The Fountain aigrette worn by Elizaveta Petrovna and her descendants. Elizaveta Petrovna (1709-1761), the daughter of Peter the Great, loved brooches and had many of them made for her in a variety of styles and fashions. This piece in the form of a fountain of sapphires with diamond drops is called an Aigrette and was worn on a hat or as a hair clip. The aigrette comes in a set with massive Fountain earrings. They looked particularly striking in motion.
Up for sale is a pair of estate sapphire & diamond earrings.
These earrings are made of 18K white gold.
These earrings feature large size sapphires with strong blue color. The sapphires have diamond rows around them and the earrings have a star like design.
The sapphires weigh approximately 6.0 carats; they have dark blue color and natural inclusions showing. They could be untreated.
The diamonds weigh approximately 3.50 carats; they are G to H color and VS clarity.
This estate pair is in good condition.
Each earring measures 19.6 x 18.2mm (0.77 x 0.71 inch).
The weight of these earrings is 15.2 grams.
Presented is a fine pair of diamond & sapphire platinum & 18K white gold drop earrings.
These magnificent earrings feature a pair of cushion cut blue sapphires with large diamonds around them. These earrings are what call Red Carpet type, such fine sapphires and diamonds in this design are as rich as they get.
The earrings too had to be special made for the sapphires and surrounding stones making them unique and rare.
The diamonds in these earrings weigh 6.26 carats total, they are G to H color and VS to VVS clarity.
The sapphires are cushion cut, they weigh 13.02 carats total; they show a Royal blue color and they have light natural inclusions. Under magnification, these sapphires look like they are also unheated which makes them more valuable.
These earrings, as said, were hand made in platinum & 18K white gold weighing 13 grams total.
A pair of mystery-set sapphire and diamond ear pendants, by Van Cleef & Arpels.
A pair of mystery-set sapphire and diamond ear pendants, by Van Cleef & Arpels, the inventor of this innovative technique, was featured in Christie’s historic auction of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. ‘The stories they could tell…,’ muses Burstein, speaking of the earrings once owned by the Hollywood icon.
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.
A 19th-century sapphire and diamond bracelet.
This stylish pair of 18k white gold dangle earrings, feature 24 blue sapphires, of exquisite color, weighing .91 carat, 12 tanzanite stones, of exquisite color, weighing 6.20 carats total, 2 blue topaz stones, of exquisite color, weighing 18.40 carats total with 12 round brilliant cut white diamonds, F color, VS2 clarity and excellent cut and brilliance, weighing .14 carats total.
18k White Gold Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Tanzanite and Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings