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Old 04-06-2012, 06:35 PM
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I knew I'd seen the peridot set before; it's part of the peridot parure of Archduchess Isabella of Austria.
If you thing the ornament and earrings are beautiful, take a moment to look at the tiara and the necklace (not part of the auction).
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:48 PM
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Yes, we can only gaze upon these beauties via our high-resolution computers and beautiful jewel books....that's as close as we can get to them!
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:59 PM
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There is always next Mega Millions or Euro Millions (depending on where we live). I can just say this - if I had access to the kind of money, the peridot set, necklace and tiara included, would be right at the top of my shopping list: great investments and beauties to look at when you feel down.
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If the Portland tiara was still up for grabs, that would be adorning my regal head as well!
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:09 AM
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I Like The Most The Earing Very Beautiful & Unique Design Really Looks Antique Piece , Thanx For Posting .
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:15 PM
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Sotheby's to auction over 700 magnificent jewels from important private collections
On 14 and 15 May 2012, Sotheby’s Geneva will present over 700 lots in its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels. Among jewels to be auctioned:
- The Beau Sancy Diamond
One of the most famous diamonds in history. Currently property of the House of Hohenzollern and put on auction by the current Head of the House, Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia.

- The Murat Tiara
A beautiful pearl and diamond tiara created in 1920 by Joseph Chaumet for the marriage of Prince Alexandre Murat to Yvonne Gillois. Prince Alexandre was a descendant of Joachim Murat, who was married to Caroline Bonaparte - Napoleon's sister.

- Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain's Ring (couldn't find a picture)
A step‐cut sapphire and diamond ring dating from the 1930s which once belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. The ring was passed down through the Spanish Royal Family and inherited by the present owner.

- Diamond Necklace (royal collection)
A diamond necklace suspending a detachable pear‐shaped D colour diamond weighing 41.40 carats. It comes from the collection of a member of a royal family.

- Emerald and Diamond Necklace (royal collection)
Also from a royal family, a magnificent emerald and diamond necklace designed by Bulgari circa 1970.

- Corsini Yellow Diamond Brooch
A diamond brooch set with a 7.33 carat Fancy deep yellow diamond coming from the collection of Prince Filippo Corsini, a descendant of the illustrious Florentine family whose history dates back to the 12th century and whose lineage includes many popes. The central diamond was offered to the Corsini family by Charles Edward Stuart in gratitude for their support during his years of exile. It is possible that the diamond was inherited by Prince Charles from his mother Marie‐Clementina Sobieski (granddaughter of King John III of Poland) and was therefore originally part of the Sobieski Jewellery Collection.

- Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace
Just one of the thirteen jewels from the Estate of the late Prince Kinsky will also be presented, shedding light on the history of one of most illustrious and oldest dynasties originating from Bohemia. Tracing its roots back to the thirteen century, the House of Kinsky was part of the most powerful and influential families in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its members served in high diplomatic or military positions of the Habsburg Monarchy and subsequently the Austrian Empire.

- Thurn und Taxis Demi-Parure
An emerald and diamond demi‐parure, composed of a necklace and a pair of earrings, which was purchased by Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn und Taxis around 1890, as a wedding present for Austrian Archduchess Margarete whom he married on 15 July in that year.

- Thurn und Taxis Sapphire and Diamond Bandeau
An attractive sapphire and diamond bandeau dating from early 1930 which was gifted to Raphael Prince Thurn und Taxis and his wife, Princess Margarete, on the occasion of their wedding in Regensburg in 1932. The accompanying fitted case was painted by Prince Raphael's mother, Princess Margarethe of Thurn und Taxis.

- Sapphire and Diamond Brooch/Pendant
Typical of the early twentieth century is a fine sapphire and diamond brooch/pendant dating from circa 1910. It belonged to the Italian Countess Adriana Guillichini della Gherardesca


- D-colour Diamond Ring from Harry Winston
An exceptional diamond ring by Harry Winston set with a 36.43 carat internally flawless diamond which has been found to be part of the rare Type IIa subgroup comprising less than 2% of all gem diamonds. Diamonds of this group are chemically the purest of all diamond crystals and often have extraordinary optical transparency.

- D-colour Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Ring
A very fine 21.88 carat Internally Flawless diamond mounted as a ring signed Van Cleef & Arpels.

