The rich and famous are lucky enough to own and wear some of the most exquisite and rare gemstones in the world. From rulers to royalty to collectors lets take a closer look at the gemstones and Jewelry of the rich and famous.
Queen Elizabeth II has a lot of jewelry. In fact she keeps jewelry in a particular room in Buckingham Palace. To hold all the Jewelry the room is huge and sits 10 meters below the ground floor. One of the most exquisite gemstones in her collection is the Timur Ruby. This gemstone was given to her in 1851 by the East India Company. With the invention of modern Gemology it was discovered that this Ruby was in fact not a Ruby at all but a Spinel. In any case the 352ct Red beauty is among one of the finest gemstones in the world.
The British Queen also poses some of the largest cut of diamonds from South Africa. This diamond mining area produced the Cullinan I, Cullinan II and Stars of Africa. The Cullinan I is the largest cut Diamond in the world and is also referred to as the Great Start of Africa. It weighs 530.40cts and is mounted in the head of the Sovereigns Sceptre with cross.
The Cullinan II Diamond or the Second Star Of Africa weighs 317.40cts. This Diamond is mounted in the Imperial State Crown.
She was well known for her diamond jewelry collection. Take for example a 33.19cts Diamond and a 69.42cts Diamond which now dangle from a diamond necklace.Her heart-shaped yellow diamond which was from Shah Jahan who designed and built the taj mahal in 1621.
Michael Wilding gave Elizabeth a cabochon sapphire ring. Meanwhile, Mike Todd gave her a set of impressive ruby earring and necklaces..
She received another souvenir from Burton, which was the most momentous pearl. A pear shaped Pearl weighing 203.84cts previously owned by the Spanish majestic family.
Her jewellery collection grew significantly when she was engaged with Aristotle Onassis. Her engagement ring from Onassis cost almost $2.6 million from an auction at the famous Sotheby’s.
President Kennedy bought gifts for his wife but never had any opportunity to give it to her. These gifts were sold at auction for a large sum of money. Some of the more unique pieces included a 47ct Kunzite ring which sold for $410,000. An Amethyst necklacewhich sold for $55,000 and stunning red tourmaline earrings for $35,000.
Most of her movies shows set of massive cabochon Emeralds. She also uses her ruby bracelet in some of her films. That bracelet sold at Sotheby’s for $990,000.
There is a funny but scary Story about Marlene’s Emerald ring. Image this ring, 37.41cts of beautiful Cabochon Emerald ring. One day she was baking a cake at Ketherine Cornell’s house. While she was there she thought she had lost her ring. As per usual when cooking she would remove the ring. After searching the house it could not be found.
She owned the 60cts Star (from Bombay) and 200 carat Star (from India)
Theda never cared for diamond jewelry. Instead she used to wear a stamped Emerald and Turquoise ring referred as ‘Talisman’.
Gloria had great taste in jewellery. She used to use 10% of her worth to buy jewellery. Her annual budget for her jewellery was $500,000. Gloria Swanson used to wear significant jewellery. Her favourites were Amethyst, Emerald, and Gold chain necklaces during the 1920’s.
Joan preferred to choose sapphires referred as “Joan Blue.” Her much-loved pieces of jewelry wea a bracelet with 3 star sapphires in it. They each weighed 57.65, 63.61, and 73.15 carats.
She also received a gift from her second husband which is a 70cts star Sapphire engagement ring. She also had a 72 carat Emerald, which she often wears on the same finger!
Jean used to collect Sapphires. Her engagement sapphire ringsfrom Powell was a 150cts cabochon sapphire.
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