CHOPARD CREATES A 6-PIECE JEWELRY SET OUT OF THE 342-CARAT QUEEN OF KALAHARI DIAMOND
Earlier this month (February 2017), diamond jewelry maker Chopard has unveiled a truly unique set of jewelry: Out of the extremely rare Queen of Kalahari – a diamond weighing 342 carats mined at the Karowe mine in Botswana – Chopard has created a set of of six pieces of jewelry featuring 23 diamonds. Five diamonds in the set, dubbed “The Garden of Kalahari”, weigh over 20 carats.
Co-President of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele, oversaw the slow, careful process of turning of the rough stone into jewelry. Scheufele, who believes and practices sustainable development in jewelry, said that when she first encountered the diamond she “immediately sensed that this was an incredibly rare gem of exceptional beauty and purity”.
The Queen of Kalahari, Chopard explain, is at an extremely rare size for a diamond of such absolute purity and perfect colour. The Queen of Kalahari combines D color – the most beautiful – with grade F (Flawless) clarity.
The centerpiece of this collection is the Garden of Kalahari necklace, which features “an entirely invisible mechanism” that means it can be detached in the center and adorned “with an exquisite flower to form a more sophisticated version”. The flower itself serves to attach three pendants adorned with the three biggest diamonds in set: a 50-carat brilliant-cut, a 26-carat heart-shaped diamond and 25-carat pear-shaped gems. Each of these precious “attachments” can be worn alone or together.
Two of these pendants – the heart-shaped and pear-shaped diamonds – can be worn attached to the earrings, also of the set. The earrings can also be worn without the heart-and pear-shaped diamonds, for a more discreet version.
The Garden of Kalahari collection also includes a cuff bracelet adorned with two emerald-cut diamonds; two rings of which one bears a 20-carat cushion-cut diamond; and a “secret” watch.