silver cushion

A 19th century diamond tiara, circa 1850. Photo Bonhams

Designed as a floral and foliate garland of old brilliant, rose and cushion-shaped diamonds, the three principal flowerheads en tremblant, mounted in silver and gold,cushion-shaped and old brilliant-cut diamonds approximately 14.00 carats total, detachable to form three brooches and the centrepiece of a necklace, height at tallest point 5.5cm, fitted case by Tessier, New Bond Street. Sold for £12,000 (€15,074)

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JEWELS OF THE ROMANOVS - Catherine The Great’s Diamond Necklace 

Said to be a favorite of Catherine the Great. Designed as necklace consisting of an articulated band mounted in silver with a row of twenty-seven graduated cushion-shaped diamonds in open settings within a border of stylized foliate motifs close set with smaller similarly cut stones, embellished with a ribbon bow clasp close set in silver with cushion-shaped diamonds in an open-work floral and foliate pattern. This historic jewel represents the splendor of Imperial Russia during Catherine’s rule.

Fuchsien Diadem

German: Fuchsien Diadem, circa 1845, by Köchert. Branches of fuchsias in flower, bud and wild rose form with foliage, writhe on the tiara. Made in gold and silver with pave-set cushion-cut and rose-cut diamonds. Before it was sold at auction, the tiara was the property of the Thurn und Taxis Family. It had also been in an exhibition shown in Belgium for some time before it’s sale.