Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook released a gorgeously crafted diamond necklace – “A Heritage in Bloom” in September 2015. Once released, it became the new most expensive diamond necklace in the world.
All large-grain diamonds are cut from a rough diamond weighing 507.55 carats.
This necklace was completed by Chinese master craftsman Wallace Chan, incorporating the traditional favorite icy green jadeites and white mutton fat jades. Perhaps due to the influence of the Qing Dynasty’s bead system, the necklace has a modular design that can be sported in 27 ways.
In 2009, more than 500 carats of diamonds were mined in the Cullinan Mine in South Africa. This is the 19th largest gem-quality diamond rough ever discovered and was named “Cullinan Heritage“.
In 2010, Chow Tai Fook purchased this pure Type IIa diamond from Petra Diamonds for $35.3 million and decided to make it a unique piece of jewelry.
Cullinan Heritage was eventually cut into 24 D-color internally flawless diamonds, covering waterdrop-shaped, marquise-shaped, long stepped, heart-shaped, and other cut shapes. The largest of these diamonds is brilliant-cut and weighs 104.27 carats.
Wallace Chan used paved gems in this piece, including 10,953 more divine colorless diamonds, 598 pink diamonds, 72 white mutton fat jades, and more than 100 icy green jadeites.
The setting of the central diamond is particularly special. The diamond is fixed in the center by six icy green jadeites claws.
There is also ample space between the nails and the diamond. A white mutton fat jade is placed to form the vision of the diamond floating in the air effect.
The beaded design is also unique in that round diamonds are embedded in white mutton fat jades, naturally blending two gems with different textures.
In order to highlight the oriental temperament of the work, Wallace Chan also uses traditional Chinese auspicious elements such as bats and butterflies in the works. The “bat” and “blessing” are homophonic, meaning happiness, and the butterfly symbolizes eternal love.
A Heritage in Bloom has a total of 27 wearing styles, and the simple and complicated shapes can be matched with different occasions.
The “A Heritage in Bloom” diamond necklace took up to 47,000 hours to make, and her owner Chow Tai Fook does not plan to price or sell it but to keep it permanently.