Sotheby's Geneva is auctioning this "pigeon's blood" ruby belonging to Queen Maria-Jose in it's Magnificent jewels and Noble jewels sale on November 11. Buyers get the chance to own a piece of royal history.
In 1930 italian bookseller and scholar Tammaro de Marinis gifted Maria Jose of Savoy a ruby and diamond ring for her marraige to Italy's crown Prince Umberto. Maria eventually became the queen of Italy in 1946. 27 days later the Italian electorate abolished the monarchy. Ouch, very bad luck for a Tiara lover.
70 years on and the 8.48ct Burmese ruby, with the most sought after colour is expected to fetch between $6million and $9 million.
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