Christie’s, the renowned auction house in Geneva, is set to showcase a stunning array of historic jewellery pieces in its upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale. Among the dazzling treasures up for auction are the remarkable Bessborough Diamond Tiara, worn by two British coronations and the Star of Egypt diamond, which is said to have once belonged to King Farouk.
Highlighting the auction is the Bessborough Diamond Tiara, a mesmerising piece of artistry that holds a rich royal history. This tiara, weighing 136.5 grams and crafted with platinum, was worn by King George VI during his coronation in 1937 and later adorned the head of Queen Elizabeth II during her own coronation in 1953. Commissioned by Vere Ponsonby, the ninth earl of Bessborough, the tiara was created by the esteemed Parisian jeweller, Chaumet in 1931. Its Art Deco design features an intricate floral motif, adding to its allure and elegance.
The Bessborough Tiara, once again steeped in history, assumed a significant role in American heritage during a transformative period in 1938. Joseph Kennedy, the esteemed father of the future President John F Kennedy, relocated his family to Winfield House in Regent’s Park upon assuming his esteemed position as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom. In preparation for the distinguished social events and courtly engagements that awaited them, Joseph’s wife, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, found herself without a suitable tiara to wear. Rose’s predicament was resolved by the intervention of her friend, the Countess of Bessborough. Sensing the importance of the occasion, the Countess offered to lend Rose the Bessborough Tiara, ensuring that Rose would radiate regal elegance during her courtly appearances.
Another extraordinary offering at the auction is the Star of Egypt diamond. This remarkable gem, rumoured to have once belonged to King Farouk of Egypt, embodies sheer magnificence. The diamond’s illustrious past and remarkable beauty make it a coveted treasure for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Its unique story and provenance contribute to its allure and make it a truly exceptional find.
A breathtaking jewel of exceptional rarity, the Star of Egypt is an awe-inspiring unmounted diamond weighing an impressive 105.52 carats. The enigmatic origins of this extraordinary gem have fueled intrigue and fascination among gemstone enthusiasts for years. According to historical accounts, it was acquired in 1850 by the viceroy of Egypt, only to be sold again in 1880.
In addition to these historic pieces, the auction presents an exceptional opportunity for jewellery connoisseurs with the largest private collection of JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) jewellery ever assembled for auction. Created by Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a renowned Parisian artist, this collection spans an impressive 40 years of his remarkable work. Rosenthal’s creations are known for their artistry, intricate detailing, and innovative designs, making this collection highly sought-after and eagerly anticipated by collectors worldwide.
With such a diverse range of exquisite jewellery on offer, Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale is sure to captivate the attention of enthusiasts, collectors, and investors alike. The auction promises a glimpse into the world of extraordinary craftsmanship, timeless elegance, and fascinating history. As bidders gather in Geneva, the excitement builds, as each piece prepares to find a new home, preserving its legacy for generations to come.