Imagine that your girlfriend or wife or both love jewelry. What women don’t? Now imagine winning a few hundred million in a lottery and being able to purchase some high-end jewelry for these women. Pure joy!
Whether they’re being featured in Hollywood blockbusters, online slots, or history’s most famous paintings, high-end jewellery has been capturing the hearts and wallets of human beings for centuries. We take a look at this list of the most eye-wateringly expensive jewellery ever sold in history. From single gems, to rings and necklaces, these beauties are worth a fortune.
* The Bulgari Blue Diamond – $15.7 million
The Bulgari Blue Diamond, is a breath-taking ring that was designed in the 1970s that sold from a private European collection at the auction house Christie’s in New York. Dating back to circa 1965, the ring is set with a fancy deep-blue diamond, one of the rarest diamonds on the planet. It was the top seller in an auction of more than 450 jewellery pieces that totalled more than $50 million (£31.6 million)
* The Zoe Diamond – $32.6 million
Very little is known about the history of this diamond, despite its hefty price tag. What we do know is that the amazing diamond was certified by the GIA as a 9.75 carat Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond – the highest colour grading possible for blue diamonds. It was auctioned by Sotheby’s NY as part of the collection of Rachel Mellon, wife of Paul Mellon, an incredibly wealthy Philanthropist and Racehorse owner.
* The Graff Pink – $46 million
A rare 24.78 carat pink diamond, once owned by American celebrity jeweller Harry Winston, has been described as “one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered”. The diamond, mounted in a ring, was sold in Geneva, Switzerland by Sotheby’s auctioneer. Upon its sale to Laurence Graff in 2010 it
became the most expensive single jewel ever sold at auction for its time, well above the estimated $27-38 million price-tag.
* L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace – $55 million
The L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace holds the World Record as the most valuable necklace in history. This diamond piece, weighs 637 carats, with the world’s largest internally flawless diamond as its centre-piece. It was discovered over 30 years ago by a young girl in Africa, when it was a massive 890 carat by-product of diamond mining. It took the Mouawad Jewellery Company over four years to craft it into a necklace worth $55 million with 91 diamonds of various cuts, including 229.52 carat white diamonds, set in 18 carat rose gold.
* Pink Star Diamond Ring – $83.02 million
The most expensive piece of jewellery in history, the pink star Diamond Ring was initially valued at $61 million dollars, eventually surpassing that total once sold by over $20 million dollars. The “Pink Star” was cut and polished from a 132.5 carat rough diamond mined by De Beers somewhere in Africa in 1999, according to Sotheby’s, which said it had no information on the exact geographic origin. The Pink Star was bought by New York diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who renamed it The Pink Dream. However, the diamond is still with the auction house Sotheby’s, as the 2013 buyer could not afford the price.