This is the enchanting story of how one rare 342-carat diamond gave rise to the most precious jewellery set ever created by Chopard
Chopard: the dazzling Geneva-based jewellery maison, adored by
A-listers. The brand not only occupies a seat at the industry’s top table,
but is applauded for its awareness of ethics within the industry. Striving
for more accountability and transparency in mining, it’s the brand that
studies the conscience of the market as much as it fashions its beautiful
pieces. It’s little wonder Hollywood stars and serious jewellery collectors alike line up to be associated with Chopard. Running the show at Chopard is Caroline Scheufele, co-president and creative director. Caroline has strong ethics, vast experience and – not surprisingly – a passion for fi ne jewellery. Having already
led the jewellery house to great heights, she was thrilled to take things to a new level with the discovery of an incredible 342-carat diamond.
Size, clarity and perfect colour – this diamond has it all, and is, quite literally, fi t for a queen. Unearthed a year ago at the Botswanan mine Karowe, the stone was an astonishing find, and Caroline travelled out immediately to examine it. “I straight away sensed this was an incredibly rare gem of exceptional beauty and purity,” says Caroline.
The Garden of Kalahari watch
Caroline Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, examines The Garden of Kalahari collection
Charlize Theron wears the collection’s spectacular earrings at the 2017 Oscars
Caroline and Victoria Beckham pose for pictures on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. Victoria wore white- gold Chopard bracelets set with diamonds and a matching ring
“The energy and emotional charge emanating from this stone is incomparable.” Boasting a combination of D colour – the most beautiful – with grade F (flawless) clarity, along with a mighty 342-carat weight – this type of diamond is extremely rare. Caroline named it The Queen of Kalahari. What does one do with such a huge and brilliant diamond? “This is an exceptional stone, but we did not wish to treat it as a mere trophy,” says Caroline. “Instead, we intended to prepare it for a destiny worth its stature.” And so, as the Queen’s crafting began, Chopard enlisted its most talented artisans to fashion the gem.