Sotheby’s is auctioning a variety of illustrious jewels in their Fine Jewels and Magnificent Jewels Sales in New York City on December 9 and 10, which come from a family collection inherited from Mrs John C. Wilson, née Princess Natalie Paley, the daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia (and a half-sister of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich) who became a fashion model and socialite after emigrating to France and later the United States following the Russian Revolution.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Princess Alice of Greece, the fascinating mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was born a Battenberg Princess before marrying Prince Andrew of Greece. To mark the Anniversary, we are featuring her last surviving jewel, the Meander Tiara now belonging to Princess Anne, which is one of my own personal favourite designs.
Happy 20th Anniversary to King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who got married in Brussels on this day in 1999. With one of the smallest jewellery collections among her European counterparts, Queen Mathilde frequently repeats just a few limited pieces, including these Pearl and Diamond Earrings, one of the first pieces in her jewelry box, which we are featuring today-