It’s that time of year again! The major European Auction Houses are having their annual Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and we are featuring the Royal and Noble highlights from the Christies’ Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva today!
A Köchert Diamond Necklace/Tiara, from the 1890s, which includes additional fittings for wear as brooches, hair pins, bandeau or tiara.
Estimate: 60,000 – 80,000 CHF
A Emerald and Diamond Brooch, featuring rectangular-cut emeralds and old-cut diamonds from the early 1900s, which is the property of a Noble Family.
Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 CHF
An Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Sanz from the 1960s, which is the property of Maria Luisa de LaCambra, daughter of the Count of LaCambra, and was part of a collection auctioned at Christie’s in November.
Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 CHF
A pair of Art Deco Diamond Ear Pendents from the 1920s, signed Cartier London, come from the collection of the Hon. Dame Miriam Rothschild, D.Sc., DBE, FRS, the renowned biologit and philanthropist, and has passed by descent to the current owner.
Estimate: 40,000 – 60,000 CHF| 150,000 — 200,000 CHF| 3,000,000 – 2,000,000 CHF
An Emerald and Diamond Ring, a Diamond Necklace, and a Ruby and Diamond Ring are being sold as the property of a Princess.
An Antique Diamond Fringe Necklace, featuring old-cut diamonds, with am additional clasp fitting, dates from the 18th/19th century.
Estimate: 1,500,000 – 2,500,000 CHF
A historic, early 19th century Emerald and Diamond Necklace, which originates from the collection of Prince Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale, who gave it, along with a Tiara, to his goddaughter, Princess Hélène d’Orléans when she married the Duke of Aosta, and sold at some point in the 1930s to Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who loaned the piece to her friend, Lady Churchill for the 1953 Nobel Prize Ceremony, when she received the Prize on behalf of Sir Winston. The Necklace, and Tiara, were auctioned in 1990, after Lady Cholmondeley’s death, and was again auctioned at Christie’s in 2015.
Estimate: 800,000 – 1,200,000 CHF
The Ana María Emerald, Pearl, and Diamond Brooch-Watch features a 30.24 carat baroque drop-shaped natural pearl, and was given to Ana María de Sevilla y Villanueva, XIV Marchioness of Camarasa upon her marriage tof Jacobo Gayoso de los Cobos y Tellez-Girón, and passed on to Francisca de Borja Gayoso de los Cobos, XV Marchioness of Camarasa then Maria Josefa Fernández de Henestrosa y Gayoso de los Cobos, XIII Marchioness of Cilleruelo and thence by descent to the present owner.
Estimate: 600,000 – 800,000 CHF
A Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace, featuring a cushion-shaped sapphire, detachable to wear as two bracelets and a pendant, circa 1890s, comes from a Lady of Title.
Estimate: 45,000 – 65,000 CHF| 7,000 — 9,000 CHF
From the collection of Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
A Pearl, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace a Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch come from the collection of Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, born Princess Alexandra of Hanover, who was sister-in-law of Queen Alexandrine of Denmark and Crown Princess Cecilie of Germany (whose Faberge Tiara was auctioned yesterday), and the consort of the last ruling Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Estimate: 230,000 – 340,000 CHF
A very rare and important Fabergé Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara from the collection of Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, circa 1904, a wedding gift from a wedding gift from Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin to his bride. The Tiara was first worn for a Court Ball, and later at events in Sweden and Denmark, before being worn by her daughter, Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and passed by descent to the present owner.
Estimate: 2,300,000 – 3,500,000 CHF
An important Emerald and Diamond Pendant Necklace features a large, pear-shaped emerald of 75.61 carats that originates from Empress Catherine the Great of Russia and passed through the Russian Tsars until being given by Tsar Alexander II of Russia to his daughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, The Grand Duchess Vladimir in 1874, whose jewels were smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution, and the emeralds left to her son, Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich, who sold the great necklace to Cartier, recut, and passed to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Raphael Esmerian before being sold by a distinguished private collector today. Interestingly, the provenance of the emerald was only discovered after the original catalogue had been printed, and was later updated.