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Old 12-12-2013, 10:34 PM
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Beauty? I'm afraid that even Mrs Simpson herself admitted she was never a beauty ! Also she was on the very fringes of Society !

I quite agree.

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Old 07-14-2015, 11:18 AM
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The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor - Finest Jewelry

My wife gave me a wonderful book last weekend

"The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor"

A book about her outstanding jewelry and the fabulous Sotheby's Auction in 1987.

The duke was known to have spent long hours in the pre-war years with Jeanne Toussaint of Cartier, and with Renee Puissant at Van Cleef & Arpels, both eminent designers in their field. The relationship between these two highly imaginative artist and their Royal client often produced jewels which were still considered "avant-garde" ten years after their completion. These jewels were to be the forerunners of the style of the late 1940s, when new designs began to emerge after the war.

The duke loved jewellery and took great trouble to choose jewels which his Duchess could wear to advantage on dress often designed as backdrops for particular pieces.

The Duchess of Windsor collection is one of the greatest jewellery collection I have ever seen. My new book is lying on my nightstand an well remain there for a very long time!

Today, I want to show you my favorite piece of the Duchess collection:


The two ribbons set with baguette diamonds and cushion shaped rubies respectively, the front supporting a detachable draped tassel set with similarly cut rubies and circular-cut diamonds.

Estimation: SF 1,200,000 - 1,500,000
SOLD FOR: for much more than the estimated price

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:12 AM
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Jewels in Motion: The Windsor Amethyst and Turquoise Suite | The Court Jeweller

I love this set. Very stunning and elegant. Majestic color.
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:27 AM
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I was lucky enough to visit Sotheby's, a few years back, prior to some of her jewellery being auctioned. Whilst I think some of her 'stuff' was tasteless and ugly, it was nonetheless magnificent -very especially some pearls left/sent her by Queen Mary- and even ugly CAN be beautiful. I can still recall the thrill of feeling just a small!!! pane of glass between me and jewels which had adorned her neck and wrist.
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Old 09-01-2017, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by IloveCP View Post
Jewels in Motion: The Windsor Amethyst and Turquoise Suite | The Court Jeweller

I love this set. Very stunning and elegant. Majestic color.

Its certainly eye catching but I'm not a fan and it looks a bit brash and gaudy.
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I like art Deco and I think it suited Wallis
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:41 AM
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^ Yes, I like Art Deco pieces too. Of course a lot of it was very much of its time and probably isn't admired as much today. Nevertheless, Wallis liked the unusual and dramatic designs of this sort of jewellery and I think it suited her.
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:43 AM
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I don't think that she carried off more traditional styles so well, she was so bony and angular..
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:58 AM
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For me art deco is a mixed bag...some pieces are beautiful..others are horrible.

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Old 09-03-2017, 11:11 AM
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An unusual combination of jewels which works. Still, a very modern piece which works today. Exquisite craftsmanship by Cartier of course
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:19 PM
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Wallis was very 'a la page'. and the unusual combination of stones is very characteristic of 'cutting edge' jewels in this period.
Early 'Art Deco' jewels were mostly 'white' [diamond] or at least monochromatic [Diamond and onyx or diamond and one coloured stone]. Only in the late thirties did Jewellers [Cartier principally] launch more adventurous and colourful designs, and the Duchess was pivotal to popularising this style [which continued after the interruption of the War, well into the 50s].

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