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Duchess of Windsor Baroque Pearl Brooch

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A stunning pearl once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor takes center stage in this elegant brooch

Key Features

  • The Baroque pearl in this exceptional brooch once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor
  • This gem was part of the famous Sotheby's auction of the Duchess's jewelry in 1987
  • The jewel-encrusted natural pearl is joined by diamonds and pearls in this brooch

Item Details

  • Length:
    2 1/2 Inches
  • Stone:
A striking Baroque pearl once owned by the illustrious Duchess of Windsor, is the star of this pearl brooch, which has an impeccable provenance. The former Wallis Simpson was known around the world for her extravagant taste in jewelry, and this magnificent pearl was part of the historic Sotheby's auction of 1987, which raised $53.5 million, the world record for any single-owner collection of jewelry. Taken from the warm waters of the South Seas, this large natural saltwater pearl is adorned with a diamond-set gold serpent while green and near-colorless brilliants and a diamond cap accent its unique shape. A bar of four Baroque pearls join this highly important jewel to complete this elegant piece.

Mid-20th century

2 1/2" length

Wallis Simpson is one of the most famous, and infamous, women in modern history. Credited by many for nearly bringing down the British monarchy because of her relationship with Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII,  she has been the subject of books, movies, endless speculation and gossip, and was even Time Magazine's "Woman of the Year" in 1936. And her jewelry collection was second to none. Throughout their relationship and marriage, the Windsors marked special occasions with gifts, and exceptional gems, were always on order. The Duke of Windsor was as much an arbiter and follower of fashion as his wife and jewelry was a favorite of his. In fact, many of his collaborations with jewelers, including Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, which made their way into his wife's collection, were considered the forerunners of the post-War style. 

Pearls were a favorite of the royal couple. The duchess often wore them in a single or double strand necklace and was fond of wearing pearl and diamond drops. This particular pearl adorned a purse clasp, and we can be sure, as the Duchess was rarely without a satchel or clutch, that this one was worn by Her Grace on a number of occasions.

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Price: $140,000
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