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Above is the engagement ring of Queen Geraldine, a 29ct emerald-cut diamond which was sold by the Royal family in the 1970s.
Another present to Her Majesty, Queen Geraldine, purchased by His Majesty, King Zog I, was the
IMPORTANT ART DECO DIAMOND BRACELET, BY MARIANNE OSTIER
The wide flexible bracelet, composed of a series of three pavé-set diamond pierced plaques, each centering upon an old European-cut diamond, flanked by baguette-cut diamonds, to the similarly-set geometric trim, joined by navette-shaped links of similar design, mounted in platinum, circa 1938, 7½ ins., with French assay marks and maker's mark, in a Oesterreicher Wien purple suede fitted case.
Signed Oesterreicher Wien. Sold on behalf of the Royal Family by Ostier, Inc., 1960. The bracelet came to auction again in 2004 at Christie's.
Probably a wedding gift from King Zog I to Queen Geraldine and worn by the Queen for her marriage to King Zog on 27 April 1938 was
AN IMPRESSIVE ART DECO DIAMOND DOUBLE-CLIP BROOCH, BY MARIANNE OSTIER
Each clip designed as a pavé-set diamond scrolling openwork plaque, enhanced by a baguette-cut diamond spray, surmounted by an old European-cut diamond, accented by baguette and old European-cut diamond floret trim, mounted in platinum, (accompanied by brooch fittings and an ivory-handled tool), circa 1938, in a Oesterreicher Wien purple suede fitted case
Signed Oesterreicher Wien. Sold for the Royal Family by Ostier, Inc., 1960
In 1938, King Zog purchased the magnificent Art Deco diamond bracelet and the double-clip brooch as gifts for his Queen, from Ostier, official jewelers to the Albanian royal court.
Each jewel epitomizes the design of the late Art Deco period, with its bold, all-white style. In 1960, Ostier was commissioned by the King and Queen to sell these pieces, along with others from her personal collection, to aid Albanian refugees fleeing from their homeland. Since that time, they had remained in a private collection until the 2004 Christie's auction.
The history of the tiara >>
On January 6, 1971 the Australian Women's Weekly published a story about white tie and tiaras. The story stated:
Tiaras can also make an evening. About four years ago, Elmer Bobst, chairman of a pharmaceutical company, came home and said to his wife: "I think you are going to like something I got for you." The something was, according to Mrs. Bobst, "a not large but beautiful and decorative" tiara with a ram and flower design in diamonds on platinum. It was once owned by Queen Geraldine of Albania and Mrs Bobst wore it to a White House dinner in honour of her husband. "He really is a wonderful husband," she said earnestly. We think so too!
Sources: Australian Women's Weekly; Christie's
Thank you to Laura and Volker!
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