Unique luxury Emerald and Diamond Tiara goes under the hammer on May 17 at one of the most important Magnificent & Noble Jewels auction by Sotheby’s in 30 years. The tiara was created with 11 pear-shaped rare Colombian emeralds that collectively weigh over 500 carats. Each emerald has been drilled and held in diamond set cusp motifs, the nine largest tipped by rose diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, later detachable tiara fitting. It is expecting that it will be go for a hefty $10.6 million and lower estimate is $5.3 million.
It is believed that the tiara was commissioned sometime during 1900, possibly from the renowned jewelers Chaumet, by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck, for his second wife Princess Katharina.
Luxury Emerald and Diamond Tiara is on Sotheby’s has recently described the tiara as a crown of foliate and floral inspiration, the base is set with a central row of eleven larger cushion-shaped diamonds, each set between pairs of muguets, above a line of laurel leaf motifs and surmounted by festooned ribbons, pierced and millegrain set throughout with rose and brilliant-cut diamonds, surmount by a row of eleven polished pear-shaped emeralds. [Sotheby’s]