Peter Singer once said, “Diamonds have an image of purity and light. They are given as a pledge of love and worn as a symbol of commitment,” and he was right. What is it about diamonds that captures the hearts and minds of men and women alike? More than any other mineral or gemstone, diamonds seem to consume us. Some people may sell their trinkets to gain cash for scrap gold, but many people will never sell their diamonds. We dream about their sparkle and long to have them perched on our fingers, ears, and necks. So much so that people have spent thousands, even millions of dollars, pounds, and euros to acquire their beauty. How much would you be willing to spend on diamonds? These individuals went the extra mile, and then some.
1. L’Incomparable – The Incomparable diamond
This hefty yellow diamond was priced at a whopping 55 million dollars and made it to the Guinness records in 2013 as the most valuable necklace in the world. Ironically, the stone forming the central point was found by a young girl playing amongst some mine rubble; the workers had cast away the rock assuming one of its size could not hold anything valuable. This incomparable egg-shaped yellow diamond is a flawless 407 carats surrounded by 90 white diamonds, and according to her creator only lacks the neck of a queen or very special woman.
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2. The Heart of the Ocean
We all remember the infamous scene in Titanic where Jack sketches a nude Rose, adorned only by one very large sapphire necklace. This is in fact a 15-carat blue diamond, weighing in at an impressive 20 million dollars. Of course, several jewellers have since been inspired to create their own versions of this lovely blue piece.
3. The Heart of the Kingdom
The Heart of the Kingdom is one of the largest Burmese rubies ever found, weighing in at 40.63 carats and surrounded by 155 carats worth of white diamonds. The heart of the kingdom carries a price tag of 14 million dollars and can be worn as a tiara as well.
4. William Goldberg Briolette
The briolette cut for a diamond is perfection itself, mimicking the fluid grace of a drop of water. William Goldberg will forever be known for crafting the world’s largest, most flawless briolette. Weighing in at 75.36 carats, along with a marquise-cut purplish-pink diamond and several smaller briolettes, this pendant will set you back a mere 12.5 million dollars.
5. Leviev’s Vivid Yellow Diamond Pendant
As the world’s largest asscher cut diamond, this stunning 77.12 carat yellow diamond will set you back a cool 10 million dollars