You know jewels can be costly not just for the quality of the stones and metals they are composed of, but also because of their history. But just how expensive can they be?
Here are three jewels you would be lucky to see:1. Heart of the Ocean
According to JewelCast Ltd, this is something recognised by any shop that specialises in jewellery casting in the UK. Even replicas of the necklace inspired by the movie Titanic cost thousands of dollars in auctions. The movie reproduction, created by professional jeweller Asprey & Garrard, is a platinum-set, 171 carat Ceylon sapphire on diamonds, bought for almost a million GBP by an unnamed Asprey client. So far, no jeweller has yet produced a piece as described fictitiously by the movie: a blue diamond necklace once owned by Louis XVI.2. Emerald and Diamond Tiara
There are many copies. But the Emerald and Diamond Tiara, a 500 carat piece commissioned in the 1900s by Prince Guido Count von Henckel of Germany for his wife, sold for 8.9 million GBP at a Sotheby’s auction. Owned and protected by Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck for most of its life, The Tiara is well-known for the beauty of the 11 rare Colombian pear-shaped emeralds that adorn its top. Below and around them are 11 cushion-shaped yellow diamonds and small ones embedded on silver and gold. Truly a special case of jewellery where the diamond is not the focus of the set.3. Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
Originally owned by Philip IV of Spain and valued for over 56 million GBP, this diamond is known for being one of the clearest blue diamonds in the world. To match its price somewhat is its tale of controversy. The English jeweller Laurence Graff bought the Wittelsbach blue diamond for around 16 million GBP, removed 4.45 carats from it and revealed the masterpiece inside. The move angered a lot of popular jewellers, who have since been tamed by the beauty revealed by Laurence Graff.
It is amazing how much money people are willing to spend on jewellery, especially if the pieces come with stories, like the three above. These pieces show how highly people regard precious stones and metals that have a little history in them.