World’s Most Expensive Chess Set : The Pearl Royale

The Pearl Royale is one of the world’s most luxurious chess set ever created, crafted in solid 18k white gold and pave’ set with over 510 carats of fine diamonds, royal blue sapphires and South Sea Pearls, the Pearl Royale Chess Set is valued at a jaw dropping $4 million.

Designed and created by Australian jewellery maker Colin Burn, this world’s most expensive chess set is unique, lavish and radiates pure opulence through the finest quality materials, design and workmanship. Handcrafted with a regal look and feel the Pearl Royale is symbolic in its design to the renown 1849 Staunton standard chess set.  “The Pearl Royale’s decadence is symbolic of how I value the game itself. I love how chess brings people together from all societies, cultures, and backgrounds. Win lose or draw, we shake hands to show our respect.” – Colin Burn

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Pearl Royale is a limited edition with only three sets ever being created, each hallmarked, numbered and authenticated by Colin Burn himself. Crafted as part of the Limited-Edition Pearl Royale contemporary art series, this exquisite chess set is one of the world’s finest jewellery art works ever created.

Each of the 32 chess pieces are crafted out of solid 18k white gold chess piece is painstakingly pave’ set with the highest quality fine diamonds, AAA South Sea pearls and AAA Ceylon Blue sapphires, sitting atop a crystal glass board embellished with solid 18k white gold, South Sea pearl and fine diamond set corners.

The underside of each piece is intricately designed and channel set with the same quality fine diamonds and finished with smooth polished edges to glide effortlessly across the crystal glass board. The Pearl Royale Chess Set features the world’s finest gems, all ethically sourced and certified from the world’s leading diamond, gem and South Sea pearl suppliers.

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“As a child, I often played chess on a beautiful Staunton set my parents gave to me. Thinking back to those fun times inspired me to design and create the Pearl Royale. Living in the pearling town of Broome and watching my son professionally dive for South Sea pearls, gave me the idea to embody the heads of each piece with these lustrous gems and bring life to the characters. At that moment, it became my dream to create the world’s finest chess set and have the world’s Grand Masters compete on it” – Colin Burn

Grand Master Fabiano Caruana made history by being the first player to play on the Pearl Royale. Grand Master Robert Hess and International Master Danny Rensch joined Caruana. This one of a kind masterpiece and most expensive chess set in the world was exhibited once in 2019 at an art gallery in Beverly Hills, California. The Pearl Royal chess set comes with diamond and gem certification and is also listed as a limited edition art work.



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Photos: Courtesy of Colin Burn