Sotheby's announced in June that it would be holding an auction during the autumn season that features jewelry pieces of historical significance. “Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma Family” will be auctioning pieces that were once in possession of Queen Marie Antoinette, King Charles X of France, the archdukes of Austria and the dukes of Parma. The auction will be taking place in Geneva on November 14th.
Sotheby's unveiled an opulent pair of earrings that will sell for between $200,000 and $300,000. The natural pearl and diamond earrings previously belonged to Marie Antionette.
Another one of Antionette's possessions includes a six-strand pearl necklace complete with an unaltered clasp as well as five large and 18 smaller natural pearls. The piece could go for $5,000 and $8,000 and was later commissioned by the Bourbon-Parma family, who had it strung with cultured pearls.
Marie Antionette's descendants were passed down a diamond ring with her visage imprinted on it. The piece is estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000.