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A List of Some of the World's Most Stunning,
Most Valuable, Most Expensive Jewelry Ever... 

This legendary bling is listed by immensely expensive first:

--  From an accidental priceless treasure trove found in Afghanistan, 
to Cleopatra's wildly expensive whimsy, to the Hope Diamond, to
Liz Taylor's magnificent jewelry collection, to Princess Di's 
engagement ring, here's a list of some of the world's priciest, most 
sought after, most valuable jewelry ever made, over the centuries, 
and across the planet... 
                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                    

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Bactrian gold, a treasure found at Tillya Tepe, was found in six burial mounds 
at an archaeological site in northern Afghanistan, in an area where nomads lived 
around 2,000 ago. Excavated in 1978, the jewelry was extraordinarily elaborate, 
and considered one of the most exciting finds of the 20th century. Of more than 
20,000 items found, most jewelry was made of gold and semi-precious stones of 
all colors. There were also coins and other artifacts made of gold, silver, ivory, 
etc, all breathtaking items from China, India, and Greece. Placed on display at 
museums worldwide, these breathtaking ancient Bactrian treasures are said 
to be priceless.

                                 

The richest temple in the world is India's Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple with 
its 6 incredible underground chambers. Immense treasures have been found within 
5 of its 6 vaults - 18-foot diamond necklaces, solid gold crowns studded with 
precious stones, thousands of pieces of jewelry, sacks of diamonds, gold coins, 
rubies, sapphires, emeralds, solid gold throne covered in diamonds, solid gold 
statues and idols, ceremonial garb covered with gems, and more, valued at about 
$22 billion, which is considered a conservative estimate. With one vault (Vault B) 
still unopened, the total value of these magnificent finds could possibly top $1 trillion. 

The "Hope Diamond", the most famous diamond in the world, has a history that 
goes back about 400 years. Once owned by King Louis XIV, the exalted Hope 
diamond changed hands for centuries. Famous jeweler Harry Winston bought it in 
1949 and then donated it to the Smithsonian Institution. A diamond that comes 
with myths and legends, its curse is said to bring misfortune to anyone who wears 
or owns it. Originally called the Tavernier Blue, it was stolen from the French 
Crown in 1791 and then re-cut. The Hope Diamond is simply irreplaceable. It's 
insured at the Smithsonian for $250 million. 

                                        

In Poland, back around 1985, during renovation of an old building in the Polish 
town of Sroda, an unexpected treasure trove was found. It included a magnificent 
gold crown, which possibly belonged to Emperor Charles IV's wife. There were 
also 12th and 13th century gold pendants, a gold clasp bearing precious stones, 
gold rings, one bearing a dragon head, gold coins, over 3,000 silver coins from 
the 14th century. This magnificent accidental find is valued at about $120 million. 

Elizabeth Taylor's famous La Peregrina natural pearl, on a diamond, ruby and 
cultured pearl necklace, which was given to her by Richard Burton. He bought it 
for Liz Taylor in 1969 with a price tag of $37,000. That broke the world record 
back then for the most expensive pearl ever sold at auction. Because the pear-
shaped La Peregrina, which was revered as one of the most important pearls in 
the world, actually dates back to the 16th century. Velasquez painted it, it's said 
that it belonged to King Phillip II of Spain and also to Queen Mary I.  Richard 
Burton had Cartier add the incomparable La Peregrina pearl to a diamond and 
ruby necklace. It sold for $11.8 million in December 2011. Also in her estate 
was a 33.19-carat diamond ring - also from Richard Burton - which sold for 
$8.8 million. The entire Elizabeth Taylor jewelry collection sold for a total of 
$115.9 million.

                                        

The "Wittelsbach-Graff" Diamond, chief rival of the Hope Diamond, is a 
31.06-carat blue diamond of rare size, with rare deep blue hue and flawless clarity. 
(Both of these historic blue diamonds were actually unearthed in India, probably 
at the Golconda mines.) The Wittelsbach-Graff diamond has been a gemstone |
of royalty throughout history - it's said that its unique shape dates the stone 
cutting back to the 1650s in Europe. An aristocratic, flawless gem passed from 
one royal family to another for centuries, most recently it was mounted on the 
crown of the King of Bavaria until 1918. Its rare blue hue and stunning size 
make it an exquisitely remarkable beauty. Back in 2008 it broke all records 
when it sold for $23.4 million. Today, it's value is estimated at $80 million.

The "Pink Star", 59.60-carat pink diamond is the largest internally flawless 
fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) 
ever graded. It's the largest known diamond ever rated "Vivid Pink" and took 
20 months to cautiously cut. It was cut and polished from a 132.5 carat rough 
diamond mined in Africa, and broke all auction records for the sale of gemstones. 
Called one of the world's natural treasures, this astonishing pink diamond 
eclipsed the record formerly held by the "Oppenheimer Blue", and is valued 
today at $72 million.

