Jewelery has been in the family for more than 200 years and has been sold by the descendants of Queen Marie-Antoinette. She had already sent a piece of her jewelry to her cousins before being executed during the French Revolution.
When it comes to jewelry that has a cultural historical value, you can not just look at the material value of jewelry, "says Nina Vesterlund, a jewelry specialist at the auction house Bukovskis in Helsinki.
– Authenticity, that is, the story is what it costs here too. The jewel is owned and carried by Marie-Antoinette, has a royal provenance, says Vesterlund.
Jewelry has sold much more than a refund, for example, the beads in the form of droplets have been sold for more than $ 36 million (about 32 million) at the Sothebiya auction in Geneva on Wednesday. The price sought is between one and two million dollars.
Nina Vesterlund is a specialist in the auction house Bukovskis.
The woman stands in front of the brick.
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France's French Queen Marie-Antoinette was executed during the French Revolution. She should have sent at least some of the jewelry to her relatives before she was executed. The jewelry sold on Wednesday was owned by the descendants for 200 years.
"It's fascinating to read how they are inherited from person to person and look at the quality of jewelry, see how diamonds break up and see how diamonds are placed and how you worked at the time," says Vesterlund.
You can read about the history of jewelry (in English) on the website of Sotheby's auction house.
The craft was different 200 years ago
As jewelry from the 1700s differs from how it is done today, says Vesterlund. Diamonds are not ground to the exact angles and facets, so everyone has a different size and are quite asymmetrical.
"Looking at the diamond today, you should be judged to be quite low in terms of quality, especially in terms of grinding. But then the whole thing was important, jewelry has immense symmetry and balance when looking at the whole, says Vesterlund.
According to Westerland, diamonds in jewelry come mainly from India, because from there you have diamonds at that time.
"Beads are all natural pearls, that is, they are mostly no longer because they are protected," says Vesterlund.
The collection at the auction also included other jewelry from the Marie-Antoinette jewelry.
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The multi-pearl pearl necklace has many pearls that are similar in size and shape, which fascinates Vesterlund.
– Finding natural pearls of the size of almost the same shape and quite the same size is fascinating. If someone thinks that he really worried them one by one, then they found many similarities, says Vesterlund.