Duchess of Windsor's Sapphire Pendant
This 206.82-carat sapphire pendant was created by Cartier in 1951. It was expected to sell for 1.1
A silk purse embroidered by Marie Antoinette while imprisoned in the Temple. This too was formerly owned by Madame de Tourzel and as a nice touch, it was listed with a replica of Marie Antoinette’s final letter, sent to her sister in law Madame Élisabeth on the 16th October 1793. This purse was expected to sell for €12,000 – €15,000 but went for €97,700.
Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara. Commissioned by King George VI while he was still the Duke of York for the Duchess of York (Queen Mother) in 1936. Queen Elizabeth II loaned this to Kate Middleton for her wedding to Prince William.
Padparadscha Sapphire - This very rare color of sapphire (orange / pink / peach) is highly prized by gem collectors. Gems over one carat sell for thousands per carat. Few mines in the world are yielding this kind of gem.
‘The Windsor Heart’ Yellow Diamond. 47.14cts yellow diamond was bought by the Duke of Windsor for the Duchess (Wallis Simpson) in 1951 from Harry Winston to complement her other yellow diamond and set in a ring. The stone was later acquired by Estée Lauder, set in a pendant and sold by the Lauder family in 2012 in aid of Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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The Halo Scroll Tiara ~ The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 & was purchased by the Duke of York for his Duchess three wks before he
The Royal Asscher tiara. 85 carat tiara designed by Reena Ahluwalia for Royal Asscher Diamonds. This tiara was amongst few that Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, considered wearing for her royal wedding to Prince William.
Created by Theodore Fester in 1855, the gold-and-silver-setting rose has about 250 carats of diamonds and was created for Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, Napoleon's niece. She owned one of Paris' most distinguished literary and artistic salons. When she died in 1904, the piece was auctioned and eventually sold by Cartier to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, of the railroad Vanderbilts, who wore it at the waist or bodice for portraits and other formal occasions in her role as “Queen of Society.”
Duchess of Windsor Necklace with five pear-shaped emeralds from 5.8 to 14.6 carats (Cartier)and a 48.95-carat Diamond and Emerald Pendant
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This tiara was originally owned by Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxemburg. It is now worn by her sister-in-law, Grand Duchess Marie Teresa.
1/2 Carat T.G.W. Created Sapphire Heart and Diamond Accent in 10kt White Gold Pendant, 17 special price . The best Quality of 1/2 Carat T.G.W. Created Sapphire Heart and Diamond Accent in 10kt White Gold Pendant, 17 $99.00
1-1/2 Carat T.G.W. Created Emerald and White Sapphire Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant, 18 for sale . The best Quality of 1-1/2 Carat T.G.W. Created Emerald and White Sapphire Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant, 18 $64.00
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The Star of Bombay is a 182 carat (36.4 g) cabochon-cut star sapphire originating from Sri Lanka. The violet-blue gem was given to silent film actress Mary Pickford by her husband, Douglas Fairbanks. She bequeathed it to the Smithsonian Institution. The Star of Bombay was the inspiration for Bombay Sapphire gin sold by Bacardi.
The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor When, in December 1936, the storm broke, Edward went one evening to see his mother at Marlborough House; she asked him to reflect on the effect his proposed action would have on his family, on the Throne, and on the British Empire. His only answer was:“Can’t you understand that nothing matters — nothing — except her happiness and mine?”Wallis wore the necklace with the pendant of a natural baroque pearl and diamonds, it was reset by Cartier in 1950.
THE 18 carat sapphire amid 14 diamonds now belonging to Katherine. In 1981 it was valued at 60,000 dollars.
Reward of Faith Sapphire ~ This stone was found in 1975 at the Reward gemfield near Rubyvale in Queensland, Australia. In 1983 it was cut into the 52.36-carat round.
12th Largest Diamond In The World. In 2002 a spectacular 581ct. rough diamond was found in the Amazon River in Brazil. It took more than 2 years to create this 230.17ct. diamond, the largest pear cut in the world. In 2007 it was purchased by Steve Winn and mounted in an amazing Cartier platinum diamond necklace valued at $1.1 million dollars, now that’s just the mounting, the 231ct. diamond is not included. The stone itself, color “H” clarity “VSL”, sold for more than 15 million.
SAPPHIRE BRACELET, CARTIER, CIRCA 1945 - Formerly the Duchess of Windsor's
3.07 Carat T.G.W. Lab-Created Pink Sapphire and Diamond Accent Ring in 10kt Yellow Gold for sale . The best Quality of 3.07 Carat T.G.W. Lab-Created Pink Sapphire and Diamond Accent Ring in 10kt Yellow Gold $259.00
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This 200-foot-long rabbit lies on 5,000 ft. high Colletto Fava mountain in northern Italy. Viennese art group Gelatin designed it and say it was knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool. You walk around it and you can’t help but smile. They say the bunny is not just for walking around – they are expecting hikers to climb its 20 foot sides and relax on its belly. The giant rabbit is expected to remain on the mountain side until 2025.
I *love* chatelaines (though technically, this cannot be called a "chatelaine" as it was created before the word came to use to describe items like this) “Set of 5 small telescopes mounted on a pendant brass chatelaine. The pendants are of different shape. This type of telescope pendant Lunettes Breloques was in vogue in the early nineteenth century, was brought to the vest along with a few pairs of glasses (fassamani). It was the prevailing
Necklace Cartier platinum, a 35.52 carat opal, a sapphire cabochon pear of 8.50 carat diamond briolette 8 / Studio-Dieleman-for- Cartier -
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Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia wearing her tiara c.1900. During the Russian Revolution, this tiara was smuggled out of Russia. In 1921, it was sold by the Grand Duchess's daughter to Queen Mary. She had the tiara altered in 1924 to take 15 of the Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls
Cathy Waterman Pendant in 22 carat yellow gold, sapphire, diamonds and amethyst for the character of Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize
The Manchester Tiara was made by Cartier, Paris, in 1903 to the order of Consuelo, Dowager Duchess of Manchester. Cartier’s records note that she supplied over a thousand brilliant-cut diamonds and more than 400 rose-cut diamonds, while Cartier supplied further rose-cut diamonds and the paste stones which make up the scrolls at the end of each side.
'Blue Necklace' by Cartier. A famous Art Deco diamond and sapphire necklace created in 1936.