Sotheby’s Geneva to Sell the Most Important Emerald & Diamond Tiara

queen victoria's emerald circlet

talk about tiaras of envy! I must have one! How many books would I have to sell in order to out-bid everyone else?

Has anyone read Fifty Shades of Grey? (I haven’t.) I’m pretty good at writing that erotica malarkey, though my rigorous academia taught me to shun stuff like that for magic realism…the hell with it. I’d sell out for a tiara. Using a nom de plume of course.

If you had a pen-name, what would you pick? Would you do the old “stripper name” formula? First pet’s name + first street you lived on? Tiger Herman? Sounds like a hit-man. Back to the drawing board.

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GENEVA. David Bennett, Sotheby’s Chairman of Jewellery for Europe and the Middle East, today announced that Sotheby’s will sell the most valuable emerald and diamond Tiara to have appeared at auction in over 30 years in its sale of Magnificent and Noble Jewels in Geneva on the 17th May 2011. Estimated to sell for £3.1-6.2 million (CHF 4.5- 9 million / $5-10 million), the Highly Important and Extremely Rare Emerald and Diamond Tiara is composed of 11 exceptionally rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats in total, which may well have originally adorned the neck of a Maharajah. These emeralds are also believed to have been in the personal collection of Empress Eugénie. This tiara was commissioned, possibly from the renowned jewelers Chaumet, by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck for his second wife Princess Katharina (1862-1929). The jewellery collection of the Donnersmarcks was known…

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Connecticut-based jewelry monger, history buff, Mets fan. On the hum-drum side, call me a lauded poet, novelist and ghost-writer. (That's right, I haunt prose.)
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