Marie-Antoinette’s diamond bracelets auctioned in Geneva-Art-et-culture News, Firstpost


The bracelets, each covered with 112 diamonds, will be sold together and are expected to fetch between $ 2-4 million when they go under the hammer on November 9.

Two splendid diamond bracelets that once belonged to the Queen of France Marie-Antoinette will go under the hammer in Geneva later this year, auction house Christie’s announced on Wednesday.

The bracelets, each covered with 112 diamonds, will be sold together and are expected to fetch between $ 2-4 million when they go under the hammer on November 9.

This estimate “includes not only the intrinsic value of diamonds, but also the ability to wear jewelry that was once worn by the famous Queen Marie-Antoinette,” said Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, Christie’s jewelry specialist. AFP.

Historical jewelry could easily go well over the asking price.

“As we have seen during the last sales in Geneva, the market for jewelry of noble origin continues to perform very well,” said François Curiel, president of the luxury division of Christie’s, in a statement.

In 2018, a pendant in natural pearls and diamonds that belonged to the unfortunate Queen of France was estimated by the auction house Sotheby’s at 1 to 2 million dollars but was scooped for 36 million dollars.

Marie-Antoinette, the last queen of France before the revolution, was guillotined in Paris in October 1793 at the age of 37.

But Cisamolo said it wasn’t just their story that made the bracelets extraordinary, highlighting the large sizes of diamonds, which range from around one to four carats.

“It is very difficult to measure their exact size because they are old diamonds, and at the time the sizes were less precise,” she explained.

While lacking the precision of today’s laser cut gemstones, Cisamolo emphasized the charm and uniqueness of ancient diamonds.

In total, Christies estimates the bracelets to be 140 to 150 carats.

They are each made up of three rows of precious stones and can be linked together and worn as a necklace.

Paris, Brussels and Vienna

According to Christie’s, Marie-Antoinette ordered the bracelets from jeweler Charles August Boehmer in Paris in 1776, two years after her accession to the throne.

She paid £ 250,000, “a huge sum at the time,” Christies said.

Then the revolution came.

Before attempting to flee France with King Louis XVI and their children, Marie-Antoinette first brought her jewelry out of the country.

They were sent to Brussels, ruled by her sister Archduchess Marie-Christine, before being sent to the native Austria of the Queen of France, ruled by her nephew, the Emperor.

In 1792, the royal family was imprisoned in Paris. The King and Queen were executed the following year and their 10-year-old son Louis XVII died in captivity.

Only their daughter, Marie-Thérèse of France, survived. She was released in December 1795 and sent to Austria, where she received her mother’s jewelry.

“These jewels can therefore be traced back to Marie-Antoinette,” Cisamolo said, adding that she hoped whoever bought them “will cherish them for the rest of his life.”

“Not only are you wearing something that Marie-Antoinette wore,” she said. “Diamonds are amazing.”

The bracelets, she said, showing the sparkling gemstones on her wrists, “flowing. It’s like you’re wearing fabric.”

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