Monday, 7 May 2012

Jewellery Auction

My attention has been drawn to an important auction being held at Geneva, Switzerland, on the 14-15th May, 2012.

Sotheby's are holding a Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale comprising over 580 lots, including jewellery which once belonged to Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry DBE.

The sale will also feature jewels signed by the greatest makers of the 20th century, including Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston and Van Cleef and Arpels.

Lots 480-488 shall be of particular interest because these items once belonged to the late Lady Mairi Bury, youngest child of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Londonderry.

In this Diamond Jubilee Year, I feel the item to highlight would be Lot 484 (above), being Edith Londonderry's diamond and blue enamel brooch with the "RHG" monogram of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) which was her husband Charles Viscount Castlereagh's (subsequently 7th Marquess of Londonderry) regiment - and into which regiment both Prince William & Prince Harry were commissioned in recent years.

On the back of this regimental brooch is the inscription "To Lady Castlereagh from Four brother Officers - Windsor 1901".

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