The Chinese have always had a soft spot for beautiful jewelry, and the latest amazing piece comes from the renowned Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook. He has created one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry ever made, specifically a 383.4 carat diamond and jade necklace. Dubbed “A Heritage in Bloom”, it was designed by Wallace Chan to be worn 27 different ways, through taking off and snapping together seemingly opposing sections.
Studded with 11,551 diamonds, including 24 colorless and internally flawless stones cut by Chow Tai Fook from the Cullinan Heritage stone, this incredible necklace is one fashion accessory that would impress any ladies out there. Considering its 104-carat diamond centerpiece is cut from the 507.55-carat Cullinan Heritage rough diamond, this becomes more and more obvious.
The design of the necklace depicts Chinese culture at its best, with a hint being a circle of “mutton fat” white jade, which comes together with a diamond, long revered in the west. The necklace also features clusters of jade mixed among diamonds, two diamond-encrusted bats that symbolize good fortune in China and two butterflies in a parable – a nod to Taoism.
All 24 stones were cut from the rough Cullinan Heritage diamond, with the stunning 20.02-carat marquise-shaped diamond and a 11.94-carat round-shaped diamond from the Cullinan diamond sitting above and below the 104-carat stone. There’s no doubt in my mind, this necklace is probably the world’s most expensive piece of jewelry, being valued at $200 million. Sadly, it’s not for sale…