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:
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
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
Richard Burton purchased the bracelet from Winston as a gift for 
Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, Elizabeth wore this bracelet
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

Which is your favorite piece of these?

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