Sotheby’s Auctions Off Beau Sancy Diamond
Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels will take place on May 15 in Geneva, auctioning off some of the world’s most precious and time period gems. The star of the show is a modified pear double rose cut diamond named the “Beau Sancy”. Passed down from the Royal Families of France, England, Prussia, and the House of Orange, it has seen over 400 years of rich European history. The international auction house says that the Beau Sancy is one of the most important historic diamonds ever to come to auction.
At 34.98 carats, this stunning gem comes onto the market at an estimate of between $2 to $4 million USD. Its origins are believed to be of the famous Golconda mines in southcentral India. Diamonds from the Golconda region are known to be of superior quality and size; famous diamonds hailing from this region include the Hope Diamond, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Regent.
The Beau Sancy derives its name from the estate of its first owner – Nicolas de Harlay, Lord of Sancy in Constantinople had acquired the gem in the mid 1500’s. It was then purchased by Henri IV of France to gift to his wife, Marie de Medici. It was mounted atop the crown she wore at her 1610 coronation, as shown in a portrait painted by Frans II Pourbus which is now displayed in the Louvre.
The Beau Sancy has been shown publicly only four times in the past 50 years, so this is an amazing opportunity for many to see this historic gem up close.
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