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The Royal Tidbits: King Farouk Jewelry Collection

As we have discussed last week, King Farouk was a collector of everything rare and fabulous. Today we'll have a look at some pieces of his majesty's jewellery collection:

The Farouk’s Piaguet & Capt watch:

This watch is known as “the King Farouk Shepherdess Automaton” and dates to circa 1805- 1810 and is thought to have been made for the Chinese market, it’s made of three-colour gold and pearls with  the background printed with enamel. What makes this timepiece exceptional is that it boasts seven movements; the shepherdess moves her hand up and down, the animals raise and lower their heads and the water wheel moves with the water represented by glass rods.

The watch was sold in 2009 in an auction in Geneva for 690 thousand dollars, believed to have been sold in the famous 1957 auction in Cairo, this rare watch was most probably a bargain for a few pounds back then.

Jar's Paris Emerald:


While it's known for some people that the ring itself belonged to King Farouk, the truth is that it never was, actually the ring was made years after Farouk went to exile. However, the emerald was Farouk's property, it's a cabochon Colombian emerald weighing 27 carats, it's thought that it was purchased by Farouk of Egypt in the 1940's, after the revolution, this gem found a new owner, Lúcia Moreira Salles, a Chanel and Valentino model and also a socialist as she was the third wife of Brazilian banker and politician Walter Moreira Salles. Lucia purchased the emerald by Pat Saling, a New York based jeweler and jewelry dealer.

Lucia had Jar Paris mounting the huge emerald for her as a ring, Jar's set the emerald in platinum and surrounded it with diamonds, the ring is signed JAR and LMS ( Lucia's name).

Lúcia Moreira Salles rings

Lucia died in 2009, and in the same year her jewelry collection was sold by Sotheby's in New York, this ring was sold for $542,000. Lucia Moreira Salles had two other rings in the same style and by Jar's Paris too, one in diamond and was sold for $ 722,500 and another one with a ruby which was sold for $ 410,500.

The Van Cleef and Arpels Ruby Feuilles Earrings:
Van Cleef & Arpels © Patrick Gries

This pair of earrings was made in 1950 by Van Cleef and Arpels for King Farouk. The earrings are made of baguette diamonds, and rubies mounted in gold and platinum, later the earrings were purchased by Van Cleef and Arpels either in one of the auctions or by a dealer. Anyway, it’s now in Van Cleef and Arpels private collection. I personally think these earrings were purchased to be a gift for Queen Narriman since pieces that are made by order like this one aren't exactly collectibles but they're precious, nevertheless.

Egyptian Revival Bracelet:

We talked about it HERE before , King Farouk purchased this 1925 bracelet from Harry Winston the jeweler in the late 40’s, Winston was wise enough to send his boys to the auctions in Egypt to get the jewels. The bracelet is composed of rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds mounted in platinum. In the 60’s Richard Burton purchased the bracelet from Winston as a gift for  Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, Elizabeth wore this bracelet few times, most memorably in 1987 in Cannes Film Festival, she paired the amazing bracelet with a red Nolan Miller gown as she was accompanied by George Hamilton, Last year the bracelet was sold in her jewelry auction for over 800 thousand dollars.

Which is your favorite piece of these?

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  1. Thanks for sharing these antique jewelry pieces. A normal person may not bid for the precious items,but these designs will remain in his mind while shopping for stylish and antique jewelry pieces.

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