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Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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Impressive sapphire and diamond brooch, circa 1900
Claw-set at the centre with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 30.70 carats, within a border of circular-cut diamonds, detachable brooch fitting, together with a later pendant fitting and chain, Austrian assay and partial maker's marks.
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Accompanied by SSEF report no. 93529, stating that the sapphire is of Ceylon origin, with no indications of heating.

Provenance

Given by Princess Isabelle de Croÿ, Archduchess Frédéric of Austria (1856-1931), to her daughter, Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria (1882-1940), on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Elie de Bourbon-Parme (1880-1959) in 1903.

"Un écrin en cuir rouge foncé contenant une grande broche, gros saphir entouré de 12 beaux diamants. Cette broche peut être portée comme fermoir du grand collier de perles. Elle m'a été donnée comme cadeau de noces par ma mère l'Archiduchesse Isabelle d'Autriche". 

[A dark red leather case containing a large brooch, a large sapphire framed with 12 nice diamonds. This brooch can be worn as the clasp of the large pearl necklace. This was given to me as a wedding gift by my mother, Archduchess Isabelle of Austria].

Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme

Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family

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