The "Oppenheimer Blue" diamond set an all-time record for any jewel ever 
sold at auction in May 18, 2016, when it was the largest and finest fancy vivid 
blue diamond to ever be auctioned. The rare rectangular-cut stone is 14.62 carats, 
an exceptional, breathtaking diamond. Three private collectors in Geneva were 
the last to vie for ownership of this historic treasure. When the hammer came 
down to lively applause, it sold for a record $57.5 million. 

                                                                                                   

"L’Incomparable" Diamond Necklace was named the most expensive 
necklace in the world by Guinness World Records. It features the largest 
internally flawless diamond, the massive yellow 407.48-carat "Incomparable" 
centerpiece diamond, plus 91 diamonds of various cuts, adding an additional 
230-carats of smaller diamonds. In other words, this extraordinary necklace 
features a total of 637-carats of diamonds. The "Incomparable" diamond 
was studied and very carefully cut over four years. The stunning 
L'Incomparable is valued at $55 million.

The "Graff Pink" diamond, a rare 24.78 carat pink diamond was once described 
as "one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered". Pink diamonds are some of 
the rarest in the world, and very few exceed 5 carats or display such vivid color. 
So it's no surprise that the Gemological Institute of America classified it as 
"fancy intense pink", a high color rating for pink diamonds, and assessed it as 
Diamond type IIa -- which puts it in the top 2 percent of all diamonds on the 
planet. Captivating and remarkable, the Graff Pink diamond was mounted in a 
ring and sold at a Swiss auction in November, 2010. Back then, it was the largest 
price paid for a diamond, making it the most expensive diamond in the world, 
selling for $46.2 million. (Then the Oppenheimer Blue broke that record in 2016.) 

In 1928, Cartier created the opulent "Patiala" necklace for Bhupinder Singh 
of Patiala who was the Maharaja of the state of Patiala in India at that time. The 
necklace was ravishing, with 2,930 diamonds, plus rubies, and a 428-carat 
De Beers diamond, the seventh largest diamond in the world. Unfortunately, the 
spectacular necklace disappeared in 1948. Though the massive De Beers diamond 
was actually found, the other precious gems were never recovered. Value is 
considered to be $30 million.

The "Diamond Bikini" made a splash when it was featured in Sports Illustrated 
in 2006. Made of pure diamonds that weighed over 150-carats and were set in 
platinum, it was a very very skimpy diamond bikini and a very expensive dip in 
the water. Considered pretty revealing, chances are it probably won't be doing 
much swimming. Designed by Susan Rosen, the tiny diamond bikini is estimated 
at a big $30 million. 

                                         

Egyptians are famous for their jewelry - and here's one story worth mentioning. 
Cleopatra really loved her emeralds, but the oddest story, according to legendary 
Pliny, is this: in order to win a bet she made with Marc Anthony that she could 
create the most expensive meal in history, Cleopatra dissolved one of the two 
largest pearls in the world - taken from one of her earrings - in a goblet of vinegar 
and then drank it after it dissolved. It's thought that the drink she had would be 
worth about $28 - $30 million today. (Wonder if she needed a chaser.)

The most expensive jadeite necklace in the world belonged to Woolworth heiress 
Barbara Hutton - a Cartier jadeite bead, ruby and diamond necklace. Barbara 
Hutton was born in New York City on 14 November 1912, the granddaughter of 
Frank Winfield Woolworth, founder of Woolworth's. Even as a young girl, she had 
a great love for gemstones, especially jadeite. During the late 1930’s, she lived in 
London, was a former princess, then a countess. The Woolworth heiress was one 
of the wealthiest women of the 20th century and an avid collector of jewelry, 
including historic jewels. She owned many Cartier jewels. In fact, Sotheby's 
called her piece the "greatest jadeite bead necklace of historical importance." 
It was sold in April, 2014 for more than $27.4 million.                                      

The "Chopard Watch" a dazzler made in 2000, sports 874 high grade diamonds, 
at a spectacular 201 carats in an array of colored diamonds of unusual hues and 
fancy shapes that enhance its appeal. Looking more like a gem-studded bracelet, 
there's a special mechanism in this luxury watch that allows three heart-shaped 
diamonds to move aside in order to reveal the watch face which is pavé-set with 
small round yellow diamonds. Entirely handmade, it's the second-most expensive 
watch in the world, an extraordinary $25 million masterpiece.
                                        

The astounding "Diamond Peacock Ring" is an incredible ring listed in the 
Guinness Book of World Records as jewelry set with the most diamonds -- it 
features as many as 3,827 cut diamonds, weighing in at 50.42 g. It was created 
in India by Savio Jewellery, has a carat value of 16.5-carats, and an estimated 
sale value of over $2.7 million.

                                        

Speaking of rings, Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring features a 
12-carat oval blue faceted sapphire, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. The 
setting is 18K white gold. Diana's popularity caused this to become a sought-
after engagement ring design, and public demand really soared in 2010 after 
William and Catherine became engaged with Diana's gorgeous, iconic sapphire 
ring. Back in 1981 when Diana's engagement was announced, the ring was valued 
between $50,000 and $60,000. Today, some estimate its value at close to $500,000.

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Please note that this list of the world's most expensive jewelry is intended purely 
for entertainment and informational purposes only. Be sure to check out my 
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