Jewels of the Countess of Romanones

Today marks the Anniversary of the death of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, who passed away on this day in 2017, at the age of 94. The American-born Spanish Countess had served as a spy during WWII and later for the CIA, and was a glamorous socialite who was friends with the Duchess of Windsor (who she once involved in a plot), Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy among others. A member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962, the late Countess had a large collection of magnificent jewels, a couple of which she auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva in 2011. Continue reading

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Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

The major European Auction Houses are having their annual autumn Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and the uncontested highlight is the ‘Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family’ Sale at Sotheby’s in Geneva on November 14th, featuring one of the largest and historic royal collections to be auctioned in recent years. While the owner has not been specified, it is thought that these jewels are being sold by the heirs of Infanta Alicia, Duchess of Calabria, who passed away last year. Unfortunately, this is not the first sale of Bourbon Parma jewels, as they have been selling off their pieces for decades. Continue reading