Bold in design yet elegant in style – this 1960s classic ballerina ring truly celebrates the beauty of the centerpiece. The 1.50 carat pear cut natural emerald has a gorgeous medium-dark green hue and looks fantastic amongst the diamond’s and 18kt yellow gold. Prong set round brilliant cut diamond’s (G-H-I in color & VS2-SI1 in clarity) circle around the center emerald with a total diamond weight of .70 carats. Another larger halo of alternating sizes of tapered baguette diamond’s (G-H color & VS2-SI1 clarity) dance around the center and these weigh about 3.20 carats. The ring weighs a nice solid weight to it at 8.2 grams and is currently a size 6.5 and can be resized. It rises 11.40mm above your finger and its ring face measures 25.00mm North and South and 18.85mm East and West. The bands width measures 3.00mm and tapers down to 2.00mm. This vintage ring is in spectacular condition.
Marie Mancini (1639-1715) was the niece of Cardinal Mazarin, the prime minister to King Louis XIV of France. When she fell in love with the young king some spied ambition in the infatuation, but Louis returned her love.
Anne of Austria, Queen Mother of France, violently opposed the romance. Her son’s marriage was political; the ideal fiancée was the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain, which had long been at war with France. Louis and Marie fought to pursue their love, but in 1659 Marie was forced into exile. Weeks before, Louis bought a string of pearls from his aunt, the Queen of England, who was living in exile in Paris. This was all he could offer the woman he had wished to give his crown.
Marie later married the Italian Prince Colonna, abandoning Louis XIV for good. When leaving France, she took an important collection of jewelry and gems with her. Even while pushing her out, Anne showed Marie great generosity. It was perhaps from Anne that Marie received two enormous pear-shaped pearls weighing approximately 200 grains each. The pearls were passed down through Marie’s descendants for over three centuries, before their sale at Christie’s in Geneva in 1969.
Vintage Estate 18K Yellow Gold 0.80ctw Blue Sapphire Diamond Link Bracelet
Stone Cut Round
Number of Stones 14
Measurements 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.49 mm
Total Carat Weight 1.54ctw
Victorian red guilloche enamel snake bangle, the head is set with old-cut diamonds and rubies with red enamel set to the body and tail, with diamond detail to the three hinges.
Lots 320 and 322 were, by family tradition, given by Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916) as wedding gifts to Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria (1878-1960), on her marriage in 1903 to Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein (1869-1955), thence by descent