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The Story


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 color and absolute purity, that has given rise to a set of 23 diamonds. Watch the video.
Image of gemologist holding the Queen of kalahari diamond
Image of Diamond quarry in desert landscape

Discovery of a treasure

342 carats, a number that speaks for itself of the extreme rarety of a diamond of such absolute purity and perfect color. The Queen of Kalahari combines D color, the best, with F grade flawless clarity. Placed into the hands of the Chopard atelier artisans and their unrivaled know-how, this 342-carat diamond has found its ultimate expression and most beautiful rendition as an extraordinary set of 23 diamonds, the Garden of Kalahari. Of these 23 diamonds, 5 are over 20ct and each of the main cut stone shapes are represented: cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear.
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 5 jewels born from the Garden of Kalahari

Around these five stones, Caroline has built a daring and dancing network of poetic and metaphorical symbols. Under her supervision, the radiant 50-carat brilliant cut gem becomes a sunflower, the 26-carat heart a delicate pansy and the 25-carat pear a majestic banana tree flower. As for the perfect 20-carat cushion cut stone, it goes one-on-one with a scintilating poppy, whereas the 21-carat emerald cut diamond languishes next to the water lily. Shapes and colors interlace and mix in a marvellous scenery, in an extraordinary garden where poetry, light and sparkle are the only rules of the game. This extraordinary collection of five jewels was imagined around these incredible stones. They testify to the wealth of creativity and unrivaled know-how of the Chopard atelier craftsmen.
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 to the genius that was essential to its development under the aegis of Caroline Scheufele. “The ateliers really outshone themselves in working on this exceptional project, and the synergies among the different crafts were further strengthened by the process”.
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