Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels | 11 May 2021

It’s that time of year again! The major European Auction Houses are having their annual spring Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and we are featuring splendid Royal and Noble Jewels on Auction at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva next week!

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels | 11 May 2021

Sapphire and Diamond Pendant | Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Estimate: 12,000 – 17,000 CHF | 113,000 – 200,000 CHF | Results: 22,500 CHF | 400,000 CHF

From a European Princely Collection

The sapphire and diamond pendant and sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1915, comes from a European Princely Collection and originates from Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, thence passed by descent to the present owner.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Necklace

Estimate: 85,000 – 110,000 CHF | Results: 106,250 CHF

Property of a Noble Family

A Fancy Yellow diamond necklace, set with a fancy yellow cushion-shaped diamond weighing 11.21 carats, highlighted with rose diamonds, is the property of a Noble Family.

Important Diamond Brooch

Estimate: 141,000 – 230,000 CHF | Results: 325,000 CHF

Formerly in the collection of the Grand-Ducal House of Habsburg-Tuscany

An important diamond brooch, designed as a double-headed eagle holding a sword and a globe, the breast decorated with a coat of arms, surmounted by an imperial crown, was formerly in the collection of the Grand-Ducal House of Habsburg-Tuscany, originating from Archduke Leopold-Salvator of Austria-Tuscany, and then to his son, Archduke Anton, who was married to Princess Ileana of Romania, henceforth remaining with the family.

Moussaieff Emerald and Diamond Demi-ParureJahan Sapphire and Diamond Parure | Bulgari Sapphire and Diamond Ring | Ruby and Diamond Bracelet 

Estimate: 1,410,000 – 2,350,000 CHF | 330,000 – 420,000 CHF | 330,000 – 420,000 CHF | 235,000 – 330,000 CHF | 141,000 – 230,000 CHF | Results:  2,660,000 CHF | 524,000 CHF | 412,500 CHF

Property from a Royal Family

The splendid Moussaieff Emerald and Diamond Demi-Parure, Jahan Sapphire and Diamond Parure, Bulgari Sapphire and Diamond Ring, and Ruby and Diamond Bracelet are jewels of great value from an unknown Royal Family, likely in the Middle East.

Chaumet Ruby and Diamond Brooch

Estimate: 470,000 – 750,000 CHF | Results: 560,000 CHF

Property of a European Noble Family

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This striking Chaumet Ruby and Diamond Brooch, of buckle design set with circular-cut and rose diamonds, the central articulated panel with a pierced undulating pattern, highlighted by a row of cushion-shaped rubies, with a similarly-cut ruby and briolette diamond fringe, is the property of a European Noble Family, being worn by Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon.

Harry Winston Emerald and Diamond Ear Clips  | Harry Winston Sapphire and Diamond Necklace | Harry Winston Diamond Ring | Harry Winston Emerald and Diamond Brooch/Pendant | Harry Winston Diamond Necklace | Harry Winston Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

Estimate: 282,000 – 470,000 CHF  | 1,130,000 – 1,700,000 CHF | 2,255,000 – 3,300,000 CHF | 2,350,000 – 3,300,000 CHF | 1,410,000 – 2,350,000 CHF | 1,410,000 – 2,350,000 CHF

Property of an Important Noble Collection

One of the highlights of the sale is an extensive collection of magnificent Harry Winston Jewels of extraordinary value, which are the property of an Important Noble Collection, and will likely sell for much higher than the estimates.

Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

Estimate: 1,880,000 – 2,800,000 CHF | Results: 3,500,000 CHF

Formerly in the Collection of Maureen Constance Guinness, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava

This important sapphire and diamond brooch comes from collection of Maureen Guinness, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, and includes two large Kashmir sapphires given to the 1st Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, and recorded in her inventory: ‘Two large sapphires set with diamonds as pendant – given me by people of Punjab (sic) & sent after my return’. The Sapphires were left to her granddaughter-in-law, Maureen Guinness, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava who had them mounted in the brooch by Cartier in the 1930s. The Dufferin Tiara is on permanent display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Musy Natural Pearl and Diamond Tiara/Necklace

Estimate: 940,000 – 1,400,000 CHF | Results: 1,460,000 CHF

Property of the Italian Royal Family / Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy

The highlight of the Auction is this spectacular Musy Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace Tiara, which was made for Princess Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo della Cisterna, Duchess of Aosta and one time Queen of Spain. Inherited by one of her three sons, the Necklace/Tiara was bought by their cousin King Umberto II of Italy, and often worn as a necklace by his daughter, Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, who is selling it now. Learn More.



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