A record-breaking ring holding 7,777 diamonds on an 18k gold base has been valued at $4.9 million.
Lakshikaa Jewels from Mumbai, India, created the eye-catching ring over 18 months which is now the record holder for most diamonds set in one ring.
A team of twelve crafters and one experienced jeweller and designer worked on the project to recreate the Lotus Temple in Delhi on a piece of jewellery.
Heading the project was Lakshikaa Jewels’ founder, Naveen 'Prince' Bhandari (India), who explained why the temple was chosen as the basis for the design.
"I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to celebrate human ingenuity and spirituality than this temple,” adding that the lotus, known as padma in Sanskrit, it a sacred symbol in several religions, adding to the sense of unity behind the design.
Asked why they decided to attempt the record, Prince explained: "Guinness World Records means international recognition. As a jewellery house, Lakshikaa Jewels aims to make an international name for itself.
"The record title is an acknowledgement of our craftsmanship, design and capabilities. It's truly an honour to have received this title.
"We hope our feat inspires other jewellery designers to create newer records and establish greater achievements."
"India has a long and rich history of jewellery-making. Our Maharajas and Maharanis would hire the best artists of their time to create jewellery worthy of their stature. Since then, Indians have inherited a fondness for jewellery and an eye for craftsmanship, which is unparalleled in the world."
As part of the verification process, Lakshikaa Jewels ensured that all diamonds used were conflict free. This is always done for any of diamond-related records.