Saturday, 7 May 2011

CARTIER: sapphire earrings from the Duchess of Windsor

This pair of earrings was part of the 1987 Sotheby's Geneva Auction "Jewels from the Duchess of Windsor". They will be auctioned again on May 17th. I find them a quite unusual design, made by Cartier in the 1950's, the diamond set circle holds four hoops made of sapphire beads.

The Duchess of Windsor was the american socialite Wallis Simpson and her marriage to Edward VIII forced him to abdicate the British Throne 75 years ago.