Every once and awhile, somebody creates a piece of jewelry that is truly unique and special enough to take my breath away, something that tantalizes my senses and tickles my sense of wonder… the “A Heritage in Bloom” necklace designed by world-renown jewelry designer Wallace Chan for Chow Tai Fook jewelers is just such a piece.
The center stone is a 104 carat, D-color, Internally Flawless, round brilliant, De Beers Forevermark brand diamond with a triple excellent cut rating. The diamond was cut from the infamous Cullinan Heritage, an exceptionally rare piece of diamond rough which weighed 507.55 carats. The Cullinan Heritage was Type IIa rough diamond, which means that it was virtually devoid of impurities. It was reportedly purchased by Chow Tai Fook in 2010 for $35.3 million, and they spent three years planning and cutting the diamonds which were produced from it.
The 104 carat, D-color, Internally Flawless, De Beers round brilliant Forevermark diamond has been inscribed with a very special inscription number: 20090950755. The number was chosen to signify the recovery date on which the 507.55 carat Cullinan Heritage was found (200909) and the carat weight of the diamond rough (50755).
The “A Heritage in Bloom” necklace contains several other diamonds which were produced from the same piece of diamond rough. Thousands of white diamonds and hundreds of pink diamonds, totaling 383.4 carats, adorn the necklace. Which is beautifully decorated with more than one hundred pieces of green jadeite and white mutton fat jade, and figures of bats for good luck, and butterflies for eternal love.
Stories like this spark the imagination, they’re just so romantic! Maybe one day, HPD will unveil a piece-of-art just as majestic, which contains thousands of hearts and arrows diamonds produced by Paul Slegers of Crafted-by-Infinity diamond, and designed by Wink Jones of High Performance Diamonds. A girl can dream, can’t she? $35.3 million in diamond rough… Imagine that.
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Photo courtesy of Wallace Chan.