Jewelry, a fashion piece that has a way of making a look complete. Nowadays, jewelry has become one of the symbols to express love and devotion. But to some, jewelry and adornments mean more than just that, especially to the royals (insert Kate Middleton's jewelry here). Even long before royal fashion has become the trend, jewelry has been a staple when it comes to the expression of wealth and status. Civilizations of long ago use their royal jewelry pieces to state their influence and socio-economic status in the community. In this blog, we will find out what are the most precious and most expensive pieces of jewelry of royalty.
The royal ladies (and even the gentlemen, we must say) loved to embellish themselves with different pieces of royal jewelry. Ranging from all kinds of expensive gems (ruby, diamond, emeralds, and sapphires) to ethereal tiaras, sophisticated brooches, expensive bracelets and pendants, extravagant charms, the jewelry collection of royalties can be out of this world. Truly, these ladies don't only know how to rule, they rule their own fashion as well. From the British monarchs, to the French queens, here are some of the most expensive royal jewelry that everyone should know about.
1.)The Necklace of Marie Antoinette
This royal is not only controversial, she also owned one of the most expensive royal jewelry pieces. Marie Antoinette's necklace is estimated to have a current cost that plays around $3.7 million. The said necklace is of an astounding beauty. The accessory is embellished with a number of white diamonds. Also, a pair of yellow diamonds adorn the said jewelry. To make the value more expensive, a pink diamond can be seen on the bottom of the necklace. The necklace is set on a platinum that has an estimated weight of 8.05 carats. The overall carat weight of all the diamonds in the necklace is around 13 carats.
2.) Queen Mary's Diamond and Pearl
When you are the first female ruler of one of the strongest empires in the world, it's just right that you deserve a special treat. That's why Queen Mary, England's first, had jewelry pieces whose prices are beyond us. One of the most popular jewelry pieces owned by the Queen was the famous Diamond Riviere. Made of 34 vintage cut diamonds which are set in silver and gold, this jewelry is now priced at $1.8 million. Another jewelry piece she owned that also made the list is the La Peregrina Pearl, a most famous pearl necklace in history.
3.) Princess Margaret's Brooch and Tiara
Belonging to a royal family does bring a lot of jewelry perks. Princess Margaret can attest to that. Margaret, Elizabeth II's younger sister, has her fair share of eye-popping royal jewelry pieces. One of her famous possessions is the Monogram Brooch. The brooch, of personalized design, has an initial "M" on it. The said brooch has a setting of circular cut diamonds. Another jewelry of hers is the Poltimore Tiara. One stunning feature of this jewelry for royalty is its ability to be converted into a necklace and brooches. The estimated price of both jewelry pieces combined is $2.1 million.
4.) Duchess of Windsor Jewelry
Wallis Simpson wasn't only known as the American divorcee who made a king abdicate a throne, she was also a member of the royal family who owned one of the most popular and expensive royal jewelry. The said jewelry is known as the Cartier Panther bracelet. This treasure, a lovely bangle which is embellished by diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire. The said Panther bracelet made history not only because it is owned by Wallis but also because it was sold in an auction at a whopping price of $12 million.
5.) The Katharina Tiara
The Countess Consort Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnesmarck was not only known for her exceptional beauty; she was also made famous by a famous piece of jewelry she owned. The Swedish Princess perhaps owned one of the most beautiful tiaras among royals. The precious possession was a gift by her husband, Guido Henckel von Donnesmark. The famous tiara is made up of eleven pear-shaped emeralds and pink Colombian diamonds. It is a thing of beauty and price as when it was sold in 1979, it garnered the price of $12 million.
6.) Infinite Cascade Necklace
The Prince of Monaco is named as one of the richest royals in the world. So, there's no wonder that Monaco holds a vast and, not to mention, rich reservoir of jewelry. This truth was seen when Princess Charlene of Monaco stepped out wearing a necklace that surely turned heads. The necklace that she wore on one of the royal functions is composed of 1,237 diamonds! Aside from that, it also boasts of six huge pearls and a pretty rose gold setting. The price of the piece has not been disclosed but we are sure that it costs a lot!
7.) Princess Diana's Sapphires
When we talk about royals, jewelry, and fashion, it is quite impossible to forget the late Lady Diana Spencer. Once known as Princess Diana, this soft-spoken, beautiful blonde was the center of attention of royal press thanks to her style and jewelry ensembles. While she had access to the royal jewelry pieces (and also some of the trinkets she received as gifts during her wedding) there are several pieces that stood out and continue to mark in the minds of the people: the famous sapphire ring. It was Diana's engagement ring given to her by Prince Charles. A sweet gesture was done by Prince William when he proposed to Kate Middleton with the same engagement ring. Because of its significant historical value, and it's beauty, it is considered as one of the most expensive engagement rings in the world today. Pretty spectacular, huh?
8.) Necklace from the Art Deco Era
The Art deco years has produced beautiful pieces of jewelry that are always worth the dig in. One of the popular and expensive art deco pieces is this emerald necklace that has a bountiful amount of history in it. This stunning necklace of spectacular color is one that belongs to a Spanish Flamenco dancer named Anita Delgado. Eventually, the performer became a Princess in Kapurthala officially making this necklace part of the royal collection. This one-of-a-kind necklace is embellished with lots and lots of diamonds for extra sparkle. The star of the show, however, are the gorgeous emeralds. It has been auctioned at the famous jewelry house, Christies, and is valued at more than 100,000 pounds.
9.) Emerald and Diamond
It seems like royals favor emeralds and diamonds so much more. To add to the list of aristocrats who favored emerald (and addition to the most expensive jewelry pieces owned by royals list) is this emerald and diamond necklace owned by Marie Jose, the Queen of Italy. This royal was famous as the last royal of Belgium. However, there was something about her not everyone knows: she owns such an extensive jewelry collection which included this gorgeous emerald and diamond necklace. The said necklace was filled with so many sparkly diamonds. The emeralds, on the other hand, was numbered at fifty pieces. This necklace was a creation of Van Cleef and Arpels. Such a majestic jewelry for a stunning royal. The price of this breathtaking creation has not been revealed but we're placing our bets that this costs a fortune! That is for sure.
10.) Tiara and Pecten Shaped Brooch
The royals of the 19th century were very particular with jewelry. Perhaps it is the very reason why they collected so many precious trinkets. Thanks to them, we now have trinkets that are not only beautiful but is filled with so many stories of history. The last, but definitely not the least, on our list are the tiara and the pecten shell shaped brooch owned by Queen Marie of Romania. Born a true blue royal, this Princess turned Queen donned many spectacular jewelry pieces. The tiara that belonged to her boasted of solid gold and stunning expensive gems. It was a tiara fit for a princess. Another jewelry from her collection was the brooch that has the shape of a pecten shell. The brooch included a monogram of her tiara and the brooch is fashioned to an M initial. Both are very beautiful and expensive.
Without a doubt, royals are owners of the world's most expensive jewelry pieces. Not only are they privileged to own such breathtaking collections, they are gifted by other royals as well. How amazing is that? Up to now, these monarchs and kingdoms continue to impress people with their jaw-dropping ice and jewels. Who can blame these people for owning such huge treasures? They deserve that, too. We can't wait to see another batch of pricey jewelry from our favorite royalty. We have our eyes on you, Duchess of Cambridge.
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