emerald brooch

anonymous asked:

please tell us about the tiaras sold by the cholmondeley family !

This necklace, with a long royal pedigree, belonged to the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. It was sold at Christies, you can read about the necklace here. This is the second time the necklace went up for sale. Below are pictures from the first auction. 

As you can see the necklace was originally part of a parure given to Princess Hélène d’Orléans (1871-1951). It was a wedding gift from her Godfather, Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale. At some point the parure was acquired by Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (1894-1989). She had quite the jewel collection, including some French Crown Jewels.

The pictures above are of the French sapphire parure that the Marchioness of Cholmondeley wore to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. She later sold the parure in the 70′s. After that the tiara, necklace, and earrings were separated. 

That’s I’ll I’ve been able to find so far.

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Brooches from Van Cleef & Arpels’ Peau d’Âne collection, inspired by Jacques Demy’s 1970 musical Peau d’Âne (Donkey Skin, bottom two photos). From top:

  • Robe Couleur du Soleil (Dress the Color of the Sun), set with diamonds, spessartite garnets, tourmalines, and sapphires
  • Robe Couleur de la Lune (Dress the Color of the Moon), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites
  • Prince, set with diamonds, sapphires, coral, and emeralds
  • Peau d'Âne, set with diamonds
  • Robe Couleur du Temps (Dress the Color of Time), set with diamonds, turquoise, Paraiba tourmalines, and garnets
  • Fée des Etoiles (Fairy of the Stars), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites.

Designed as a flowerhead, the centre set with a cushion-shaped emerald weighing 22.51 carats, each bombé petal set with a line of square-shaped emeralds within an old-cut diamond surround, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 7.0 cm long
Accompanied by report no. 51701 dated 24 June 2008 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with minor amount of oil in fissures 💚💚💚💚