Top 10 diamonds from 2014 to celebrate 100 000 visitors to our website

To celebrate our 100,000 visitor milestone we have picked our favourite diamonds from 2014, from record-breaking gems to red-carpet-worthy diamond jewels.

Graff's The Royal Star of Paris, named in honour of the Biennale des Antiquaires, stars the Graff Sunflower, a 107.46ct Fancy Yellow cushion-cut diamond, from which is suspended the the Graff Perfection, a 100ct D Flawless pear-shaped diamond drop.

With such a wealth of gorgeous sparklers to choose from, this was probably the category that saw the most variation between our individual picks. The final round-up included record-breaking diamonds like the Winston Blue as well as some of the most beautiful diamond jewellery that we have featured over the last year.

One of the most memorable diamonds of the year was the impressive 13.22 carat Winston Blue - the largest Flawless Vivid blue diamond of its kind in the world. It got its name after it was bought for a record-breaking $24 million at Christie's Geneva by - you guessed it - Harry Winston.

Another diamond that we will never tire of looking at is the so-called Taylor-Burton diamond, which we featured in a recent story about famous Cartier diamond. A birthday gift to Elizabeth Taylor from her husband Richard Burton, the actress asked Cartier to set the 69.42 carat diamond into the necklace that is pictured here, which she wore to the 1970 Academy Awards.

A real showstopper of a contemporary diamond jewel is the Royal Star of Paris, which signalled Graff's return to the Biennale des Antiquaries this September. With a 107.46 carat Fancy yellow diamond at its centre and a 100.00 carat pear-shaped pendant, it is believed to be the most valuable brooch ever created.

Not content with making headline news by choosing a pair of ethical Fairmined gold and diamond earring from Chopard's Green Carpet Collection to collect her Best Actress award at the Golden Globes, actress Cate Blanchett stole the show at the 2014 BAFTAS when she wore a saucer-sized pendant necklace featuring three diamond doves from Chopard's Animal World jewellery collection.

Another stunning piece is the Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée snow-set diamond cuff bracelet. It showcases the maison's extraordinary craftsmanship by using a technique that makes the jewel appear to have literally been covered in diamond snowflakes.

From snow to ice, and the spectacular Navajo baguette diamond drop earrings by Nam Cho really do look as if they are dripping with the most sparkling, perfectly formed icicles.

Designed to resemble laurel branches with the delicate leaves represented by marquise-cut diamonds, the Piaget Rose diamond earrings also feature a stud in the shape of an exquisitely detailed rose.

With a hypnotic swirling pattern emanating from a round bezel-set diamond, the Mini Tattoo earrings by London-based Jessica McCormack are inspired by the Maori tattoo from the designer's native New Zealand.

Pink diamonds are among the rarest in the world, and the soft powder colour of the 5.04carat pear-shaped stone in this Toi & Moi ring by Alexandre Reza really comes to the fore when juxtaposed with a bright green emerald.

Known as the "King of Diamonds", and for good reason, Harry Winston's jewels always feature the very finest gems. The recent Loop collection also incorporates the jewellery house's signature teardrop silhouette. 

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