Royal jewellery smuggled from Russia during the 1917 revolution began to sell

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The Russian royal jewellery and rare colored diamonds smuggled out of the country during the 1917 revolution will be auctioned in Geneva next week, looking for wealthy collectors who have emerged from the pandemic.

An orange-pink diamond weighing 25.62 carats, estimated at 3.6 million to 5.38 million Swiss francs (3.9 million to 5.9 million US dollars), set in a ring, is the semi-annual auction house Sotheby’s held in the Swiss city in November The star lot at the jewelry auction 10.

Olivier Wagner, head of Sotheby’s auction house and jewellery expert in Geneva, told Reuters in the showroom of the Lakeside Hotel: “This is a beautiful crystal with a very beautiful color with a little orange but It’s not too much, so this is a very subtle color.”.

“The market is currently very active. After the pandemic, people today are very keen on buying jewelry and buying tangible items that they can enjoy.”

For collectors of historical gems, the large oval sapphire and diamond brooch and matching ear clips in the jewelry box of the aunt Maria Pavlovna, the aunt of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, have returned to the block.

A sapphire and diamond brooch and a pair of ear clips from circa 1900.

A sapphire and diamond brooch and a pair of ear clips from circa 1900. CEDIT: Robert Heradier/Getty Images

“They belong to Maria Pavlovna, the Grand Duchess of Russia. She is the queen of social life in St. Petersburg. She is the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, so she is the son of the Tsar (Alexander II). She has a Great collection of jewelry,” Wagner said.

According to the auction house, the royal suit was entrusted to her friend Albert Henry Stopford, a British diplomat, who brought them together with other jewellery to London for safekeeping. The estimated value is 280,000-480,000 francs. .

Pavlovna fled revolutionary Russia and died in France in 1920. The auction house stated that her brooch and earrings are being sold by a European royal family, who bought them at an auction in 2009.

Sotheby’s is expanding its luxury goods week through an online auction of “fashion through time” for young collectors, including handbags named after movie stars Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin, and the late NBA star Kobe Buu The sneakers worn by Kobe Bryant.

His yellow and black Nike shoes, US size 14, are estimated at 25,000-35,000 Swiss francs.

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