Posted on 20 July 2016
From Elizabeth Taylor’s famed Krupp diamond to a Cartier Panther bracelet, we give you five of the most famous jewellery pieces of all time.
The Krupp Diamond
The engagement ring of all engagement rings, Elizabeth Taylor’s famous Krupp diamond weighed in at an impressive 33.19 carats. Talking about it at the time, the famous screen siren said: “I’m a big woman, so I need a big diamond,” and she was not wrong about this Asscher cut beauty. Sold by Christie’s after Taylor’s death, it fetched an impressive US$8 million at auction.
Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
Wallis Simpson might be a woman known for many things, but did you also know that she was a woman with exquisite taste in jewellery? One of her many pieces was a stunning diamond Panther Cartier bracelet which featured a plethora of diamonds, onyx and emeralds. And it seems Simpson wasn’t the only person coveting this sensational piece either, with it fetching a whopping US$ 6.2 million at auction, making it the most expensive bracelet ever sold.
Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring
While Princess Diana, who reportedly picked the 12 carat oval blue Sapphire herself, didn’t fare so well with her marriage, we can hope for a fairytale ending to the second owner of this stunning ring - Kate Middleton. With Prince William presenting it to his then bride-to-be while on holiday, this has to be one of the most talked about engagement rings of all time.
The Heart of the Ocean necklace
Who can forget that moment in Titanic where Rose simply drops the necklace into the ocean? Well, it seems Harry Winston couldn’t forget it either, creating their own version for the 1998 Academy Awards for the actress who played the elderly Rose. Priced at US$20 million, the blue diamond not only houses over 15 carats, but takes the title of the most expensive piece of jewellery ever to have been worn to the Oscars.
The Tiffany Yellow Diamond
If you love yellow diamonds, then we have quite the story for you with this one. Not only is the Tiffany yellow diamond, one of the largest yellow diamonds ever found, but it has also only been worn in public twice. But first, to the beginning of the story, when the stone was found. Purchased in 1878 by Charles Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. it was cut by George Frederick Kunz who dedicated an entire year to studying the stone before he set about cutting it. What he achieved has been called a ‘stellar brilliant cut,’ with the stone housing 82 facets, 24 more than the traditional round brilliant cut.
So valuable is the stone that it has only been worn twice, with one of those times being by Audrey Hepburn in publicity shots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.