The glittering ‘Beau Sancy’ diamond, centrepiece to a succession of regal crowns, is to enter non-royal hands for the first time later this week.

Online PR News – 18-May-2012 – Brierley Hill, West Midlands – The pear shaped Beau Sancy gem, weighing in at 34.98 carats, is not only a stunning example of diamond jewellery, but a piece of history in its own right. As a central setting in a number of coronation crowns, it has witnessed 400 years of European history, passing down through French, English, Danish and Prussian royalty.

The diamond, due to be auctioned in Geneva later this week, is expected to fetch up to £2.5 million. David Bennett of Sothebys believes that, thanks to its marriage of the royal past with dazzling beauty, it will be a particularly desirable item in the sale.
“The Beau Sancy is one of the most fascinating and romantic gems ever to appear at auction,” Bennett said. “One client I showed it to was moved to tears by it.”

The gem’s tenure as a royal centrepiece began over four centuries ago, when Henri IV of France bought it to adorn the crown of his wife, Marie de Medici, in 1604. It then passed into the hands of the Danish royalty when it was used as dowry in the wedding of William of Orange to Mary Stuart, daughter of Charles I of England.

It would then feature in the coronation crown of Frederick I, the first King of Prussia, in 1702, and has since remained within the House of Prussia – until now.
The gem will feature as a highlight in Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” sale on May 15. Other key pieces include a yellow diamond belonging to “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, pretender to the British throne, estimated to sell for around £250,000, and the prestigious Murat Tiara. In all, 580 lots will be auctioned.

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