The Wallis Simpson Jewellery Auction is
a highly anticipated event for many elite collectors.
The jewelry is of the finest quality, and was
wrought by the world's biggest names in fine jewelry... but that is only part of
the pedigree of these pieces. These exquisite jewelry pieces were made for the former King
George VIII and his wife.
Most of us are familiar with the story of the king, who renounced his claim to the British
throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee. He famously showered her with gifts of jewelry
throughout their courtship and marriage.
The 1930's media avidly followed what they
dubbed "The Great Love Affair." Following the abdication of King Edward
VIII, the couple wed, and were subsequently given the titles of the Duke and
Duchess of Windsor The couple left Britain to live abroad and avoid overshadowing his
successor, King George VI.
The Duke of Windsor died in 1972. The Duchess
of Windsor died in 1986. Her extensive jewelry collection was sold off by
Sotheby's - Geneva in1987. The entire collection brought a record $53 million
for her favorite charity.
The Wallis Simpson jewellery auctionis
scheduled for November at Sotheby's London gallery. Sotheby's plan to auction 20
items that were owned by the couple. The items include 11
pieces by Cartier, Some pieces have an estimated value of more than $1.5 million each.
The Wallis Simpson jewellery auctionof
these 20 pieces may bring in excess of $4.5 million.
Top - Onyx and diamond panther bracelet made by
Cartier in 1952
Next - This diamond, sapphire, buby, and emerald
flamingo brooch was made by Cartier in 1940.
Next - A diamond and colored gem bracelet with 9 crosses was
made by Cartier in 1935 and worn by Wallis Simpson on their wedding day.
Next - This heart-shaped diamond, emerald, and ruby brooch was made by Cartier.
De Beers Millennium blue diamond.
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Gem Industry News...
De Beers Millennium Blue Diamond
De Beers Millennium blue diamond was recently sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong for
smallest diamond in what was the De Beers Millennium Collection, this beautiful
diamond weighs 5.16 carats, is internally flawless, and most importantly, is a natural
vivid blue fancy color.
The Collection was made up of 12 exquisite diamonds, a huge D
colored, pear shaped gem, and 11 rare blue diamonds.
De Beers Millennium blue diamond is set in a platinum tension mountring setting,
and is flanked by a matched pair of white trillion shaped diamonds.
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