The Royal Shakmageya: Queen Nazli's Necklace Resurfaces!

The Royal Shakmageya is a new feature here for 2014. Shakmageya is a Turkish word which means a safe box or place. In Egypt, AlShakmageya is -or was- a wooden box carved in different motifs and usually adorned with ivory, copper and sometimes gold pieces where women used to keep their jewelry and the very important items. Shakmageyas vary in sizes and are now mostly used as gifts.



So we'll discuss the royal jewelry in this feature.


Last May in Geneva, Sotheby's "Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels" took place with some very important jewelry including the Sunburst tiara of Prince Leopold of Bavaria. In this sale was a diamond and ruby necklace that had once belonged to Queen Nazli.

The necklace was made in 1935 and was described on Sotheby's as:
Designed as a graduated series of scroll motifs set with circular-cut and baguette diamonds, highlighted with cabochon rubies, length approximately 400mm, detachable links, may be shortened to approximately 365mm, French assay marks, one small diamond deficient.

The necklace was estimated at 50,234 - 81,630$ but ended up fetching 117,735$ to a private buyer. 

The jeweler of this magnificent necklace is unknown though it was suggested to be Cartier. The design looks very Egyptian to me with these scrolls resembling rolled papyrus. Overall it reminds me of a few other pieces in the collection of the Egyptian royal family.

Unfortunately, there are no photos available of Queen Nazli wearing this necklace as many of the occasions, parties and galas that had the Egyptian royals wearing their grand jewels were private affairs with almost no photos, also keeping in mind that she probably bought it in 1935 while King Fouad was still alive which kept her behind doors (he was very protective and she was a bit too flamboyant)! But if you happen to have come across any picture with the Queen wearing it please feel free to share!

Stay tuned for another magnificent piece next week!



Photos: Sothebys.com, nilecommerce.net

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