Meet Chopard’s Most Precious Jewellery Set

Watches & Jewellery

January 25, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler

A 342-carat diamond called the Queen of Kalahari provides the stones for the most precious jewellery set ever produced by Chopard

A brief history

The discovery of The Queen of Kalahari, this exceptional 342-carat stone of perfect colour and absolute purity, has given rise to a set of 23 diamonds – The Garden of Kalahari – of which five weigh over 20 carats.


Because art and cinema are inseparably bound up with Chopard’s history and identity, each stage in this extraordinary adventure was filmed by Alexis Veller, which will be presented as a 55-minute docu-fiction film.

Discovery of a treasure

“I immediately sensed that this was an incredibly rare gem of exceptional beauty and purity”, says Caroline Scheufele, creative soul of the Maison Chopard, when recalling her first encounter with the diamond she named The Queen of Kalahari. It was at the heart of the deposit mine in Karowe, Botswana, that this exceptional stone was found.

342 carats

An eloquent figure testifying to an extremely rare size for a diamond of such absolute purity and perfect colour. The Queen of Kalahari combines D colour – the most beautiful – with grade F (Flawless) clarity. “The energy and emotional charge emanating from this gem are truly incomparable”, enthuses Caroline Scheufele, who immediately travelled to the open-air Karowe mine to admire this diamond discovered a year ago. It was love at first sight.

The Garden of Kalahari

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.”

Entrusted to – and thus combined with – the peerless expertise of the Chopard ateliers, this 342-carat diamond has found its most eloquent expression – and its finest vocation – in an extraordinary ensemble of 23 diamonds: The Garden of Kalahari. Each of these gems, like the diamond from which they originate, is of absolute colour and purity.

The Collection

This model is playfully interpreted in four variations, the first of which is a gorgeous and supremely modern choker to be worn alone.

An entirely invisible mechanism means it can be detached in the centre...

and adorned with an exquisite flower to form a more sophisticated version.

And for festive evenings, this flower itself serves to attach three majestically beautiful pendants, since they are adorned with the three biggest diamonds in The Garden of Kalahari: the 50-carat brilliant-cut, 26-carat heart-shaped, and and 25-carat pear-shaped gems. 

Each of these precious ‘attachments’ can be worn alone or together, culminating in the perfect necklace with all three at once. 

And because Chopard loves to combine beauty with fanciful touches, two of these pendants – the heart shaped and pear-shaped diamonds – can be worn attached to the earrings, thus creating a spectacular set matching the necklace, adorned (or not) with the flower and the brilliant-cut diamond. The earrings can also be worn without the heart- and pear-shaped diamonds, for a more discreet version.

The Garden of Kalahari collection is entirely built around the idea of a jewellery lacework, like diamond guipure lace with a luminous cut-out motif.

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