Three magnificent sapphires auctioned at Christie’s
Sapphire Jewellery Sydney
The Rockefeller Sapphire
In 2001 Christie’s sold the 62.02 carat Burmese cornflower blue rectangular Rockefeller Sapphire. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had bought it in 1934 from the Nizam of Hyderabad through the New York jeweller Raymond Yard. In the 1940s Rockefeller asked Pierre Cartier to recut the stone into this unique shape and mount it as a brooch for his wife, Abby, and in the 1950s Raymond Yard reset it in a ring for Rockefeller’s second wife, Martha. The jewellery from John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s estate was sold in Zurich after his death, and then resold, repolished and remounted several times,. Christie’s sold it in New York as a ring set in platinum with cut-cornered triangular-cut diamonds.
The Queen of Romania Sapphire
This giant rectangular cushion-shaped Sri Lankan sapphire weighing 478.68 carats was set by Cartier in a sautoir in 1913 and then reset by them as a drop hanging from a diamond necklace in 1919, the showstopper piece in their Autumn Show in San Sebastian, Spain. Two years later King Ferdinand of Romania bought it for his consort Queen Marie, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and of Tsar Alexander II. Queen Marie wore the necklace the following year for King Ferdinand’s coronation and also for her portrait by Philip de Laszlo in 1924. The sapphire was sold, probably in 1947, to New York jeweller Harry Winston by the Queen’s grandson King Michael when he abdicated and left Romania. Winston then sold the sapphire pendant to a rich Greek, who presented it to the Greek queen consort, Friederike, wife of King Paul and mother of King Constantine. It is one of the largest historic sapphires in the world.
Elizabeth Taylor’s sapphire and diamond sautoir
“Bulgari is the only word Elizabeth knows in Italian,” actor Richard Burton once said. Created by Bulgari, Burton gave this magnificent necklace with the 52.72 sugarloaf cabochon sapphire pendant that can be worn as a brooch to Taylor in 1969. In 2011 Christie’s auctioned the necklace, which went for way over the estimate , back to Bulgari, where it is now part of the Bulgari Heritage Collection.
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