Astonishingly beautiful, sumptuous and truly royal, a conch pearl, enamel and diamond Cartier bracelet that once adorned Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, the grandmother of the present Spanish King Juan Carlos, and has been described as one of the greatest jewels designed by Cartier during the 1920s, will now sparkle at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale on November 14th. Expected to garner as much as $1.4 million, this bracelet consigned by a member of the Spanish Royal family boasts illustrious provenance, exceptional design and usage of distinctive materials, making it one of the most significant jewels created by renowned French watchmaker-jeweler Cartier in the inter-war period.
Known for her extensive jewelry collection, this granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the Britain born at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland in 1887, was considered a great beauty of her time and was widely known to British public and her family as Ena. When she passed away in 1969, she left behind an impressive collection of jewels.
Notably, this stunning piece of Royal jewelry was singled out amongst the extraordinary jewels of the 19th and 20th Centuries and illustrated in a noted book named Celebrating Jewellery.
Besides Queen Eugenia’s Cartier bracelet, the sale also features some of the other significant selection of Royal jewels, including a pair of ruby and diamond pendant earrings suspending sensational, perfectly matched Burmese rubies of 11 carats each (pictured above). Expected to garner a price of $2,500,000, these splendid earrings dating back to 1921, were formerly in the collection of HSH Princess Max Egon zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
However, we have also earlier seen the sale offering of the finest and most expensive Royal jewellery, including the vintage Royal jewels of Romanian King Carol II, and the Mughal Mirror diamond necklace from India's royal jewel collections which was expected to sell for $20 million, to name a few.
Another noted auctioneer Christie's is also offering the famed 76-carat Golconda diamond 'Archduke Joseph Diamond’, and is expected to sell for over $15 million.