Sotheby’s to auction off Russian royal gems and rare colored diamonds

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Russian royal jewelery smuggled out of the country during the 1917 revolution, along with rare colored diamonds, will be offered at auction next week in Geneva, in search of long-time collectors. money amid the pandemic.

A 25.62-carat pink-orange diamond, valued between 3.6 million and 5.38 million Swiss francs (between 3.9 and 5.9 million dollars), set in a ring, is the star of the semi-annual sale auction at Sotheby’s auction house to be held on November 10.

“A beautiful crystal, it’s a fantastic color with a little orange but not too much so it’s a very subtle color,” Olivier Wagner, sales manager and jewelery expert at Sotheby’s Geneva, told Reuters in the showroom. of a hotel by Lake Geneva.

“The market is currently very dynamic and after the pandemic people are very interested in buying jewelry and buying something tangible that they can enjoy,” he added.

For historical gem collectors, a large oval sapphire and diamond brooch and matching earrings from the jeweler of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, aunt of the late Russian Emperor Nicholas II, are back.

“They belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, who was the queen of social life in St. Petersburg. She was the wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, that is, the son of the Tsar (Alexander II), and had a fantastic collection of jewelry “Wagner explains.

Pavlovna escaped from revolutionary Russia and died in France in 1920. Her brooch and earrings are sold by a European princely family who bought them at auction in 2009, the auction house said.

($ 1 = 0.9130 Swiss francs) (Additional information by Cecile Mantovani; edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso)

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