Rare jewellery worth millions including royal tiara for sale

Collection of magnificent jewels including a Fabergé tiara gifted to the last Crown Princess of Prussia and a £3M emerald necklace are set to go on sale at Sotheby’s

  • Magnificent and Noble Jewels Collection is expected to fetch millions of pounds
  • Sotheby’s auction will go on display in London before auction in Geneva in May
  • Rare jewellery was owned by 20th century stars including Helene Beaumont   
  • Includes royal wedding tiara worn by the last Crown Princess of Prussia 

Rare jewels belonging to twentieth century royals and socialites have been unveiled ahead of a historic sale at Sotheby’s in Geneva.

The pieces on sale include a necklace, estimated to be worth over £3 million, and a tiara created for the last Crown Princess of Prussia as a wedding gift.

The decadent jewellery is being sold as part of a Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels collection by the auction house. 

Those interested in buying the items will be able to view the remarkable items at Sotheby’s in London before their sale in May. 

The decadent emerald and diamond necklace, owned by American socialite Helene Beaumont, is estimated to be worth over £3 million 

Sotheby’s describes the auction online as part of a sale of ‘a variety of fancy and colourless diamonds of impeccable quality’. 

The website goes on: ‘A spectacular array of jewels, by some of the world’s most renowned jewellery houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin and Bulgari, feature alongside unique period jewels of noble provenance, including an important collection of German royal provenance.’ 

Other pieces for sale include an onyx, ruby and diamond pin, as well as two diamond rings, all worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The most highly priced item is the art deco style emerald and diamond necklace, from the collection of American socialite Helene Beaumont. 

It’s estimated to be worth between £2 million and just over £3 million. 

The beautiful royal tiara is believed to be have been designed by Fabergé for the wedding of Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the last Crown Princess of Prussia

This magnificent emerald and diamond necklace is believed to have been made by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Hélène Beaumont was a renowned collector and loyal client of the French jewellery house. 

It matches another lot in the sale, an emerald and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, from the collection of Hélène Beaumont sold in 1994 – also unsigned, but recorded in the archives of Van Cleef & Arpels. 

Meanwhile an iconic piece of history German history will go on sale, as a Fabergé diamond tiara worn by the last Crown Princess of Prussia is also part of the collection.

The necklace, which is estimated to be worth over £3 million, will go on sale in a jewellery action on 14 May 

The piece, which is estimated to be worth between £150,000-£230,000, is said to have been made for the ‘biggest social event of the century’, the wedding of Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. 

The tiara is a detailed piece, and features a set with three circular-cut diamonds, framed with stylised laurels within an arched surround of lattice work design, joined with rose diamond quatrefoils. 

The piece was formerly in the collection of Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Princess Wilhelm of Hohenzollern, Crown Princess of Prussia. 

It was believed to have been a wedding gift for the biggest social event of the still young century, when on 6th June 1905, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin married Wilhelm the heir to the Prussian throne. 

The royal’s mother was said to be good friends with Fabergé, and tiara is believed to have been a wedding gift from the designer to the young bride 

Tens of thousands of people poured into the lavishly decorated capital of the Empire Berlin, to witness the arrival of the bride of the Crown Prince.   

In 1905 the young couple celebrated their wedding, with celebrations spanning  four days, filled with countless commitments and appointments. 

The handover of the wedding gifts to the bridal couple took place in the ‘Brunswick Gallery’ of the Berlin castle. 

Jewels, silver, and porcelain were among the precious presents, which also included a splendid carriage with Hungarian horses as a gift from the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, who was a godfather of the Crown Prince.

Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the last Crown Princess of Prussia, pictured here around 1912. Her wedding was described as ‘the social event of the century’

Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin with future husband Friedrich Wilhelm Prinz von Preussen, pictured posing for engagement photographs 

Cecilie also received many gifts from her Russian relatives, and the tiara was amongst these presents.

It was referred to within the family as the ‘Fabergé Tiara’. 

Fabergé was Cecilie’s mothers’ (Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia) favorite jeweller, and correspondence between the jeweller and herself, mentioning a diamond tiara, exists. 

The tiara was also featured in a newspaper article dated March 1906, reporting from an exhibition held in Berlin, showcasing the wedding presents of the Crown Prince and his bride. 

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