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Famous Diamond Necklaces

Updated: Jan 30, 2022

Legendary jewellery pieces worn in movies or vanished from the market.

Today with great attention we will honor only large sized diamond necklaces created by famed jewellery houses and surfaced gloriously in 21 century.

The Tiffany Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered. Its carat weight was originally 287.42 carats in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa.

The stone was purchased by New York jeweler Charles Tiffany. His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, studied the gem for a year before beginning to cut it; reducing it to 128.54 carats. In 1879, the company bought the Tiffany Yellow for $18,000. The diamond was imported into the United States with little publicity.

The Tiffany Diamond set in Jean Schlumberger’s 'Bird on a Rock' was made in 1995 for the display in Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." John Keats

Only three women have ever worn the diamond, the first one is Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball in Newport, Rhode Island.

The second star is Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the third appearance was to the Oscars Feb 25, 2019, worn by Lady Gaga where she was nominated for Best Actress and performed her Academy Award-winning song "Shallow."

For the 175th anniversary of Tiffany's founding,in 2012 the Diamond is reset in its current form of magnificent necklace of dazzling white diamonds.

What makes the Tiffany Yellow unique is the cut. The diamond does not have typical Stellar Cut Brilliant cut. The crown is stepped, and that involves splitting the main facets.

The diamond received 40 facets on the crown, and 48 more on the pavilion. The standard Brilliant Cut had just 56 plus two facets. The Tiffany Yellow, had 90.

The Hope Diamond

With a controversial history that dates for centuries The Hope Diamond it get its name after by Lord Philip Hope that acquired the gem in 1830.First named Tavernier Blue after French gem merchant and adventurer Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the heart-shaped was sold to King Louis XIV and recut to 67.5 carats and renamed The French Blue. The famous Blue has changed its name several time throughout history always due to its vibrant rare blue color found in only 0.02%.

Now the stone weighs 45.52 carats and it has a different shape changed by the famous and talented Pierre Cartier . The oval frame of smaller diamonds are enhancing the mysterious blue.

There was a curse on this magnificent Blue that brought bad luck to the ones that own it or even touch it. Evalyn Walsh Mclean one of the proud owners of 'The hope diamond' has blessed the gem lifting the curse.

Currently estimated to $350 milion and sitting safely at Smithsonian Institute in Washinton DC attracting more then seven million visitors a year.

The Patiala Necklace

"This is a dream world, the incarnation of a fugitive oriental dream" The French L'illustration late 1920

The Patiala Necklace was a necklace created by the House of Cartier in 1928. It was made for Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, who was the Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala and one of the richest men in the world.

When Patiala met in Paris with Muffat in1925 one of the top sales people from Cartier a large wooden box has been open and all his family heirloom was given to Cartier in one of the biggest commission of all times.

The necklace contained 2,930 diamonds with over one thousand ct including as its centerpiece the yellow 234.65 carats De Beers diamond.It took three years for Cartier to put together this magnificent jewel and when it was displayed on 13 Rue de la Paix the New York Times reported :

"We are transported into the world of the One thousand and One Nights"

The necklace disappeared from the Royal Treasury of Patiala around 1948.

In 1982, at a Sotheby's auction in Geneva, the "De Beers" diamond reappeared. There, the bidding went up to $3.16 million

In 1998, part of the necklace was found at a second-hand jewellery shop, Cartier purchased the incomplete necklace and, after four years, restored it to resemble the original. They replaced the lost diamonds with cubic zirconia. The recreated necklace was displayed to The Splendor of India's Royal Courts" at the Asian Art Museum.

It is said that the original necklace would be worth today around $30 million

The Queen of Holland

The necklace was inspired by a 1931 design conceived for the Maharajah of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier who ran the boutique in London. Madame Toussaint the legendary Creative Director of Cartier Mansion was a visionary and pioneering woman creator. Described as the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world, it included the 136.25-carat blue-white Queen of Holland Diamond, a 12-carat olive-green diamond and several substantially sized pink diamonds among other huge white diamonds. Jacques Cartier said the necklace for the Maharajah, a major client of the jeweler, was:

“A superb realization of a connoisseur’s dream.”

Cartier eventually bought the diamond from the Maharaja's family and sent it to their London branch in 1960 where it was put on offer. In 1978 William Goldberg of New York purchased the diamond and it was recut, with minor alterations, from 136.25 carats to its present weight. Later that year it was sold for a reputed $7 million. The gem is now owned by Robert Mouawad.

The piece worn by Anne Hathaway was specially created by Cartier for the film.The necklace had to be made in eight weeks and the gems are not diamonds the gems are zirconium, a natural material, mounted on white gold. In the movie the necklace is named after its real creator Madame Toussaint:

" Jeanne Toussaint Necklace"

Isadora necklace

Named after American-French dancer Isadora Duncan, who is known as the

“Mother of Modern Dance”

The 84-carat yellow diamond is worth $5–6 million and was first worn by Whoopi Goldberg at the 74th Academy Awards, then by Kate Hudson.The star of the ball was the garland style necklace loaned to Hudson’s character, Andie Anderson. The flowery diamond necklace was sold shortly after filming to an undisclosed customer. It was, of course, a stunner created by none other than Harry Winston. The pair of 5 ct radiant cut yellow diamond stud earrings she wore, worth approximately $125,000 that complimented the yellow satin gown, custom designed to go with the ensemble.

The Isadora necklace worn by Kate Hudson wore in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days had the reminiscence of the Tiffany Diamond (128.54 carats).

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