L’Incomparable 637ct diamond necklace valued at £36.2m.
Fine jewellery brand Mouawad has created what is officially the world’s most expensive necklace.
The L’Incomparable 637ct diamond necklace has been valued at US$55 million (£36.2m) and as such has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most valuable neckpiece in the world.
Mouawad retail division guardian Pascal Mouawad said: “This is the fourth time that Mouawad has received a certificate from the authority of Guinness World Re-cords and it’s another of those remarkable moments in history for our family.”
The centrepiece of the necklace, which was crafted in house at Mouawad, is the Incomparable Diamond, a modified shield step-cut deep yellow diamond that is the world’s largest internally flawless diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America, weighing 407.48 carats.
The Incomparable Diamond is complemented by 90 tumbling white diamonds, weighing 229.52ct, set in 18ct rose gold branches.
Mouawad diamond division guardian Fred Mouawad said: “Through creativity, patience and verve, the artisans at Mouawad have crafted an impressive and sublime diamond necklace– giving the fa-mous diamond a permanent throne. Befitting of a royal court, L’Incomparable diamond necklace leaves nothing to be desired except to grace the neck of a queen or a very special woman that absolutely deserves nothing less.”
The history of the Incomparable Diamond dates back to just 1980, when the stone was discovered in a rubble pile of kimberlite by a young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the stone had been discarded as it was believed the kimberlite was too chunky to contain diamonds.
The stone was then delievered to Martin Samuels who spent four years supervising the cutting of the stone. It was then put on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, which was to be the first of many museums to host the diamond.