An emerald and diamond ring that when belonged to the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, have offered for $46,250 at an public sale in Belfast. The set was a present from Simpson’s husband, the Duke of Windsor, who abdicated as king.
After Simpson, the jewellery set was then offered to socialite Esther McCreery who met the Duke and Duchess by way of her position as a liaison for the American Embassy within the Bahamas.
The sale exceeded Karl Bennett’s, managing director of Bloomfield Auctions, expectations by $10,000. “I’m delighted with what the emerald and diamond bracelet and ring has fetched at public sale,” he mentioned based on the Irish Information. “The pair is essentially the most gorgeous merchandise of bijou I’ve ever had on sale on the public sale home.”
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An unique handwritten letter by the late Queen Elizabeth II addressed to lord Plunkett for his engagement was additionally offered for $1,200.
Wallis Simpson is thought to have had a powerful assortment of jewels–a lot, that it was dubbed the “various Crown Jewels.” Some standout items in her assortment included an onyx and diamond panther bracelet by Cartier; a ruby and sapphire brooch given to Simpson by the Prince of Wales; and a ruby and diamond Cartier bracelet that offered for $2.15 million at public sale in 2021.
The primary sale of Wallis Simpson’s jewellery got here a yr after her demise. The public sale was held by Sotheby’s in massive tents pitched outdoors of Beau-Rivage lodge on the banks of Lake Geneva and introduced in additional than $30 million.
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