Marie-Louise, Archduchess of Austria, niece of Marie Antoinette, second wife of Napoleon and mother of his son, the King of Rome, is as unpopular today in France as she was two centuries ago. Her marriage to Napoleon in 1810 marked the beginning of the end of the Emperor’s glory. Indeed, many blamed her for contributing to his downfall.
A 19th century sapphire and diamond tiara
After Napoleon’s first abdication in 1814, Marie-Louise returned to her native Austria where her father, Emperor Francis II, made provision for her to have a quiet life. After the death of the Empress in 1847, her jewels remained in the Austrian imperial family, and a number of them were put up for sale at Christie’s during the 19th and 20th centuries.
After sales at Christie’s in 1894 and 1959, an ensemble of jewelry in sapphires and diamonds was offered in London in July of 1961. The provenance in the catalog mentions Marie-Louise, although the composite style of the jewels suggests that certain elements may have been remounted at various times.
A pair of 19th-century sapphire and diamond brooches.
This lovely antique bracelet was made in France near the end of the Victorian era. The gently curved panel was hand carved in silver, backed with solid 18k gold and set with glittery rose cut diamonds, an old mine cut diamond and genuine sapphires. The edges are all finely millgrained to enhance the delicate nature of the design. The contrast of the bright, sparkling diamonds against the darkened silver is quite beautiful and lends an elegant femininity in such a way that isn’t too showy. The jeweled centerpiece connects at either end to a unique chain link bracelet that is also silver atop gold. The French hallmarks are located on each of the last bracelet links as well as on the clasp itself. The clasp holds very tightly and there is a safety mechanism on the side for added security. The length is 6-3/4” and the width at the widest point is 1/2”. This is such a stunning piece of jewelry that you really need no special occasion to justify wearing it! In fact, it’s dainty scale makes quite easy to wear casually. However it would also make a wonderful wedding bracelet!
These are a few of the many gorgeous sapphire and diamond estate rings that can be found online, or by actually going to an estate sale. Great prices can be found on sapphire jewelry at estate sales and auctions. Many times you can find stunning designs that are one of kind, and will never be created again.
These are a few of the many pieces of gorgeous sapphire and diamond estate jewelry that can be found online, or by actually going to an estate sale. Great prices can be found on sapphire jewelry at estate sales and auctions. Many times you can find stunning designs that are one of kind, and will never be created again. These gorgeous rings have been someone’s treasure for a long time, and many are considered antiques or vintage jewelry. Now you can be the owner of such treasures with a little time and effort in seeking them out. The enjoyment one gets from hunting for such gorgeous treasures can be as much or more fun as wearing these exquisite pieces of jewelry. Estate jewelry can be a rare find, and seeking these treasures will leave you with a satisfaction rarely achieved by many individuals.
This is a absolutely stunning estate ring that was made from platinum in the Art Deco style. The age is unknown. The ring is set with 1 European cut diamond of J (or better) color, VVS clarity that weighs approx. .95 ct. I can not find a single inclusions with my jeweler’s loupe. The diamond measures 6.75 mm with the bezel setting and it is 4.53 mm deep. The ring is additionally set with 52 single cut diamonds of H-I-J color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .40 ctw. These diamonds range in size from .005 -to .03 ct. The ring is detailed with 38 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 1.20 ctw. These sapphires are cabochon cuts in various fancy shapes and of the finest quality. The head of the ring measures 9/16” square and it sits almost 3/8” high. The ring size is a 7.75 and the total weight is 5.7 grams.
This is a Gorgeous and original antique ring that was made in the Art Deco style during the 1930s. It is handmade from Platium. The ring is set with 1 round old mine cut diamond (center) of L color, VVS1 clarity that weighs approx. 1.25 ct. The color is in the faint yellow color range and I can not find a single inclusions when using my 10x jeweler’s loupe. It has a tiny tiny nick on the table facet that can not be seen with the naked eye. This diamond measures 7.6 mm with the bezel setting and it is 3.45 mm deep.
The center diamond is framed with 22 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. .50 ctw. These sapphires are near square shaped and channel set with a darker blue color. The ring is detailed with 36 rose cut diamonds that weigh approx. .38 ctw. These diamonds are white and clear and they have a spread of .01 ct to .04 ct.
This is an original antique cocktail ring that was made in the Art Deco style during the 1930s. It is handmade from Platinum and originates from France. It has the Mker’s mark ‘LIF’ and a worn ‘PARIS’ stamp. The ring is centrally set with 1 Old European Cut Diamond of G color, SI1 clarity that weighs approx. 1.0 carat. This diamonds has one pinpoint inclusions in the center, but you have to know it is there to find it. Otherwise, this diamond is completely clear and would have a VVS grade. I can not grasp it to get a precise measurement, but it is very close to 6.45 mm in diameter by 4 mm deep.
The ring is also set with 46 roundish old mine cut diamonds of F-G-H color, SI to I clarity that weigh approx. 1.26 ctw. The total diamond weight is approx. 2.26 ctw. The ring is detailed with 40 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 1.30 ctw. These sapphires are French cut and channel set of the finest quality.
This is an estate cocktail/engagement ring that was made in the Art Deco Style from Platinum. The mounting is post 1950 and the center diamond is an original antique. The ring is centrally bezel-set with 1 European Cut Diamond of J color, I2 clarity that weighs approx. 1.15 ctw. This diamond measures approx. 6.7 mm in diameter and it is 4.27 mm deep. In my opinion, this is the ideal I2 clarity stone. The frame and shoulders of the ring are set with 41 brilliant cut diamonds of G – H color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .82 ctw. The total diamonds weight is approx. 1.97 ctw.
The ring is detailed with a natural blue sapphire halo that is set channel set with 20 sapphires. There are an additional 4 sapphires set in the shoulders. The sapphires are fancy shaped and French cut weighing approx. 1.20 ctw.
This is a fabulous cocktail ring that was made in the Art Deco style from Platinum. The age is unknown. The ring is centrally bezel-set with 1 marquise cut diamonds of J color, VS or better clarity that weighs .63 ct. and the weight is engraved in the shank. It measures close to 9 x 5.2 x 2.38 mm and I can not find any inclusions with a 10x jeweler’s loupe. The ring is also set with 12 roundish old mine cut diamonds of H color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .38 ctw. The total diamond weight is approx. 1.01 ctw. The ring is detailed with 34 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 2.0 ctw. These sapphires are fancy shaped French cuts that are channel set and of the finest quality. The marquise shaped head of the ring measure 1” north to south by 7/16” at the widest point. The total weight is 5.8 grams and the ring size is a 7. The lower gallery is finely detailed.