A tiara worn at the coronation of Elizabeth II sold for 1 million euros

An exceptional tiara set with diamonds from Bessborough was offered at auction this Wednesday as part of a week of jewelry sales organized in Geneva (Switzerland). The object made by the French jeweler Chaumet for the wife of the Governor General of Canada was particularly coveted, reports France 24. The latter wore it during two coronations of British monarchs: Those of King George VI in 1937 and Elizabeth II in 1953.

A jewel that has its place in history

The jewel weighing 136.5 g was sold for 945,000 Swiss francs, or around 970,000 euros. The Art Deco-style platinum tiara was described as “a work of art” and “a piece of history” by Max Fawcett, head of jewelery at Christie’s in Geneva, in charge of the sale. It was not, however, the most expensive object offered at auction.

Eleven of the lots sold during the week were purchased for over $1 million each. This is notably the case of the “Bulgari Laguna Blu”, a blue diamond weighing 11.16 carats. The precious stone changed hands for 22.6 million Swiss francs (just over 23 million euros). “Star of Egypt”, an unmounted diamond of 105.52 carats, was sold for 2.7 million Swiss francs, or 2.77 million euros.

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