For a lot of people, the most valuable piece of jewelry they own is a special ring or necklace. Maybe it’s a wedding ring or family heirloom. If one of the jewels on this list was in your collection, you’d be very careful about who you showed it to.
The Oppenheimer Blue
This blue diamond sold at auction for $57.5 million in 2016, and nobody knows who owns it. We don’t know about this jewel’s history, except that it comes from South Africa. It gets its name from Sir Phillip Oppenheimer, a famous figure in the diamond business. He once purchased the stone as a gift for his wife.
The Peacock Brooch
Presented to the public in 2013 at the TEFAF art fair in the Netherlands, this piece of jewelry is actually thousands of jewels. Shaped like a peacock, it’s made of yellow, white, blue, and orange diamonds. The center is a dark blue pear-cut diamond. Valued at $100 million, nobody knows who owns the brooch now.
The Pink Star
Mined in 1999 in South Africa, it took 20 months to cut the huge rough diamond into its beautiful shape. It used to be called the Steinmezt Pink and was displayed at the Smithsonian Institute. In 2017, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises bought the gem for $71.2 million.
The Hope Diamond
Believed to be from Southern India, this jewel has a long history and many names. In 1666, a French merchant owned it and named it the Tavernier Blue. It soon became the French Blue and belonged to King Louis XIV. In 1792, the diamond was stolen and re-cut. The biggest piece showed up in 1839 and was named Hope after the family who owned it. After passing through some other hands, the Hope Diamond found its home at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It’s valued at around $350 million.