Renowned French artist and master of jewelry, Bernard Maquin created the Royal Diamond Chess which is the most expensive chess set, and was created in 2005 bringing the game of chess to a whole new level. Noted for its ability to combine fine art, jewelry, and the classic game of chess, this is one of the most expensive chess sets in the world. This is a piece made for Charles Hollander Collection.
Thirty craftsmen, under the direction of Maquin spent over 4500 hours creating the expensive chess set. The work was done all by hand and when it was completed, the artists used 1168.75 grams of 14 karat white gold, and approximately 9900 black and white diamonds, bringing the total weight to 186.09 karats and the total cost to $500,000.
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This posh chess set is part of the Charles Hollander Collection, one of the most respected names in the diamond industry. And you just know you are looking at a piece from the Hollander collection when you see a game doubling as a diamond studded work of art.
But if you thought the Hollander set would make your chess game bling-bling, then you haven’t seen the most expensive chess set in the world yet. This label goes to the Jewel Royale Chess Set from Britain. Boodles, a British custom jewelry company commissioned its production.
Valued at over £5 million ($9.8m USD), this single chess set is the most expensive and exquisite game set of any kind in the world.
Constructed of gold and platinum, it contains diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls and sapphires. The king piece alone weighs 165.2 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and has a spiraling mid-section graced by 73 rubies and 146 diamonds. It is definitely pricey and worth it.
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