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Valentine's Day 2014: World's Most Expensive Jewelry

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Valentine's Day is one of the most celebrated days of the year for the fine jewelry industry, especially diamond retailers. Economists project the total diamonds sold across the nation to be $17.3 billion dollars in total throughout the romantic gift-giving holiday.

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Diamonds exude radiance and timeless elegance, and have been sought after for centuries. In celebration of the romantic holiday, we've compiled a fun list of some of the most expensive jewelry pieces in the world. Many of these pieces have rich histories, some of which can trace their lineage as far back as the 18th century. Several of the diamonds have their own place in film, literature, and popular culture.

View our list of the "Top Eight of the World's Most Expensive Jewelry" to see the rarest and most beautiful diamonds.

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