Famous jewels for a fraction of the price

Marie Antoinette’s Diamond Bracelet

Throughout history, jewels have been passed through the hands of royalty, and sometimes gifted from one royal to the next. Their monetary value reaches such extraordinary heights because of the demand of these jewels among the rich, royal, and famous. The following jewels are some of the most expensive throughout all of time and we show you famous jewels for a fraction of the price.

Famous jewel – Princess Diana’s Sapphire Ring

Princess Diana’s ring was given to her by Prince Charles at their engagement ceremony and is understandably one of the world’s most famous jewellery pieces. The 12-carat sapphire is surrounded by 14 diamonds and set upon an 18k white gold band. It cost around $36,000 (£28,500) in 1981. However, today is valued at around £400,000. Beyond its remarkable size and price, Princess Diana’s ring brokes tradition. Instead of commissioning a one of a kind design, Dianna selected the ring from Garrad’s existing catalogue.

Princess Diana's Sapphire engagement ring

The Diana ring for a fraction of the price

We have our very own Sapphire, Diana ring starting at just £95, set upon a sterling silver band, surrounded by cubic zirconias and a genuine Sapphire. This ring is the perfect gift for an anniversary or September birthday.

Sapphire rings don’t always have to cost £400,000

Also available is another Sapphire ring from our Love collection, costing slightly more, at £599. The ring is 9ct white gold with 1ct Oval Sapphire and 0.04 carats of Illusion Set Diamonds cut for maximum sparkle. You really can get famous jewels for a fraction of the price!

The Tennis Bracelet

Previously known as eternity bracelets, Tennis Bracelets are set closely together to completely encircle the wrist, just like eternity rings. Tennis bracelets are stylish, elegant pieces of jewellery that add style and sophistication to any outfit. They generally have a loose fit so that they can move freely, but not fall off your wrist.

Chris Evert faces service (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

Where do Tennis Bracelets get their name?

During the 1987 U.S. Open, tennis star Chris Evert suddenly stopped the game mid-match and asked the officials for a time out when her diamond Tennis Bracelet fell off her wrist. She insisted on finding it before playing the next point. When asked about it in an interview, she called the diamond bracelet her “tennis bracelet” and so the iconic name was born.

There are many different styles of Tennis Bracelets. Here at Grace & Co, we have many to choose from.

Famous jewels for a fraction of the price – we have Tennis Bracelets starting from just £49! Take a look below.

The Graff Pink Ring

Famous jewel - the Graff Pink Ring

Founded by Laurence Graff in 1960, Graff Diamonds Company soon became known as one of the most prestigious diamond houses in the world. Graff’s Pink diamond sold for $46 million at a Sotheby auction in Geneva in 2010, breaking the record for the most expensive jewel sold at auction, and Graff has reportedly improved the diamond’s colour and clarity since purchasing it, which has likely increased its value.

We’re loving this stunning pair of stud earrings in a sophisticated shade of pink, inspired by the work of artist Emma Kunz. They’re perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this festive season! You can find these earrings on our website at £75, which just a fraction of the price of the Graff diamond! To see more about Emma Kunz, click here

This pink crystal cocktail ring is an artful illusion; it’s expertly sculpted with the appearance of soft, sweet candy, but the central cushion-cut stone is set in iridescent pink metal. Its tonal inner band ensures it will fit comfortably on your finger. Style it as a standalone piece of Pop Art. Available for £165.

Famous jewel – Marie Antoinette‘s Diamond Bracelets

Marie Antoinette is one of the most celebrated queens of all time and was the Queen of France from 1774 until 1793 when she was executed after being found guilty of crimes against the state. While in prison she sent a letter stating that a wooden chest with jewels would be sent for safekeeping.

The dazzling jewels were stowed away during the French Revolution. Which, miraculously, have remained intact rather than being broken up.

They spent the past two centuries hidden from view in a private royal collection.

Antoinette’s two bracelets are made up of three strands of diamonds and contain 112 stones. They sold for nearly £6 million, the second highest price ever paid for a jewel belonging to Marie Antoinette, according to Christie’s auction house. An anonymous telephone bidder bought the bracelets.

To find a historic piece that can be traced back over 200 years is incredibly rare.” said Max Fawcett, head of Christie’s jewellery department in Geneva.

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