Queen Marie-Jose’s Bow Brooch

An early and illustrious contender for this years Royal Jewels at Auction, this Diamond Bow Brooch is going be be auctioned at the Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” sale on April 26th in New York. It belonged to Queen Marie-Jose, the last Queen of Italy. Continue reading


Upcoming Royal Auctions: Sotheby’s Fine Jewels- 13 December 2016

Ahead of the upcoming  Sotheby’s Fine Jewels sale on London on December 13, we take a look at jewels with Royal provenance or purpose. Among the lots we have included are; a Diamond Tiara belonging to the Queen Mother’s cousin, a coral parure, sapphire and diamond rings, and a Cartier dress set once owned by a Russian Princess.

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Upcoming Royal Auctions: Christie’s Important Jewels- 30 November 2016

Ahead of the upcoming Important Jewels Sale at Christie’s on 30th November 2016 in London, we take a look at Jewels for auction with a Royal/Noble provenance or purpose.  Among the lots that are featured are a diamond necklace from an Italian Noble family, Jewelry albums, a sapphire and diamond suite, and four diamond tiaras.

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Upcoming Royal Auctions: Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels- 16 November 2016

Ahead of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale on 16 November 2016 in Geneva, we take a look at the jewels with Royal Provenance offered for sale. Among the 345 lots are a diamonds once owned by the Romanovs, a necklace and earrings from the Italian Princes Doria Pamphilj, pearls formerly owned by Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, and a diamond tiara. Continue reading

Upcoming Royal Auctions: Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels- 15 November 2016

Ahead of the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Auction on 15 November 2016 in Switzerland, we take a look at the jewels with Royal Provenance offered for sale. Included are a suite of suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry from the collection of Empress Marie-Louise of France, an emerald cameo from the collection of Princesse Lobanoff de Rostoff & HRH Nicholas of Romania, a pearl necklace from a European Princely Family, a Fabergé box from the collection of Princess Anastasia of Greece, and a diamond bracelet formerly belonging to Countess Mona von Bismarck.

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Upcoming Royal Auctions: Royal Jewels for Auction

      Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale- New York- 19 April 2016

Platinum and Diamond Tiara, Ostier for Oesterreicher, Wien- 1938

Estimate: $30,000 — $50,000
Formerly in the Collection of Queen Geraldine of Albania
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On April 19th, Sotheby’s New York is auctioning an Ostier Platinum and Diamond Tiara. This Tiara was designed by Marianne Ostier for Oesterreicher in 1938, to celebrate the marriage of King Zog I of Albania and Queen Geraldine, an Hungarian Countess. This tiara is unique because it depicts the Albanian royal crest of the ‘Ram of Skanderberg’ atop a floral motif. The Ram is a unusual motif, but was appropriate, in lieu of a more traditional religious design, for the marriage of a Roman Catholic Countess and her Muslim King. Continue reading