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    Marie-Antoinette’s Jewels Come to Auction

    BY SOTHEBY'S| JUL 17, 2018

    Marie Antoinette’s Breathtaking Jewels Lead an Aristocratic Collection


    One of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to come to auction is set to capture the world’s imagination when it comes to Sotheby’s this autumn. Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family (Geneva, 12 November), which spans centuries of European history, from the reign of Louis XVI to the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will offer a fascinating insight into the splendour of one of Europe’s most important royal dynasties.
    FROM QUEEN MARIE ANTOINETTE OF FRANCE. EXCEPTIONAL AND HISTORIC NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT, 18TH CENTURY. ESTIMATE CHF 995,000–1,990,000 / $ 1,000,000–2,000,000.

    Descended from Louis XIV of France, the Holy Roman Emperors and from Pope Paul III, the Bourbon-Parma family is linked by blood to the most important ruling families of Europe - from the Bourbons to the Habsburgs. Members of the lineage include Kings of France and Spain, Emperors of Austria and the Dukes of Parma.
    PAIR OF NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANTS, 19TH CENTURY. ESTIMATE CHF 30,000–50,000 / $ 30,000–50,000.

    This illustrious ancestry is demonstrated by the extraordinary opulence of the pieces in the collection, led by a breath-taking group of jewels which once belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, daughter of Holy Roman Empress Maria Teresa, and wife of Louis XVI, the most famous Queen of France, which have not been seen in public for 200 years.
    Among the star lots of the collection is a stunning diamond pendant, supporting a natural pearl of exceptional size (26 mm x 18 mm), as well as a pair of natural pearl drops and a fabulous necklace featuring 119 natural pearls.
    NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE. ESTIMATE CHF 200,000–300,000 / $200,000–300,000.

    This impressive ensemble of jewels has an extraordinary story. As King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their family prepared their escape in March 1791, the queen placed all her diamonds, rubies and pearls in a wooden chest, which made its way to Vienna by way of Brussels in the care of Count Mercy Argentau, a loyal retainer to the queen.
    PAIR OF DIAMOND EARRINGS, 19TH CENTURY. ESTIMATE CHF 150,000–250,000 / $150,000–250,000.

    The king and queen were executed by guillotine in 1793 and their 10-year-old son Louis XVII died in captivity shortly after. Their last surviving child Marie-Thérèse, known as "Madame Royale", was released from three years of solitary confinement in 1795. Upon her eventual arrival in Vienna in 1796 she reclaimed her mother’s jewels, which had been kept safe by her cousin, the Austrian Emperor.
    The illustrious jewels to be offered in November also bear witness to the family’s connections with the House of Habsburg, one of the most influential royal dynasties of Europe. Reigning over the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, the Habsburgs also occupied the throne of the Holy Roman Empire and produced emperors and kings whose dominions included Germany, England, Spain, Holland and Italy.
    RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH/HAIR ORNAMENT, CIRCA 1900. GIFT FROM ARCHDUKE FRIEDRICH OF AUSTRIA. ESTIMATE CHF 200,000–300,000 / $200,000–300,000.

    Daniela Mascetti, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Jewellery Europe and Senior International Specialist: "It is one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market and each and every jewel is absolutely imbued with history. Never before seen in public, this extraordinary group of jewels offers a captivating insight into the lives of its owners going back hundreds of years. What is also striking is the inherent beauty of the pieces themselves: the precious gems they are adorned with and the exceptional craftsmanship they display are stunning in their own right."



    THE LINK WITH MORE PICTURES OF SHINY THINGS:

    AUCTION

    Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family
    14 NOVEMBER 2018 | 07:00 PM CET | GENEVA



    source: https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles...e-to-auction-1
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    I like the ruby and diamond brooch but all the jewels in the world didn't do her any good, did they?
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    i love the diamond earrings.
    i love antique diamonds and their more natural looking cuts, unlike today's diamonds which all have a gazillion facets. they were always set in silver because white gold hadn't been invented yet and i just love how the silver blackens and creates that beautiful contrast with the diamonds.
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    I'm not a big fan of pearls but I'll take the diamonds.
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    I love pearls and will happily take them.
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    I will happily take all of it and wear the hell out of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i love the diamond earrings.
    i love antique diamonds and their more natural looking cuts, unlike today's diamonds which all have a gazillion facets. they were always set in silver because white gold hadn't been invented yet and i just love how the silver blackens and creates that beautiful contrast with the diamonds.
    I thought it was just me. I hate the million facets on diamonds, too. I'm impressed they can cut them like that, but I hate how they look. In modern jewelry, I'm drawn to emerald cut diamonds just for that reason. Also agree about the silver.
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    My fave is the triple strand of (now) rare natural pearls, hence the price. I like their slightly irregular shape.
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    i love the pearl drop earrings. but they are probaby really heavy, maybe too heavy to wear.

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    I think they’re pendants? Very similar but different mounts.
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    not sure about the one that the model is holding (pendant vs earring) but in the pic that follows they look like earrings.


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    You could get away with it but the mounts are different and the photo caption says they’re pendants [/PEDANT]
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    I'm scrolling through all the photos. Thanks for posting!


    The whole shmear went for:

    53,522,875 Swiss Francs equals
    53,225,346.69 United States Dollars
    70,409,123.57 Canadian Dollar
    73,155,588.48 Australian Dollar

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    I literally spent a depressing part of my night last night counting my spare change and I wouldn't have had enough I guess. Sigh.
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    *passes Waterslide some cake*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    I'm scrolling through all the photos. Thanks for posting!


    The whole shmear went for:

    53,522,875 Swiss Francs equals
    53,225,346.69 United States Dollars
    70,409,123.57 Canadian Dollar
    73,155,588.48 Australian Dollar

    I guess they were anonymous buyers. Elizabeth Taylor missed out!
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