Two dazzling diamond bracelets that belonged to French queen Marie-Antoinette will hump below the hammer in Geneva later this yr, the auction condominium Christie’s acknowledged on Wednesday.
MARIE-ANTOINETTE: HISTORIC JEWELS UNDER THE HAMMER
The bracelets, every coated in 112 diamonds, will in all probability be sold together and are estimated to get between $2 to $4 million once they hump below the hammer on 9 November.
That estimate “involves no longer only the intrinsic value of the diamonds nonetheless also the chance to wear jewellery that modified into once ancient by the essential queen Marie-Antoinette,” Christie’s jewellery specialist Marie-Cecile Cisamolo advised AFP.
The historical jewels would possibly possibly possibly additionally meanwhile without problems hump for a ways extra than the asking mark.
“As viewed in latest Geneva sales, the market for jewels of noble provenance continues to originate extremely effectively,” Francois Curiel, the chairman of Christie’s luxury division, acknowledged in a statement.
In 2018, a pure pearl and diamond pendant that belonged to the sick-fated French queen modified into estimated by the Sotheby’s auction condominium at $1 to $2 million nonetheless modified into snapped up for $36 million (R500 million)
Charm of uncommon antique diamonds
Marie-Antoinette, the closing queen of France sooner than the revolution, modified into guillotined in Paris in October 1793 on the age of 37. But Cisamolo acknowledged that it modified into no longer appropriate their historical previous that made the bracelets unheard of, pointing to the colossal size of the diamonds, which vary from around one to four carats.
“It is miles amazingly hard to measure their right size, on memoir of these are antique diamonds, and wait on then the sizes were much less right,” she defined.
While lacking the precision of this present day’s laser-lower gems, Cisamolo wired the charm and strong point of antique diamonds. In total, Christies estimates that the bracelets comprise 140 to 150 carats. They are every composed of three rows of gems and can even be connected together and ancient as a necklace.
Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution
Consistent with Christie’s, Marie-Antoinette ordered the bracelets from jeweller Charles August Boehmer in Paris in 1776, two years after she ascended the throne.
She paid 250 000 livres, “a astronomical sum on the time,” Christies acknowledged.
Then the revolution arrived. Sooner than attempting to flee France with King Louis XVI and their younger folks, Marie-Antoinette first made sure her jewels were despatched distant places. They were despatched to Brussels, governed by her sister Archduchess Marie-Christine, sooner than being despatched on to the French queen’s native Austria, dominated by her nephew, the emperor.
In 1792, the royal family modified into imprisoned in Paris. The king and queen were performed the next yr, and their 10-yr-aged son Louis XVII died in captivity. Only their daughter, Marie Therese of France, survived. She modified into freed in December 1795 and despatched to Austria, the effect she modified into given her mom’s jewels.
‘It is miles as if you would possibly possibly possibly additionally be wearing fabric’
“These jewels can thus be traced the entire manner wait on to Marie-Antoinette,” Cisamolo acknowledged, including that she hoped whoever equipped them “will admire them for the remainder of their life. Now no longer only are you wearing something that Marie-Antoinette wore,” she acknowledged. “The diamonds are unheard of.”
The bracelets, she acknowledged, showing off the gems glistening on her wrists, “dawdle. It is miles as if you would possibly possibly possibly additionally be wearing fabric.”