We have seen expensive ornaments with precious stones and diamonds embellished with lingerie, shoes, and bags. Victoria’s Secret has been notorious for its selection of diamond-embellished lingerie and bras for so many years and perhaps the only brand that uses gemstones and diamonds as embellishments.
Designer Stuart Weitzman has the most number of pieces adorned with precious gems and diamonds. Seven of Weitzman’s shoe creations have made headlines because of their hefty price tags. A pair of Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos is worth $500,000.
The Retro Rose Pumps and the Marilyn Monroe inspired shoes are worth $1 million and the Platinum Guild at $1.06 million. Stuart Weitzman also created a 21st-century version of the “Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers” costing $1.6 million. And by far, his most expensive creations are worth $2 million a pair: the Tanzanite Stilettos and the Cinderella glass slippers.
Now, for the World’s most expensive pair at a whopping $3 million, from the Harry Winston jewelry company- the Ruby Slippers. The house of Harry Winston had created the replica of the “Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers” (a size-four pair of slippers) using about 50 carats of diamonds and more than 4000 pieces of red rubies.
10- House of Borgezie Stilettos: $216,000
A famous jeweller, House of Borgezie in Great Britain was founded by designer Christopher Michael Shellis. The designer took inspiration from a lily, to create his most expensive masterpiece.
These stilettos were made with high heels, embellished with pure gold and 2,200 diamond pieces. Each pair required more than a month of work and took three years to get the pair done, as every piece was carefully handcrafted. However, the stilettos do come with a 1,000-year guarantee and cost more than $200,000.
9- Diamond Dream Stilettos: $500,000
Renowned shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman is notable for his classy footwear made from expensive materials. Many Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet have flaunted some of his most expensive designs. These stilettos were diamond-studded, precisely 1,420 30-carat Kwiat diamonds.
This creation as Weitzman described them, “fit for a queen”. They are the most delicate, pieces to die for. Two circle bands encrusted with diamonds adorn the ankles, while the delicate toe strap is made of silver. The stilettos made their red carpet debut in 2007 Academy Awards, worn by Anika Noni Rose.
8- Original Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers: $612,000
These ruby slippers were featured on Wizard of Oz, worn by one of the lead roles “Dorothy” played by Judy Garland. There are only three pairs of ruby slippers left, which are exactly the same ones worn by Garland in the 1940′s classic movie. Each pair comes with a hefty price tag of more than $500 thousand dollars.
One pair was sold to an anonymous bidder by Christie’s auction house, for $612,000. The second pair failed to sell at $1 million and the third is exhibited for everyone to see at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History.
7- Retro Rose Pumps: $1 Million
Stuart Weitzman’s Retro Rose Pumps, come with a hefty price tag of $1 Million. The design was an inspiration from the 1940′s Hollywood’s T-strap. The pumps sparkle with 400 diamonds embellishing them, and the star of them all are the rose ornaments on the toes which are specifically made of 100-carats of 1,800 Kwiat diamonds.
Designer Weitzman chose Diablo Cody, a screenwriter for her movie “Juno”, to wear this million-dollar pair in the 2008 Oscar. Cody, who won the Oscar that night, refused to wear his creation, believed that it was a “cheesy publicity stunt.”
6- Marilyn Monroe Shoes: $1 Million
Another of Weitzmans’ many lavish designs include a “Marilyn Monroe Shoes”, which is worth $1 Million. These classy shoes are adorned with a cluster of shimmering Swarovski crystals surrounded by a satin rose. The Swarovski crystals are genuine pair of earrings once owned by Marilyn Monroe.
This iconic pair glamoured the feet of actress Regina King during the 2005 Oscars when she was nominated for her role in the movie “Ray.” After the red carpet event, Weitzman replaced Marilyn’s earrings with replicas and auctioned off the shoes for $1 million, the proceed was donated to charity.
5- Platinum Guild stilettos: $1.06 Million
Stuart Weitzman’s Platinum Guild stilettos shout glamour in every way at the price of $1.06 Million. The shoes were intricately designed with 464 pear shaped Kwiat diamonds. These sparkling ornaments are also portable and could be easily replaced based on your needs.
The ankle strap is actually inspired by a neckpiece, which can be removed and worn either as a necklace or as a bracelet. Laura Harring, the actress of Mulholland Drive, was one of the lucky few to have put on these million-dollar creations at the 2002 Oscars, of course, she was accompanied by three bodyguards for security.
4- Ruby Slippers: $1.6 Million
The legendary shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman had again created another million dollar pair. These slippers are made of precious materials and sparkling rubies. This is the 21st century version of the “Original Wizard Of Oz Ruby Slippers”. Socialites would definitely love these pieces to wear on a romantic date.
The slippers were encrusted with 123-carat of 642 rare Burmese platinum rubies. Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers were expected to make a red carpet debut in 2003, but they were shelved due to the war in the middle east and were later unveiled at Harrod’s in London. This red beauty is worth $1.6 million and was never worn at any event.
3- Tanzanite Stiletto: $2 Million
Stuart Weitzman’s $2 Million dollar Tanzanite Stilettos are made of precious purple-blue colored gem. This exquisite work of art was designed by Stuart Weitzman and Eddie Le Vian. These silver stilettos are encrusted with 595-carat Kwiat diamonds, 28-carat diamonds on the straps and 185-carat tanzanite stones. Weitzman’s stilettos boast sparkling blue tanzanite and glimmering diamonds all embellished the toe and ankle straps.
2- House of Harry Winston Ruby Slippers: $3 Million
This fairy tale inspired glass shippers are one of the most expensive shoes at the 2004 Academy Awards, worn by Alison Krauss. It’s no secret that Weitzman is fascinated by fairytales, thus the inspiration on many of his million-dollar work of arts. This Cinderella’s glass slippers inspired pieces are made from fine Italian leather, no less than 565 Kwiat platinum diamonds, and a rare 5-carat amaretto diamond which alone is estimated $1 million in worth.
These 4-inch stilettos are almost transparent when worn completely leaves only the glittering diamonds in the limelight, truly one of a kind pieces.
1- Ruby Slippers: $3 Million
Harry Winstons’s Ruby Slippers are actually the replica of the little red shoes from The Wizard of Oz, with only a slight touch of difference, or maybe a huge difference, when it comes to the gemstones encrusted in them. In this case, we are looking at a total of 4,600 sparkling red rubies summing up to 1,350 carats, and sparkling diamonds worth of 50 carats.
These Ruby Slippers debuted during the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz in 1989 by the House of Harry Winston. The most expensive shoes in the world took two whole months to finish, and are yours for the taking at a price tag of $3 million.