[IN PICTURES] Jewelry pieces owned by world's most famous royal families and their unique stories

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Royal families are known for their opulent choices. Everything they invest in speaks of their refined taste, especially jewelry items. However, with precious jewels, the story does not end with beauty. Each exotic jewelry piece owned by the world’s most famous royal families unravels a story of its own.

Here are some of those rare pieces along with their untold stories:

The Dresden Green

The world’s largest natural green diamond that weighs 41 carats. Friedrich Augustus I of Saxony first purchased the diamond. Thus, it dates back to the early 18th century. Now, the gorgeous jewelry item rests at the Dresden Castle in Germany.

The Diamond Serpech of Maharaja Duleep Singh

The three plumes of the serpech are made of rare diamonds, and a shiny emerald holds its place beautifully at the center. Lahore’s Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh empire, owned this beautiful accessory. However, the present whereabouts of the serpech are unknown.

 

The La Peregrina Pearl

Discovered off the coast of Panama in the 16th century, the 58.5 carat La Peregrina Pearl is one of the world’s most expensive pearls. Someone gifted it to King Phillip II of Spain, who later gave it to Queen Mary of England as a wedding gift.

Princess Diana’s Sapphire Ring

Princess Diana originally owned one of the world’s most coveted engagement rings, the 18-carat Ceylon sapphire ring surrounded by 14 diamonds. The dream engagement ring now sits on Catherine Middleton’s finger.

The Hope Diamond

King Louis XIV of France was the diamond’s first owner in 1668. The Hope Diamond is rumored to have been stolen from an idol of goddess Sita in India. It is regarded as the most cursed diamond as whoever stole it and whoever was associated with the stealing met with bad luck. Now, the 45.52-carat royal blue diamond resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Koh-I-Noor Diamond

The diamond had initially been 793 carats; however, after being passed down so many royal hands, it now rests at 109 carats. After Britain conquered Punjab, they took the Koh-i-Noor diamond and presented it to Queen Victoria. Since then, the diamond has been part of the British royal family.

It currently houses in the Tower of London, sitting atop the coronation crown (1937) of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Queen Eugenie’s Tiara

Featuring emeralds from Kashmir mines, the tiara belonged to Queen Eugenie, the wife of Fresh Emperor Napoleon III. The tiara was recently sold for a record of 11.28 million Swiss francs to an anonymous buyer by Sotheby’s.

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