It’s that time of year again! The major European Auction Houses are having their annual Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and we will be featuring many of them over the next few weeks, starting with the highlights from Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva on the 13th of November.
Estimate: CHF 240,000 – CHF 340,000
From the Collection of the Comtesse de Béarn
An important natural pearl and diamond necklace comes from the collection of Martine de Béhague, the Comtesse de Béarn (1869 – 1939), who is said to have personally acquired natural pearls throughout her life, one by one, to form the necklace. It later went to Hubert de Ganay, Marquis de Ganay (1888-1974) before entering a Private Collection, that is auctioning the piece now.
From the Collection of the Counts of LaCambra
Lots 229 to 243 of the sale are the property of Maria Luisa de LaCambra, daughter of the Count of LaCambra, and include a diamond necklace, ruby necklace, sapphire brooch and earrings, an emerald necklace, earrings, and brooch, and a diamond brooch.
Estimate: CHF 350,000 – CHF 500,000
Formerly in the Collection of the Princely Von Fürstenberg Family
Created by Cartier between 1912 and 1915, this rare steel and diamond tiara was designed by Cartier, and was retailed by Koch, where it was purchased in Baden Baden in 1921 by the heir of the Von Fürstenberg Family on the occasion of his marriage to Countess Franziska Nostitz-Rieneck. It stayed in the family until it was first auctioned in 2015, and is now being auctioned by a private owner.