Who doesn’t love sparkly stones? Oh well, it’s as Marilyn Monroe so brilliantly said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”. We at Style Aria love our precious stones dearly and we rounded up a list of 7 insanely famous, most outrageously priced jewelry ever! You better hold on to something because these gorgeous jewels just might make you go weak in the knees!
1. Unmounted Heart Shaped Diamond.
Weighing heavily (56.15 carats), its one part ‘Cullinan 1’ contributed to the beauty of Britain’s Crown Jewel Collection being sold for a whopping amount of 11 million dollars. Marketed as ‘Love at First Sight’, in July 2003, Christie, the seller auctioned off the piece with an exorbitant amount of over $700,000.
2. The Marie- Louise Diadem.
Earlier studded with emeralds but now mounted with turquoise stones, in 1962, this iconic piece went on display at the Louvre in Paris. It had 1,006 old mine-cut diamonds (weight: total of 700 carats) and 79 Persian turquoise stones (Weight: an astounding 540 carats).
3. Empress Eugenie’s Bow Brooch
Made in 1855, this brooch was originally designed as an old European-cut diamond carved bow made especially for Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie (lucky her!). Intended to be a buckle for a diamond belt, Eugenie asked for it to be turned into a brooch, a slightly more intricate version. The President of Louvre, Henri Loyrette arranged a private sale with a New York maker to bring the historical jewelry piece back to its French homeland and paid a roaring $11 million for its comeback.
4. The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.
Of some of the spendthrift collection of jewels in the world, Elizabeth Taylor owned the purest one too. With her perfect 33.1 carat cut diamond engagement ring from her two-time husband, Richard Burton didn’t spend a penny less than $305,000 for it to be seen on his lover’s finger in the year 1968.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth’s diamond size is more than twice the size of Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring!
5. The Logan Sapphire.
One of the second largest known stone in the world, this beautiful Sapphire approximately weighs a magnificent 422.99 carats. One of the kind and one of the largest cushion-cut stones in the world, it is known to be one of the most famous sapphires ever. This unparalleled beauty is set in a brooch with 20-round cut diamonds of 16 carats each surrounding it to emphasize the brilliance of it.
6. Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarck’s Tiara.
Love bloomed to another level for German Prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck and his second wife Katherine in the year 1900 with this gorgeous tiara, 11 rarest Colombian emerald drops weighing over 500 carats combined with diamonds gracing it. On May 2011, it was declared as the most valuable emerald in over 30 years by Sotheby’s. It is said that this piece cost $12.76 million to an unknown bidder.
7. La Peregrina.
Being part of the crown Jewels of Spain, this 16th century pearl with diamond and ruby combination necklace was designed by Elizabeth Taylor with the help of Al Durante of Cartier. After being passed down from Spanish queens, Richard Burton bought it for a hefty $37,000 and made Taylor the proud owner of this piece. The price at which this necklace made it as the top seller at an auction was an astonishing $11,842,500. Isn’t that impressive?