The royal and imperial collection resurfaces, astonishingly pristine and with all its pieces in their original design, for the first time in nearly a century, having only been recently discovered hidden away in a bank vault.
….another joyful event in Court was the welcoming home of H.R.H. the Duke and Duchess of Connaught from India.
On her Majestys State Ball: The Duchess of Connaught wore a lovely yellow gown and an Indian necklet of uncut emeralds and Oriental pearls.
Emeralds from the Sultan Abdul Hamid -Cartier-the Maharaja of Nawanagar -Princess Anastasia of Greece -Harry Winston to Mrs Heidi Horten
Muzo emeralds are found in the Muzo mines of Colombia.
The journey of the Sultan’s collection of muzo emeralds from its origins in the Ottoman Empire to its current place in the possession of Mrs. Heidi Horten has been a long and fascinating one. The emerald was initially part of a collection owned by Abdul Hamid II, the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire. When the sultan was forced to abdicate in 1909, his collection of gems was sold at auction in Paris, and his emeralds were purchased by Cartier.
Over the years, the emerald changed hands several times, eventually ending up in the possession of Harry Winston. In 1959, Winston purchased a collection of 17 emeralds from the Maharaja of Nawanagar, six of which were used to create a necklace that included the Sultan’s emerald.
The necklace, which also included pear-shaped and round diamonds, was valued at one and a half million dollars at the time of its creation. Although several potential buyers expressed interest, only one South American seriously negotiated for it, but he ultimately decided to invest his money elsewhere.
The necklace was eventually sold to a European connoisseur, who had it mounted in its current form.
Mr. Horten later purchased the necklace for his wife, who wore it until her death in 2022. Now, the necklace is set to be offered at auction at Christie’s in Geneva in May 2023.
The story of the Sultan’s emeralds is a testament to the enduring appeal of rare and beautiful gems. Despite changing hands many times over the years, the necklace has remained a coveted piece of jewelry, admired for its exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance.
For the details of the history:::
Mr Horten’s jewel presents to his wife:
Heidi Horten Important Jewels | The Briolette of India Diamond and Necklace |Briolette-cut diamond of 90.38ct
Heidi Horten Jewels | Three Strand Natural Pearl Necklace by Harry Winston with cushion shaped pink diamond clasp of 11 carats
The wedding gift of Mr Horten to his young wife was the extraordinary blue diamond, „the Wittelsbacher Blue Diamond“
Amethyst Diamond Cross Necklace, Imperial Jewels | Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna.
Grand Duchess Kirill Romanov |Vladimirovitch Romanov| Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
Princess Anastasia Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro 1868-1935 was the third (of eight)daughter of King Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro 1841–1921 and his wife, Queen Milena 1847–1923.
She became Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia when she married Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich in 1907 after a longtime friendship, when she was still the wife of Duke of Leuchtenberg.
Her husband, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, was a descendant of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia (1796–1855) he was his grandson through a direct male line. His mother was Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna Romanova, she sold half of her emerald parure for building a monastery, the rest she gave to her son. We could see one of the ornaments of the large emeralds with ivy leaf ornaments worn by Grand Duchess Anastasia, below.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaijevna| Princess of Montenegro | Duchess of Leuchtenberg | Romanov Emeralds of the Nikolaevich
Born Duchess Alexandra Frederica Wilhelmina of Oldenburg.
2 June 1838 – 25 April 1900 was a great-granddaughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia and the wife of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, the elder.
Patiala Diamond Collar Necklace| Famous Mughal India Jewels
The Collar of white and yellow diamonds was made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala,
The story behind royal jewels……