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Marilyn Monroe poses with jewels in a publicity still for her 1953 film 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Source: Alamy

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend: The Most Expensive Earrings in History

It’s always been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. The price that some have paid to own some of the most dazzling diamonds in the world would imply that the old adage is true. According to historians, adorning our ears with gems is a tradition that dates back some 5,000 years ago and it seems we still love to show off sparkly jewels on our lobes today. From Marie Antoinette’s diamond drop earrings to a rare pair of pink and blue diamonds, these are some of the most expensive pairs of earrings to date.

Artemis Pink and Apollo Blue Diamond Earrings

Selling for an eye-watering approximately A$79 million at a Sotheby’s auction, the Artemis Pink and Apollo Blue pear-shaped diamond earrings hold the record for the most precious earrings ever auctioned. Acquired by a single anonymous buyer in 2017, the unbelievable diamond earrings were purchased collectively to total more than 31 carats. The Apollo Blue diamond fetched around A$58 million while the almost identical pink Artemis diamond was sold for around A$21 million.

Marie Antoinette’s Diamond Earrings

Gifted to Marie Antoinette by Louis XVI, these diamond drop earrings total around 34.6 carats and carry an intriguing history. After Marie Antoinette was guillotined during the French Revolution, the pear-shaped diamond earrings are believed to have been gifted to Empress Eugenie by Napoleon III and then owned by Russia’s Grand Duchess, Tatiana Yousupoff before falling into the hands of jewellers like Cartier and Harry Winston.

While the value of Marie Antoinette’s earrings can’t be known, they are possibly one of the most valuable in history. Marie Antoinette’s diamond earrings were eventually donated to the Smithsonian Institute, where they now sit on exhibition in the National Museum of Natural History.

Lorraine Schwartz Emerald Earrings

At the 2009 Oscars, Angelina Jolie single-handedly reminded us all of just how elegant emerald gems are. Designed by Lorraine Schwartz, these 115-carat emerald earrings fetched for approximately A$3.4 million and are deemed some of the most precious pieces of emerald jewellery ever auctioned.

Golconda Diamond Earrings

Purchased through high-end auction house, Christie’s, these 23.11 carat diamond earrings auctioned for an unbelievable A$12.8 million in 2011. These sparkling earrings feature Golconda diamonds extracted from the Golconda mines in India.

Miroir de l’Amour Diamond Earrings

Weighing in at approximately 52.55 carats and 50.47 carats, Boehmer et Bassenge’s pear-shaped diamond earrings are up there with the most extravagant pieces pairs ever sold. These marquise-cut diamond earrings called Miroir de L’amour sold for approximately A$26 million.

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