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An Auction of Royal Proportions

In two weeks’ time, Sotheby’s will auction off a diverse assortment of precious objects with one common thread tying them together.  Every piece up for auction on February 24 bears a link to royal or aristocratic European collections. This sale is not exclusively for jewelry, but jewels are certainly well represented. Among the silverware, paintings, and candelabras, there are lots with brooches, earrings, and charms.  The most notable pieces share a history: descending from the Russian Grand Duchess Marie to her niece, the German Crown Princess Cecile, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and on further to Cecile’s daughter-in-law, Princess Dorothea of Prussia.

These pieces include a stylish brooch, shaped into two interlocking ovals; the ovals are studded with circular-cut rose diamonds. Another sample from this selection is a set of earrings, each with a large aquamarine gem that dangles from a gray knob. The gem is framed by a pear-shaped outline of small diamonds, inlaid in gold. Whether you plan to bid or not, it’s worthwhile to take a look at these incredible artifacts, saturated in history.

Be sure to browse through this wonderful selection: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2015/of-royal-and-noble-descent-l15306.html

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