The tale of Chopard’s Queen of Kalahari diamond and how she rose from the desert

The Queen was unearthed from the Karowe mines of Botswana Africa and gave rise to a set of 23 diamonds, five of which weigh more than 20 karats.

Diamonds can be likened to princesses in fairytales – pure, untouched and boasting beauty beyond comparison. Like princesses, they’re often just waiting to be discovered through a series of unprecedented circumstance, as in the case of Chopard’s The Queen of Kalahari diamond.

Hers is a tale of extraordinary perseverance and chance, an extraordinary stone that’s as delicate and beautiful as a flower blooming from an arid yet fertile desert. As contradictory as her circumstance is, she is as stunningly beautiful, pure and radiant, an exceptional 342 karats of perfect colour and absolute purity.

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The Queen, like De Grisogono’s 813-karat The Constellation diamond, was unearthed from the Karowe mines of Botswana Africa. Upon procurment by Chopard, she would give rise to a set of 23 diamonds, five of which weigh more than 20 karats. These exceptional 5 are then cut into the 5 main stone cuts – cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear.

From them, Chopard co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele created 6 exceptional pieces that would come to be called the Garden of Kalahari.

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Poetic and metaphorical, the collection is the result of a full year’s work: we’re talking thousands of hours lavished on this endeavour by the eyes, heart and hands of the Chopard jewellery artisans and gemsetters. The Garden of Kalahari collection is entirely built around the idea of a jewellery lacework like diamond guipure lace with a luminous cut-out motif.

Watch the video below to see immerse yourself in the tale of this exceptional stone and how she rose from the dust to become one of the most beautiful high jewellery collection in the world:

Source: Chopard

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