A Heritage in Bloom is arguably one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry ever made. This subtly exquisite 383.4-carat diamond and jade necklace was created by Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook who enlisted the legendary talents of jewelry artist Wallace Chan to make this unforgettable work of art that is estimated to be worth at least $200 million.
This luxury necklace is studded with 11,551 diamonds, including all 24 colorless and internally flawless stones cut by Chow Tai Fook from the Cullinan Heritage stone. Its 104-carat diamond centerpiece is cut from the 507.55-carat Cullinan Heritage rough diamond that Chow Tai Fook bought in a 2010 auction for $35 million. All the other materials were carefully selected to meet the highest standards of quality. These include 19 more perfectly colorless and internally flawless diamonds, almost 600 pink diamonds, 114 icy green jadeites, and 72 white mutton fat jades.
The necklace is designed to be worn 27 different ways, so it took a team of 22 jewelers 47,000 hours (11 months) of work to complete this masterpiece.
The record for the world’s most valuable pieces of jewelry is currently held by the Hope Diamond Necklace, owned by the Smithsonian Institution: adorned with a superb 45.52-carat deep-blue diamond, it is worth around $350 million.