Chopard Unveils the Garden of Kalahari
In 2015, Co-President of Chopard Caroline Scheufele got word of an extraordinary rough freshly unearthed at the Karowe mine in Botswana and hopped on a plane to see it herself.
Weighing in at an impressive 342 carats, the now named Queen of Kalahari diamond was found at the same mine that has produced the 813 carat Constellation diamond (which was purchased by de Grisogono for $63 million in 2016) and the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona. Scheufele knew immediately she had to have it.
Certified as a D color, Type IIA diamond, the rough was carefully cut in Antwerp to produce 23 stones - five of which weigh more than 20 carats. The central gems are five different classical cuts: pear (25ct), round (50ct), cushion (20ct), heart (26ct) and emerald (21ct). Scheufele felt that these resulting stones were akin to flowers and created the Garden of Kalahari collection around them, setting the stones in a lace-like design made of 18k Fairmined gold.
Unveiled during the Spring 2017 Couture Week in Paris, the collection is made to have maximum versatility for the wearer. The centrepiece necklace can be worn with or without the three detachable pendants, two of which can be attached to the matching earrings as drops. Two rings, a cuff bracelet and a secret watch round out the collection.
A film was created about the discovery and transformation of the remarkable stone, and you can watch the trailer below: