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Saturday, 7 December 2013

CARTIER Jewels from the Duchess of Windsor

I am going to be vey cheesy, so I apologise in advance. Those who normally read me know that I stick to factual descriptions of jewellery but today was too good to resist. The combination includes lunch at Cipriani (C London now) sitting next to Mr Cipriani himself,  and afterwards trying on the Duchess of Windsor pieces at Sotheby's with no other than Valentino…, yes Valentino!, luckily he was more attracted by the cigarette cases and Duke's memorabilia than the Duchess pieces, so I still have a chance!.

Cartier Amethyst, Turquoise and diamond bracelet from the Duchess of Windsor
The bracelet above is a striking piece, it features a very original combination that was a favourite of the Duchess, amethysts and turquoise. It was made by Cartier in 1954. When the full collection of the Windsor jewels was auctioned for the first time, in 1987, there were five pieces with the same gemstone combination; the best known one being the famous Cartier bib necklace later acquired by Elizabeth Taylor and exhibited in The Art of Cartier. The bracelet matches a ring of similar design made by Cartier in 1989.

Cartier, Amethyst, Turquoise and Diamond ring
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

There is another piece of great historical significance in the collection, the sapphire bracelet that the Duchess wore in 1972 she was finally received by Queen Elizabeth II.


Cartier sapphire bracelet, 1945, from the Duchess of Windsor

The auction will take place at Sotheby's London on Thursday, December 11th.


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