The Duchess of Windsor jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels to auction at Bonhams Hongkong
With understated elegance, refinement, grace and a taste of innovation as its spirit of creation, Van Cleef & Arpels, the French jewelry house established in 1906, has been an famous for their innovative and whimsical jewelry designs. For a century, Van Cleef & Arpels has been combining unparalleled craftsmanship, technical prowess and innovation in all its creations that have graced the who’s who of the elite; from legendary actresses to royal personalities, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, the Prince of Wales, Madame Hélène Beaumont and Elizabeth Taylor. Now, an incredible collection of eight exquisite jewels, including magnificent gemstones and four superlative jewels by legendary jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels, will be offered in Hong Kong on 23rd November, as part of the sale entitled ‘Eight Exceptional Jewels from a Private Collection.”
Historically, after only reigning for 11 months, King Edward VIII gave up his throne on December 10th, 1936, out of his legendary love for Wallis Simpson, which condemned by the Royal family because of Simpson’s divorcee status. However, their passion for each other was equaled by their love of jewelry and marked by many creations from Van Cleef & Arpels. Now, the sapphire-and-diamond clip which the Prince of Wales bought for Wallis Simpson, and she wore to set off her blue satin Mainbocher wedding gown is also offered on sale.
Also, we have earlier seen that whenever the jewelry associated with the Duchess of Windsor has gone on the auction block, it fetches top amounts, including the sale of her Cartier-designed diamond panther bracelet . Check-out the other most expensive jewels of the royal families.
Magnificent ruby and diamond strap bracelet
A magnificent ruby and diamond strap bracelet, which is recorded in Van Cleef & Arpel’s archive as being made in 1936, was once in the collection of glamorous philanthropist and leader of pre-WW2 French Riviera society, Madame Hélène Beaumont. Remarkable for its outstanding supple and ribbon-like craftsmanship, this bracelet set with 107 carats of fine-quality rubies is estimated to sell for a price between $454,000 and $544,000.
Also, a beautiful collar necklace composed of 22 precisely matched emeralds, weighing 47 carats, and 412 diamonds with a total weight of more than 70 carats, will be sold as one of the highlights in the Hong Kong sale for $1,024,000 to $1,536,000. Between 1959 and 1961, twenty-two perfectly matched emeralds were sought by Van Cleef & Arpels to make this necklace which was last seen at auction in 1975, fetching $1,056,215.
Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Demonstrating the jeweler’s expertise in sourcing stones of extraordinary depth and quality, a ring boasting a perfectly crystalline, flawless stone flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds, is expected to fetch a price of $560,000 to $672,000. Notably, the 43.16 carat sapphire adorned on the ring was acquired personally by Jacques Arpels from Ceylon(Sri Lanka) in 1969.
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