These sumptuous pearls were given by Marie-Antoinette to Lady Sutherland, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, the wife of the British ambassador for safekeeping. Lady Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, is believed to have aided King Louis XVI and his family’s failed flight from France on 20 June 1791
Essen crown. The small crown is the oldest surviving crown of lilies in Europe. It is stored for almost a millennium in the Essen treasury. It was used until the 16th century at the coronation of the Golden Madonna at the Candlemas on February 2nd. The gold band with 4 lilies is decorated with filigree patterns of coupled gold wires, set with pearls and precious stones. The crown was created at the second half of the 11th century. The origin of the crown is unclear.
Marie Feodorovna's Wave necklace, probably, by Cartier. It is often said this necklace could be converted into a tiara but actually this necklace and tiara were definitely two separate jewels. In the famous photograph made by the Soviets for inventory purposes both the tiara and the necklace appear. A brooch, necklace and tiara formed a parure, which today's existence is under the question.
Marie Antoinette Necklace from De Beers definitely ranks among the world's most expensive necklaces. The necklace features more than 181 carats of diamonds, including a monster 8 carat, pear-shaped white diamond as a centerpiece. All of the jewels are set in platinum.
The legendary 16th century pearl, La Peregrina, a gift from Philip of Spain to Mary I. A part of the crown jewels of Spain for generations and ranks as one of the most important historic pearls in the world. This pearl maybe seen, worn by Mary I., in her portraits. It was purchased by Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor in 1969. Recently sold for $11,842,500.00.