These featured two heart and pear-shaped diamonds, each weighing 25 carats and boasting the highest “D” colour grade with Flawless clarity. They are set with smaller pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds in Fairmined gold. These exceptional principal gems are from a 342-carat rough diamond entitled the “Queen of Kalahari”, discovered in Botswana’s Karowe Mine two years ago and acquired by Chopard shortly afterwards.
Ateliers at the jewellery house immediately set to work producing the most precious collection ever created by the brand. Overseen by Caroline Scheufele, Chopard’s artistic director and co-president, a total of 23 diamonds were cut from the Queen. These comprise “The Garden of Kalahari”, of which five diamonds weigh over 20 carats each – including those in the earrings worn by Theron on Sunday night.
These five diamonds represent each of the main gemstone cuts – cushion, brilliant, heart, emerald and pear. “Faced with this rough diamond, we had a number of potential options. I wanted to explore every possibility and to represent all diamond cuts,” Scheufele explains.
In addition to her business and creative roles at Chopard, Scheufele is a strong advocate for Fairmined gold. Her vision is to produce all the Maison’s high jewellery pieces in such gold and is receiving a host of celebrity endorsements across such red carpet events.