Jewels have always been regarded as precious and throughout our long history, there have been some amazing discoveries of diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies that have been used to make stunning items of jewellery. These stunning precious stones have been presented to Kings and Queens, celebrities and movie stars and if you would like to know more about the stones that changed the world, here is a list of our top ten famous precious stones, in no particular order.
⦁ The Dresden Green Diamond – The largest green diamond in the world, the Dresden Green was purchased by a German aristocrat in the 18th century and is currently stored at Dresden Castle in Germany.
⦁ Grace Kelly’s Diamond Engagement Ring – This Hollywood actress made the transition into royalty when she married Prince Rainer III of Monaco in 1956, who presented her with a stunning 10-carat diamond ring. This ring is said to be valued at $5m, should it ever come up for auction. If you’re looking for an engagement ring and other pieces of jewellery, check out the vintage jewellery dealers on LoveAntiques.com who specialise in both antique and vintage items. You will find stunning pieces at affordable prices.
⦁ The Graff Pink – The largest pink diamond ever, this stone weighs in at a whopping 23.88 carats and is absolutely flawless. Laurence Graff purchased the stone in 2010, when it weighed in at 24.78 carats and had twenty flaws removed in a re-cut.
⦁ The Hope Diamond – Perhaps the most well-known diamond in the world, the Hope Diamond weighs in at 42.52 carats and is currently stored at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
⦁ The Koh-I-Noor Diamond – Said to have weighed a staggering 793 carats when first discovered, this amazing diamond has a very long history. It was passed from person to person for 5,000 years and is currently in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II, weighing in at just over 100 carats. It was presented to Queen Victoria during her reign and is still in the hands of the British monarchy.
⦁ Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring – This ring now sits on the finger of Kate Middleton, with a superb 18-carat sapphire that is surrounded by flawless diamonds, and is considered to be very valuable, due to its royal heritage.
⦁ The Star of India Sapphire – This amazing stone weighs an incredible 563 carats and is the largest blue sapphire in the world.
⦁ Cora Sun Drop Diamond – The largest yellow diamond in the world, weighing in at an impressive 110.3 carats, which originated from South Africa.
⦁ The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond – This Hollywood actress actually married 8 times, twice to Richard Burton, who presented her with an amazing 33-carat flawless diamond engagement ring that wowed the entire world!
⦁ The Tiffany Diamond – This 128-carat yellow diamond is synonymous with Tiffany and was part of a stunning necklace that is currently displayed at Tiffany’s main store in New York.
If you are looking for a unique antique or vintage jewellery item, search online for a reputable antique dealer that specialises in jewellery and you can view a wide range of authentic items from all over the world.
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