Ruby is a beautiful gemstone found from pink to blood-red colored. It is one of the precious and popular gemstones with high durability that doesn't break easily. For centuries, it has been popular and favorite among royal families, celebrities, and rich families due to its stunning color, strength, and rareness.
In this article, you can learn about the famous and expensive ruby necklaces, rings, and other jewels ever owned and sold.
On March 25, 2017, The Grand Phoenix Ruby Necklace cost was uncovered by the company Faidee. In the press conference in Basel, Switzerland, the director of Faidee announced the value of the necklace which is $35 million.
It is a beautiful 59.83-carat rubies that are accented by colorless diamonds of 100.21 carats. The combination of the diamonds and rubies are designed in a flower.
The Etcetera’s Burmese Ruby Necklace is a beautiful and well-designed 87.78 carats of ruby and diamonds. It is designed by Etcetera and sold at the Christie's auction, Hongkong in November 2013 for $6.4 million.
The Garrard's "Heart of the Kingdom" is a heart-shaped ruby that is surrounded by beautiful pear-shaped and round white diamonds. The blood pigeon ruby weighs 40.6 carats whereas the precious diamonds weigh 155 carats.
The Heart of the kingdom has a total of 150 diamonds and the centerpiece is a very rare authentic Burma blood pigeon red hue ruby. It can be worn as a necklace and as a tiara. The cost is $14 million.
In 1957, Mike Todd who was the third husband of the renowned actress, Elizabeth Taylor, give her a set of Ruby and Diamond jewels. It was designed and created by Cartier
The necklace alone was sold for $3.77 million whereas the bracelet was sold for $842,500 and earrings for $782,500. The total selling price of all the set is $5.4 million, sold at Christie's in 2011, which went to her AID's charity.
The Red Scarlet was designed by James Currens, the famous jewelsmith. It was made for the Hongkong Jeweler Faidee. It consists of 26 oval-shaped Burmese rubies and pear and marquise-shaped D to F colored diamonds. The featured ruby is of 62.46 carats set in 18k gold which is 39.5cm long.
The Sunrise ruby and diamond ring were sold on May 12, 2015, at Geneva auction by Sotheby. This ring was by Cartier which broke the record for the most expensive gem ever sold in an auction. The previous record-holder was Griff ring for 8.6 million. The centerpiece is a rare Burmese "pigeon blood" ruby of 25.59 carat set between 2.47 and 2.7 carats heptagonal diamonds.
Although the estimated worth of the ring was $12-$18 USD before auction, it was sold for $30.42 million to an anonymous buyer.
The Graff Ruby once held the record of the world's most expensive gemstone ever sold in an auction until the Sunrise Ruby came along. It is an 8.62 carat of pigeon blood red color that is set in the middle of the triangle-shaped diamond. It was sold for $8.6 million to Laurence Griff in November 2014.
One interesting fact about this ring is that the Laurence Griff was the earlier owner of the ring before he sold it for $3. million in and again bought it in 2014 for $8.6 million.
The ruby necklace was a gift from the Saudi Royal family to Camilla Parker, the second wife of Prince Charles. It features 37 oval-shaped Burmese rubies and over 100 carats colorless diamonds.
This beautiful necklace is kept with other collections of the Royals for the use by the future generation of the royals. The first estimated worth of the necklace was around $1.5 million which is now estimated to be over $3 million.
The Duchess of Windsor's Ruby set which consists of Diamond and Ruby necklace, bracelet, and brooch. They were sold after the death of Wallis Simpson, the "Duchess of Windsor" in 1987, auction by Sotheby. The necklace was sold at $2,603,308, the bracelet for $486,000, and brooch for $860,000.
The 32.08-carat ruby and diamond ring by Chaumet was sold for $6.7 million. It features a trapeze-cut diamond shoulder which has the mark of the maker-Chaumet. Ruby is a pure origin of the Burmese with no heat treatment.
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