A Marquise Diamond Fit for a Queen

On 07 May 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

The dream has become reality. A very pure marquise diamond exerted its fascination.

Platinum ring set with a 14.49 ct marquise diamond.
Result: €408,320

A 14.49 ct ring-mounted marquise diamond of the rare IIa type without any fluorescence, described by La Gazette, fetched €408,320—€28,179 per carat. The outstanding result was due to its D color, the purest possible color and rare for a stone of this size. Diamonds have been known and sought after since the dawn of time, but they were not identified as a crystalline form of carbon until the 18th century. More recently, it was discovered that each of its atoms is linked to four neighboring atoms arrayed at the top of a regular tetrahedron—a fascinating chemical symmetry. The buyer may not have had these scientific details in mind: The stone’s weight, size, color and purity, four essential criteria seldom seen at this level, were enough to make the magic work.

For once, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier were outsiders. The former’s semi-rigid gold reed necklace featuring a cascade of clover leaves, each set with a brilliant (gross weight 169.82 gr/6 oz), sold for €26,158. The latter’s yellow gold evening bag with braided mail (gross weight 550.91 gr/19.43 oz.) fetched €19,778.

Coins of the Ptolemaic Dynasty

On 07 May 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Bidders returned to the days when Alexandria ruled the Mediterranean.

Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 BCE), gold pentadrachm, 17.91 gr (0.63 oz). 
Result €39,556

It was one of Alexander the Great's generals who founded the Ptolemaic, or Lagid, Dynasty, which ruled Egypt from 304 BCE until Rome took over. Except for the reign of Cleopatra (55-30 BCE), the period was unremarkable in terms of politics, wars and assassinations. On the other hand, taking advantage of the decline of Athens, Alexandria became the Mediterranean world’s cultural and intellectual hub, reigning supreme in mathematics and philosophy.

Two gold coins tell a small part of this long history: a pentadrachm bearing the likeness of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, king from 285 to 246 BCE, protector of books, astronomy and navigation, and an octodrachm (27.90 gr/0.98 oz) featuring an image of Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BCE) or Ptolemy VIII Evergetes (145-116 BCE). Fuad I, King of Egypt, gave them to Pierre Lacau (1873-1963), director of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo from 1914 to 1936, among other official duties. The extremely rare coins each fetched the same price: €39,556.

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