Sotheby's to auc­tion Rus­sian im­pe­rial jewels

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

SOTHEBY'S GENEVA is to auc­tion two rare and pres­ti­gious di­a­mond neck­laces with con­nec­tions to the im­pe­rial Rus­sian rulers, Peter the Great and Cather­ine the Great. The pieces will go un­der the ham­mer at the "Mag­nif­i­cent Jewels and No­ble Jewels" sale to be held by Sotheby's on Nov16.

The glam­our of the Rus­sian im­pe­rial court will be in the spotlight at the next auc­tion to be or­gan­ised by Sotheby's Geneva, where bid­ders will be com­pet­ing to ob­tain two his­toric jew­ellery pieces: a di­a­mond neck­lace linked to the Em­press Cather­ine II, also known as Cather­ine the Great, and a di­a­mond parure thought to con­tain stones of­fered by Cather­ine I, the wife of Peter the Great, to Sul­tan Ahmed III. The first of the two lots is a di­a­mond neck­lace that was com­mis­sioned by Em­press Cather­ine II and orig­i­nally de- signed as two sep­a­rate pieces be­fore be­ing adapted in the late 18th cen­tury. Part of the Rus­sia's im­pe­rial trea­sure dur­ing cen­turies of up­heaval, the neck­lace was stored in the stron­groom of the Krem­lin dur­ing World War I.

Col­lec­tors will also be keen to ac­quire the sec­ond lot, pre­sented as "one of the most im­por­tant parures of an­tique jewels to ap­pear at auc­tion in the last 50 years." It com­prises a neck­lace, ear­rings and a brooch dat­ing from the 19th cen­tury. – AFP Relaxnews

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