Russian royal gems, rare coloured diamonds on Geneva auction block - Sotheby's

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GENEVA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Russian royal jewels smuggled retired of the state during the 1917 revolution, alongside uncommon coloured diamonds, are connected connection astatine auction adjacent week successful Geneva, looking for deep-pocketed collectors emerging from the pandemic.

An orange-pink diamond weighing 25.62 carats, estimated astatine 3.6 cardinal to 5.38 cardinal Swiss francs ($3.9 cardinal to $5.9 million), acceptable successful a ring, is the prima batch astatine auction location Sotheby's semi-annual jewellery merchantability successful the Swiss metropolis connected Nov. 10.

"A beauteous crystal, it's a fantastic colour with a small spot of orangish but not excessively much, truthful it's a precise subtle colour," Olivier Wagner, caput of merchantability and jewellery adept astatine Sotheby's Geneva, told Reuters successful the showroom successful a lakeside hotel.

"The marketplace is presently precise dynamic and aft the pandemic radical are precise keen to bargain jewellery contiguous and to bargain thing tangible they tin enjoy."

For collectors of historical gems, a ample oval sapphire and diamond brooch and matching earclips from the jewellery container of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, the aunt of the past Russian Emperor Nicholas II, is backmost connected the block.

A unit wears an orange-pink diamond ringing weighing 25.62 carats, a tourmaline and diamond ringing weighing 9.88 carats and a yellowish diamond ringing weighing 25.88 carats, during a preview astatine Sotheby's, earlier their auction merchantability successful Geneva, Switzerland, November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

"They belonged to the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia who was the queen of societal beingness successful St. Petersburg. She was the woman of the Grand Duke Vladimir, truthful the lad of the tsar (Alexander II), and she had a fantastic postulation of jewels," Wagner said.

The royal set, entrusted to her person the British diplomat Albert Henry Stopford, who took them to London for safekeeping on with different jewels, is estimated astatine 280,000-480,000 francs, the auction location said.

Pavlovna escaped from revolutionary Russia and died successful France successful 1920. Her brooch and earrings are being sold by a European princely household who bought them astatine auction successful 2009, the auction location said.

Sotheby's is broadening its luxury week, with a "Fashion Through Time" online merchantability aimed astatine younger collectors, wherever tons see handbags named for movie stars Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin, and sneakers worn by the precocious NBA prima Kobe Bryant.

His yellowish and achromatic Nike shoes, U.S. size 14, are estimated astatine 25,000-35,000 Swiss francs. ($1 = 0.9130 Swiss francs)

Additional reporting by Cecile Mantovani; editing by Alex Richardson

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