|Cartier diamond brooch circa 1925.|
All this on the heels of a new book released entitled, 20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style by world renown jewelry historian Stefano Papi and the senior director of Sotheby's Alexandra Rhodes. It features collections from eleven of some of the most rich and glamorous women who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the early and mid 20th century. Profiling the likes of The Duchess of Windsor, Barbara Hutton (photo below), Maria Callas, Lady Detering and Marjorie Merriweather Post, whose collections are beyond staggering and I am smitten.
Here is a sample of the glorious pieces up for auction. Any buyers?
|Platinum/18kt gold emerald and diamond ring sold for $4.6 million.|
|Pear-shaped pink diamond sold for $3 million at Phillips' auction last month.|
|Rare Egyptian-Revival Faiance brooch circa 1923 sold for $1 million.|
|From India's Golconda mines, this $10.9 million ring has an internally flawless diamond.|
|Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton is wearing a necklace belonging to Marie Antoinette.|
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