Who is actually buying the most expensive jewelry in the world?
While most of us hardly even have enough money to ever take a real vacation to a tropical paradise, you know that you'd still like to daydream about what you could buy if you did have the money. At least for now you can sound more socially savvy when you know who in the world has the extra cash to put down millions for exclusive jewelry, so read on to see the five biggest private spenders in the news today:
1. For $80 million dollars, the Qatari Royal Family purchased the 31-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond.Called "the most-expensive piece of jewelry ever made in the world" as of 2015, the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond has been around at least since 1664, and its previous owners included the kings and queens of Spain, Austria and Bavaria. After changing hands several times due to the world wars, it finally turned up in a Christie's auction in 2008, which is where the famous London jeweller Laurence Graff bought the diamond for $23.4 million. Still, he wanted to improve it to make it even more valuable. Using great expertise, he recut the diamond, raising its grade to an extremely rare "fancy, deep-blue and internally flawless" diamond. Since it belonged to royalty for so many years before, it seems only fitting that royalty should possess it again. Around 2011, reports emerged that Graff had sold the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond to a member of the Qatari royal family, who wishes to remain unknown, for $80 million dollars. We do know that the head of the Qatari Royal Family, at least until 2013, was the Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who had a net worth of around $2.4 billion dollars.
Some others just spend millions on jewelry just because they can.
2. Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau bought $77 million in diamonds for his daughter.When you're a property developer with assets worth $9 billion dollars, and you love your kids more than anything", reports Lily Huth, Senior Style Consultant with Opulent "then you can buy them anything." Just because he loves her so much, Joseph recently gave his 7-year-old daughter Josephine two presents that are more expensive than probably anything that anyone else could ever give her for the rest of her life:
- The largest, cushion-shaped, vivid-blue diamond that ever went to a Sotheby's auction, one was the 12.03-carat "Blue Moon" diamond ring that he renamed, "The Blue Moon of Josephine."
- Also extraordinarily rare, he bought her a 16.08-carat, vivid-pink diamond for $28.5 million from a Christie's auction, and he renamed it "Sweet Josephine."
I guess it comes as no surprise given that in 2009, he also bought two rare diamonds for his 13-year-old daughter Zoe that were worth more than $40 million dollars altogether, according to the Daily Mail Online.
3. Floyd Mayweather a.k.a. "Money" bought around $15 million dollars in diamonds, just for himself.Here's a performer who knows how to treat himself to the "finer things in life." He proved that diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend anymore when he picked up a 50-carat diamond pinky ring to go along with a 74-diamond necklace, and each diamond on the necklace is three carats. Rolling Stone shared the details about how these new gems enhance his already highly colorful lifestyle.
See them for yourself in his photo on Instagram.
How many millions went to buy jewelry to please wives or propose?
4. Victoria Beckham received at least $9.2 million in jewelry from her hubby.
David Beckham enjoys spoiling his wife with jewelry that's worthy of royalty. He's given her a ruby and diamond necklace worth $1.2 million, and that was just the beginning. Valentine's Day was even more spectacular with an $8 million dollar Bulgari brand diamond necklace, according to this report.
See how she looks like a queen in this photo: