Cartier bracelet, once adorned Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain (1887-1969) will be the highlight at Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels on November 14th. Described as one of the greatest jewels designed by Cartier during the 1920s, this unique conch pearl, enamel and diamond bracelet has is estimated at $800,000-$1,400,000.
Queen Victoria Eugenia – grandmother of Juan Carlos, the present king of Spain, was born in 1887 in Balmoral Castle in Scotland, and was considered a great beauty of her time. This granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the Britain, widely known to British public and her family as Ena married King Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1906. She was known for her impressive collection of jewels, which remained after she passed away in 1969.
Among over 590 lots, that will be offered at Sotheby’s upcoming auction, beside Queen Eugenia’s Cartier bracelet, also stand out a pair of ruby and diamond pendent earrings suspending sensational, perfectly matched Burmese rubies of 11 carats each. Dating from 1921, these splendid earrings are estimated at $1,500,000-$2,500,000. The sale will also feature other important selections, including many from collections of other noble and aristocratic families, as well as exceptional gemstones and diamonds, and fine period and signed jewels.