The Queen of Sheba Parure - Honey-Coloured Diamond & White Parure
More a work of art than jewellery, the Queen of Sheba Parure, named after the Biblical monarch who was the richest woman in the world, is also the most expensive parure ever offered for sale in the history of humanity. It consists of large honey-coloured diamonds, white brilliant-cut diamonds, smaller honey-coloured diamonds, rose-cut and old-cut diamonds set in yellow and white gold (some of which has been oxidized). It was designed specially for Lady Colin Campbell, who has worn it in its entirety to royal events. She has also worn it without the tiara to such glamorous occasions as the Frederick and Jean Sharf dinner in Boston to celebrate the opening of the Scaasi Exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and says, "This is not only a parure of the greatest magnificence, which is guaranteed to have onlookers commenting upon at its splendour and delicacy, but it is also amazingly versatile.
One can wear just wear the earrings, ring and bracelet when going out informally, say with trousers and a cashmere sweater, to dinner in a restaurant such as Lucio's in London or Le Grenouille in New York. The combination, of yellow and white gold as well as oxidized white gold, with the honey-colouring of the main stones and the subtle sparkle of the white and smaller honey-coloured diamonds, means that it is perfect when worn with a variety of colours, especially grey, brown, beige, yellow, and black. When worn with the tiara, this parure is truly one of the most stupendous sights anyone will ever see. Not only is it worth more than many a publicly-listed company or blocks of the world's most valuable real estate, but it looks it too. Yet it is so delicately designed and wrought that it never looks ostentatious, simply the unique treasure that it is. What everyone comments upon is how magnificent yet feminine looking it is, and what superb workmanship has gone into its execution."
The parure consists of a tiara, necklace, long-drop earrings, ring and bracelet. In honey-coloured diamonds, white diamonds, old-cut and rose-cut diamonds set in yellow and white (some oxidized) 18 carat gold, it is £130,000,000.
Citrines could be used as substitutes for the honey-coloured diamonds, in which case the base price is £420,000. Travel replicas would be available for either the honey-coloured diamond or citrine parures at no extra cost.
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