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The Queen of Kalahari Diamond

The Story

The Queen of Kalahari Diamond

The Story

Close-up Image of Artisan holding Queen of Kalahari necklace
Close-up Image of Artisan holding Queen of Kalahari necklace
Image of controlled explosion at Diamond quarry in desert landscape

An absolute stone

It’s the story of an extraordinary flower that ‘bloomed’ in the desert, a gem born in an arid yet fertile land. It’s the story of a stunningly beautiful, pure and radiant stone whose beating heart proclaims the wonderment of natural treasures. It’s the story of an absolute stone, The Queen of Kalahari diamond, an exceptional 342-carat stone of perfect colour and absolute purity, has given rise to a set of 23 diamonds. Watch the video.
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Image of Diamond quarry in desert landscape

Discovery of a treasure

342-carats: an eloquent figure testifying to an extremely rare size for a diamond of such absolute purity and perfect color. Each of these gems is of absolute color and purity. Among these 23 diamonds, five weigh more than 20 carats and each of the main stone cuts – cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear – is represented. Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, when our Ateliers received the diamond cut to create the set.
Image of queen of kalahari diamond next to 5 cut stones side by side on black carbon
Image of heart cut diamond born of the Queen of kalahari Diamond surrounded by orchids

The 6 jewels born from the Garden of Kalahari

Around these five stones, Caroline has built a daring and dancing network of poetic and metaphorical symbols. The collection alone represents almost a full year’s work: thousands of hours lavished on this endeavor by the eyes, heart and hands of the Chopard jewelry artisans and gemsetters. The Garden of Kalahari collection is built entirely around the idea of a jewelry lacework like diamond guipure lace with a luminous cut-out motif.
Image on the queen of Kalahari necklace on black background
Close-up image of section of the necklace made from the Queen of the Kalahari diamond

Creative Audacity

As Caroline Scheufele explains, “This is a truly exceptional stone, but we did not wish to treat it as a mere trophy, but instead to prepare it for a destiny worthy of its stature.” The Garden of Kalahari testifies to the virtuosity of the artisans involved in its conception, as well as in the genius that was essential to its development under the aegis of Caroline Scheufele.
photo of sketch of the queen of the kalahari necklace with actual diamonds set over corresponding images
Image of Co-president Caroline Scheufele next to the full jewelry suite made from the queen of kalahari diamond