Spoiler: They're Usually Owned By Famous People
The earliest forms of jewelry date back as far as 115,000 years when Neanderthals living in Europe fashioned pieces made from seashells. Since then, jewelry has been a form of human expression and has had its place in every culture, from ancient Egypt to various Native American tribes to today. So without further ado, let's go right to the top and look at some of the world's most cherished pieces of jewelry:
Princess Diana's Engagement Ring
The 18-carat Ceylon Sapphire that's surrounded by 17 diamonds drew some controversy in its day, mainly because it wasn't a custom piece, but rather part of the Gerrard collection. But hey, it's the one Diana wanted, and it's still worth $60,000. Psst ... Kate Middleton now wears it.
Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona
As the only watch to command a whopping $17.5 million at auction, Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona is an irreplaceable piece of pop culture history. Better yet, the Daytona was originally designed for racing drivers looking to keep time, which we all knew was one of Newman's passions.
The Pink Star Diamond
The 59.60-carat pink diamond is known for being the most expensive gemstone ever sold at auction with a $71.2 million dollar price tag. Sources say that it's internally flawless and took two years to cut.
The Hope Diamond
Everyone knows about the Hope Diamond, but what you may not know is that it is the largest blue diamond in the world and that it was once owned by King Louis XIV. The diamond was donated to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., where it currently resides.
The Tiffany Yellow
This 128-carat yellow diamond is among the largest in the world, and it's on display at Tiffany's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. Rumor has it that it has only ever been worn twice – once by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at a 1957 Tiffany Ball and Audry Hepburn in 1961 for a Breakfast at Tiffany's photo shoot.
The Koh-I-Noor Diamond
After being passed around for 5,000 years, this 109-carat diamond was given to Queen Victoria and has been part of the British monarchy ever since. Currently, the Koh-I-Noor is mounted on top of Queen Elizabeth's coronation crown.
What are your thoughts? We know we missed some, so if you have one you'd like to mention, let us know in the comments below!