Dh202-million diamond necklace gets Dubai showcase


The 637 carat Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace, which has just been certified by the Guinness World Records as the most valuable necklace in the world, will be showcased at the Mouawad boutique at The Dubai Mall,the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, from Friday, March 22, till Saturday, April 6.
This diamond necklace embraces the Incomparable Diamond; the world’s largest internally flawless diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) weighing 407.48 carats.
“This is the fourth time that Mouawad has received a certificate from the authority of Guinness World Records and it’s another of those remarkable moments in history for our family”, said Pascal Mouawad, Guardian of the Mouawad Retail Division, after the record was announced by the Guinness World Records just days ago.
The Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace features the modified shield step-cut deep yellow diamond suspended beneath 229.52 carats of cascading, strikingly white diamonds that are sublimely interlaced in 18K rose gold branchlets. It made its global debut at the Doha Jewellery and Watch Exhibition in February and is stopping off in Dubai as part of a GCC tour of Mouawad boutiques. The necklace, created using a total of 91 diamonds, was entirely designed and crafted by Mouawad’s skilled artisans and is a resounding testament to their profound creativity and virtuosity with this latest bespoke offering — valued at $55 million (Dh202 million).
In its rough state weighing 890 carats, the Incomparable Diamond made a long serendipitous journey before reaching Mouawad. It was in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of Congo that a little girl found the diamond in a rubble pile of kimberlite that was sorted out because it was considered to be too bulky to possess any diamonds. The diamond eventually made its way into the hands of renowned diamond expert Marvin Samuels who spent four years supervising the cutting the stone into its present flawless form. It was then put on display at several museums with the first one being the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
“Through creativity, patience and verve, the artisans at Mouawad have crafted an impressive and sublime diamond necklace– giving the famous diamond a permanent throne”, commented Fred Mouawad, Guardian of the Mouawad Diamond Division, on the occasion of its global unveil. “Befitting of a royal court, L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace leaves nothing to be desired except to grace the neck of a Queen or a very special woman that absolutely deserves nothing less.”
The Mouawad L’ Incomparable Diamond Necklace Guinness World Record follows the records achieved by the US$3.8 million Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – the most valuable handbag in the world – in 2010; the US$11 million Very Sexy Fantasy Bra – the most luxurious and expensive piece of lingerie ever made – in 2003; and by the Mouawad Splendor – at the time, the most expensive single pear-shaped diamond – in 1990.
Mouawad has been crafting jewellery and watches for over a century and is a global authority in the world of diamonds. The Mouawad family has purchased a number of the world's greatest diamonds and has a collection of diamonds that is arguably one of the world's finest in private hands.
The Mouawad Boutique is located in Dubai Mall.

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