The Queen of Kalahari
It’s the story of an extraordinary gem born in an arid land. 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.
It was at the heart of the deposit mined in Karowe, Botswana, that this exceptional stone was found. Born of the volcanic rock known as kimberlite, formed at high temperatures and pressures across endless ages, this diamond enshrines a sense of permanence and the strength of the ties that bind human beings to the earth.
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. The centrepiece of this collection throbs gently near the heart of its wearer. The Garden of Kalahari necklace testifies to the ingenuity and the playful spirit governing Chopard design. This model is playfully interpreted in four variations, the first of which is a gorgeous and supremely modern choker to be worn alone.
As a pioneer of sustainable development in jewellery, Scheufele actively encouraged the Karowe mine to join the growing number of Chopard’s suppliers - covering gold, coloured gemstones and diamonds - to engage with Eco-Age’s independent Green Carpet Challenge validation criteria, which mirrors best international practices in environmental and social justice.