The costliest & most revered of gems, diamonds have an almost mystic quality about them. This book peers into the vaults of Christie's, one of the world's major auction houses, to present some of the finest, & most valuable jewelry ever to have been auctioned. It includes pieces from such famous jewelry houses & designers as Cartier, Van Cleef, Harry Winston, Pierre Sterle, Bulgari, Boucheron, & Chaumet -- jewelry that has been worn by royalty, celebrities, & socialites around the world. Includes: the designer, how the piece was made, & who it belonged to, as well as quoting the estimate given by Christie's. Superbly illustrated.