After Daphne Guiness‘ heartfelt explanation as to why she stopped the Isabella Blow sale, we were in dire need of a good fashion-related auction. Thankfully, Sotheby’s in London came through and announced the sale of 20 pieces of jewelry (many of them Cartier) made for Ms. Wallis Simpson (a.k.a. the Duchess Of Windsor) during her marriage to Edward VIII.
Our favorite piece would have to be the fabulously dramatic onyx and diamond panther bracelet — but the most intriguing piece would have to be the diamond cross bracelet. According to the Guardian, each of the nine charms of the bracelet signify a special moment in the couple’s relationship.
There is the marriage cross in sapphire, emerald and diamond, an aquamarine cross marking the day an Irish journalist made an attempt on Edward’s life in 1936, and the “appendectomy cross”, recalling the duchess’s operation for appendicitis in New York in 1944.
The bracelet is now being estimated at around £350,000, which converts into a cool $534,065 in the States. A steal, right? You can’t put a price on that level of romance! So if you’re in the market for dropping some serious cash, hightail it over to London and get your paddle ready.