- An Oval Step-Cut Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond Ring
An oval step‐cut fancy vivid purplish pink diamond weighing 4.25 carats and mounted as a ring between brilliant‐cut diamonds of pinkish tint and two button‐shaped natural pearls.

- Kashmir Sapphire Clips and Colombian Emerald and Diamond Brooch
Both come from a private collection of gems and jewels comprising over 80 pieces. This exceptional collection has been assembled by two generations of a family, from the mid‐1960s until present day.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:52 AM
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Magnificent Pieces So Unique & Antique , Thank you foe Posting Artemisia
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The Beau Sancy was sold for 9,04 Million CHF (around €7,53 Million, US$9.6m, GBP£6.07m, AUS$9.77m)

http://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt...rsteigert.html
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It seems that the scions of junior branches are at it again.

An important diamond kokoshnik style tiara and diamond rivière, tot. app 40 cts. Dragsted, Copenhagen 1930's. Platina and 18k gold, set with drop cut garnets and old cu.... - The Spring Classic Sale, Stockholm 568
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Oh those garnets would look so pretty in CP Mary's hair. It's a shame the main branch of the family doesn't seem interested in buying tiaras.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:10 AM
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There is another auction by Christies in London this week that has many lots from noble families. I HIghly recommend a look at the ecatalog. So many of the pieces are breathtaking and someone might recognize something of interest for us royal watchers!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:21 AM
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Princess Viggo's diamond & garnet Kokoshnik tiara

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It seems that the scions of junior branches are at it again.
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"HH the Danish Prince Viggo, Count af Rosenborg (1893-1970), son of Prince Valdemar, ordered, according to information, the diamond tiara in the beginning of the 1930's from the Court Jeweller Dragsted, for his wife, HH Princess Viggo, Countess af Rosenborg (1895-1966), born Eleanor Green of New York. It has been thought that the red stones are rubies and the tiara has therefore been described as the 'ruby kokosnik'. The red stones are in fact garnets. The Jeweller is said to have made several designs before creating the kokoshnik but the style was clearly intended to be 'Russian'.

As the couple had no children the diamond kokoshnik was inherited by Princess Margaretha (1899-1977), born a Princess of Sweden, who was the wife of Prince Viggo's brother Prince Axel. The tiara then passed to Axel's son Count Flemming af Rosenborg (1922-2002), former Danish and Icelandic Prince. It was worn by his wife Countess Ruth (who died in 2010), and passed to the present owner ."

v Princess Viggo of Denmark's diamond & garnet Kokoshnik tiara
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:24 AM
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That's a beautiful (and versatile) tiara.
Not to mention, it also has quite an interesting provenance.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:38 PM
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Jubilee diamonds: Spectacular gems from the Queen's private collection go on display at Buckingham Palace

It is the most valuable – and glittering - exhibition ever created at Buckingham Palace.
Ten thousand priceless diamonds on display, many for the first time ever, to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

From the diminutive diamond crown worn by Queen Victoria throughout her widowhood, to the breath-taking Coronation Necklace, featuring a staggering 22.48 carat pendant, the exhibition features some of the most spectacular pieces from the monarch’s private collection.

Each of the 21 hand-picked items on display also has a fascinating history behind it, such as the iconic diadem worn by the Queen for the state opening of parliament.

> BBC News video link

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1. The Delhi Durbar Tiara (putting to rest once and for all claims that it had been changed from a circlet to an open tiara)
2. The Delhi Durbar Necklace
3. The Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch
4. Frederick the Great's Snuff Box (bought by Queen Mary in 1932)
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Will be visiting BP on Sunday and looking forward to seeing some fabulous diamonds!
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Will be visiting BP on Sunday and looking forward to seeing some fabulous diamonds!
Enjoy! We look forward to reading about your trip. The exhibition is well advertised on the tube network.
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Joining muriel's comments: hope you enjoy the exhibition - and share your impressions with us.
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Today I'm off to BP to see the Diamonds exhibition! Yeah!!
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Today I'm off to BP to see the Diamonds exhibition! Yeah!!
Oh, how delightful! Do tell us about your impressions. I, personally won't mind seeing them myself. Judging from the pictures that were posted on either British Monarchy or 'MAJESTY' Magazine Facebook page earlier this year, the collection is quite impressive. Really looking forward to reading your thoughts on it after your trip.
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Sounds awesome Gill, tell us all about please!!!
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