‘The Andean Cross’, carved from one piece of emerald, one of a kind gem - are presented to Princess Beatrice, from Queen Victoria.
Above in the picture Princess Beatrice wearing the famous emerald cross on the occassion of the baptims of Infanta Beatrice in 1909.
The baptism present to Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Princess of Civitella-Cesi ,Doña Beatriz Isabel Federica Alfonsa Eugénie Cristina Maria Teresia Bienvenida Ladislàa de Borbón y Battenberg; 22 June 1909 – 22 November 2002 was a daughter of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, wife of Alessandro Torlonia, 5th Prince di Civitella-Cesi.
A mystery is solved: when Infanta Beatrice was christened, the baptism gift from her grandmother was the Imperial Andean Emerald Cross.
It was a long time puzzle, on which way this jewel is gone to the Spanish royal family and on which occasion.
In 1909 the Infantas christening was the point, in later time Princess Beatrice lent the emerald cross from her granddaughter, and it was not in the possession of Queen Ena, which wore it seldom, she lent it also from her child......
We see also in the picture a large diamond necklace the gift to Queen Victoria Eugenia, Ena Battenberg the mother of the baby. The Andean Cross is in the center of the display.
Above with her youngest daughter she married Paul-Annick Weiller in1965.
The Andean Cross was sold in 1937 from the Princess Torlonia to bought by Mr Simon Patiño.
The family bought the emerald cross back probably in 1975, when Mrs Patino sold it to Van Cleef and Arpels.