an estimated 45.52 carats. The origins of the remarkable diamond date back to India, where the original and much larger blue diamond, the Tavernier Blue was bought by a French gem merchant named, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. The Hope Diamond’s rare blue colour and exceptional size have placed the diamond in a class of its own.
Bulgari Two Stone Diamond Ring:
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 Bulgari collection, an Asian collector willingly bought the ring for $15.7 million after an intense bidding war.
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 £4.5m at auction.
The Cartier-designed onyx and diamond panther bracelet reached £4,521,250 at Sotheby’s in central London last night – 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.
Emerald & Diamond Tiara:
Made of emeralds and diamonds set in gold and designed by Albert in the Gothic Revival style he handled so well, Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara was made in 1845 by Joseph Kitching for £1,150. It features upright cabochon emeralds atop a base of scrolls, and seems to encircle the head, nearly or completely.
Queen Mary’s Diamond Riviere and La Peregrina Pearl:
It has an estimated price of $1,828,224. This was owned by England’s first female ruler Queen Mary. It is considered to be one of the world’s most exclusive jewels that include a Diamond Riviere. It was crafted from 34 old cut authentic diamonds set in gold and silver and given as a gift by the queen to her granddaughter Princess Margaret.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Engagement Ring:
When we think of Elizabeth Taylor, we can’t help but be reminded of her incredible collection of jewelry. Married a remarkable eight times – and twice to the same man – there’s no doubt she led an interesting life. It’s her passion for sparkling diamonds that we at Ritani, of course, find most appealing. While over the years she added to her collection herself, it’s her engagement rings that have fueled the most fascination; perhaps because of what they represented.
Empress Eugenie’s Bow Brooch:
The acquisition by the Musée du Louvre of the Empress Eugenie’s bow brooch was a symbolic and prestigious event.
It was a symbolic purchase as it is a perfect example of French jewellers’ expertise during the second half of the nineteenth century: they knew how to achieve flexibility and movement in the material. It was a symbolic gesture for the great French museum as they had to spend 6.72 million euros in order to buy this exceptional jewel. A large part of this sum was paid for by the legacy of 5 million euros that Mr. and Mrs. Rouffet gave to the Amis du Louvre.
The Kohinoor Diamond:
Previously owned by various rulers in India and now a part of the British Crown jewels, the Kohinoor Diamond weighing 106 carats was once the largest diamond in the world. The diamond is said to be about 5000 years old, but the first document attesting its existence dates back to the year 1526 when the Indian emperor Babur had it in his possession.
Marie Antoinette’s Necklace:
Belonging to Marie Antoinette, the child of Empress Marie Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I, the estimated price is at $3.7 million.