A King’s first love: The Mancini Pearls

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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.

The Mancini Pearls

Vintage Estate Tiffany & Co. 18K Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire Link Bracelet

 

 

Vintage Estate 18K Yellow Gold 0.80ctw Blue Sapphire Diamond Link Bracelet

Vintage Estate 18K Yellow Gold 0.80ctw Blue Sapphire Diamond Link Bracelet
Price:US $2,999.99

Gemstone Details
Stone Type
Blue Sapphire
Stone Cut Round
Number of Stones 14
Measurements 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.49 mm
Total Carat Weight 1.54ctw

Item Specifics
Maker Tiffany & Co.
Gender Ladies
Composition 18K Yellow Gold (Tested & Guaranteed)
Length
7.50″
Width 10.05mm
Weight 44.2 Grams
Markings Tiffany & Co, 18K












Victorian Red Enamel Diamond Gold Snake Bangle Bracelet

 

 

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.




Victorian Red Enamel Diamond Gold Snake Bangle Bracelet
Victorian Red Enamel Diamond Gold Snake Bangle Bracelet







An Antique Ruby and Diamond Tiara

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Composed of five oval-shaped ruby and diamond clusters to the diamond-set panels of foliate design, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1860, 19.6 cm. inner circumference

Provenance

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 




AN ANTIQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND TIARA
AN ANTIQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND TIARA

AN ANTIQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND TIARA