This week, an incredibly rare piece of vintage jewelry will be sold at auction. Let’s take a closer look at this lovely leafy brooch, set with diamonds and peridots, from a firm whose pieces are extremely desirable—and rarely auctioned.
A modern suite of ruby and diamond jewels was recently sold by Sotheby’s in Geneva. But the sale caused a minor commotion across the continent in Madrid, where journalists and royal watchers are all wondering one thing: is this the suite of rubies from the collection of the king’s sister?
|Queen Maria II’s sapphire and diamond tiara (Christie’s)|
|Queen Maria II of Portugal is depicted wearing the tiara, ca. 1846 (Wikimedia Commons)|
|Winterhalter’s portrait of Infanta Antonia, ca. 1866 (Wikimedia Commons)|
|Prince William of Hohenzollern with his second wife, Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria, ca. 1917 (Wikimedia Commons)|
|A side view of the tiara (Christie’s)|
|The top elements from the tiara, removed and arranged as separate ornaments (Christie’s)|
|The diamond base of the tiara (Christie’s)|