THE DONNERSMARCK DIAMONDS These historical diamonds were part of the celebrated jewellery 
 collection of La Païva, one of the most famous 19^th -century 
 courtesans in Paris and a leading figure of contemporary cultural and 
 artistic society famous Yellow diamond Tiara diadem hear ornamtens paiva important jewels gems Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck The Donnersmarck Diamonds were part of the collection of La Païva, Countess Henckel von Donnersmarck , arguably the most famous of 19th-century French courtesans, whose vertiginous trajectory from modest circumstances in her native Russia to the highest circles of European aristocracy was sensational. Born Esther Lachman, she arrived in Paris aged 18 and was rapidly introduced to the city’s cultural and artistic circles by her lover, piano composer and pianist, Henri Herz. This relationship gained her the friendship of many artists, including Richard Wagner, Hans von Bülow, Théophile Gautier, and Emile de Girardin.

In the late 1840s, she met the Portuguese Marquis Albino Francisco de Araújo de Païva. They were married in 1851 but the marriage lasted only one day. Now known as La Païva, It was around this time she met her future husband, Count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck .

One of Europe’s richest men, the 22-year-old Prussian industrialist and mining magnate was immediately captivated by her seductive charms, extraordinary mind and business acumen. Their relationship was the talk of Paris high society and in 1871, the two were married.


LA PAÏVA, COUNTESS HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK

In 1855, shortly after they became a couple, La Païva purchased a building plot on the Champs Elysées. Hotel La Païva was to be one of the most lavish mansions ever built on the famous avenue. Among the building's celebrated features is a central staircase made of Algerian yellow marble, which matched the Donnersmarck yellow diamonds. La Païva’s lavish parties and literary gatherings soon became the most talked-about events in Paris, often attended by the likes of Gustave Flaubert, Émile Zola, the artist Eugène Delacroix and even the Emperor himself.

La Païva’s love of fine jewels is legendary, and she had already acquired some fabulous jewels even before her marriage. Her new husband saw to it that her collection was without equal. Following La Païva’s death in 1884, the Count, who was created prince in 1901, remarried, taking as his second wife Katharina Wassilievna de Slepzoff  a beautiful and refined Russian aristocrat. The diamonds remained in the Donnersmarck family for more than a century until they appeared at auction at Sotheby’s in 2007. They come to auction this November after having been in a private collection for the last 10 years.

The superb diamonds consist of a cushion-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats, and a pear-shaped diamond weighing 82.47 carats. The exquisite stones will be offered as a single lot with an estimate of $9,000,000–14,000,000 


COUNT GUIDO HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK 
These stunning diamonds carry with them a fascinating story, full of romance and determination over adversity, which could have inspired some of the greatest novels and operas, from Manon Lescaut to La Traviata. Ten years ago, they were the star of the show when we launched our very first sale dedicated to Noble Jewels here in Geneva. I am delighted to mark a decade of success by presenting these exceptional diamonds once again. Jewels of royal and aristocratic provenance carry with them a special sense of history and these are no exception: the auction in November will offer the chance for someone to acquire extraordinarily rare jewels imbued with a fascinating history. Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow 
 diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Donnersmarck Diamond Tiara Diadem with The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds, 
  formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Henkel Donnersmarck

Donnersmarck Tiara mit den gelben Diamanten

La Paiva - die Gräfin von Donnersmarck trug die Donnersmarck Diamanten, in einem ihrer Diademe als Mittelpunkt, oben im Bild. Der aussergewöhnliche Tropfen war abnehmbar, als Anhänger an einem Collier oder Brosche, oder konnte als Spitze auf dem Diadem befestigt werden. Für den kissenförmigen Diamanten, waren gleiche Möglichkeiten zur Verwendung vorgesehen.

Der größere ist ein kissenförmiger Diamant von 102.54 Karat, der etwas kleinere ist in Birnform geschliffen und wiegt 82.48 Karat.
Beide Steine haben eine sehr ähnliche Tönung und könnten daher ursprünglich aus einem großen Rohstein gespalten worden sein.

Mit Vorliebe bei Boucheron gefertigt, waren ihre herrliche Juwelen unbeschreiblich in Grösse, Geschmack und Wert. Bevor sie den Grafen Donnermarck traf, war ihre Schmuck-Collection bereits legendär.
Ihr neuer Mann sorgte dafür, dass ihre Sammlung ohne Gleichen war.

Nach dem Tod der La Païva im Jahr 1884, hat der Graf, zum Fürsten wurde er 1901, wieder geheiratet. Seine zweite Frau Katharina Wassilievna de Slepzoff (1862-1929)war eine schöne und eleganten russische Aristokratin. Die Diamanten blieben über ein Jahrhundert in der Familie Donnersmarck, bis sie 2007 bei Sotheby's auftauchten.
Nun verblieben sie 10 Jahre in einer Privatsammlung.

Die herrlichen Diamanten, ehemals in der Sammlung der Fürstlichen Familie von Donnersmarck, ​​werden auf der Sotheby's Auktion von Magnificent Jewels und Noble Jewels, die am 15. November 2017 stattfindet, in Genf angeboten. Das Paar wird auf 9-14 Millionen US-Dollar geschätzt.


The Donnersmarck Diamonds |Tiara | Jewels European Princely Family


Above the historical diamonds once, part of the celebrated jewellery collection of "La Païva", the Countess of Donnersmarck. In the picture she is wearing a tiara, which can seen topped in the middle with the famous yellow Donnersmarck Diamonds. As well on her neck some riviere necklaces, collets of diamonds also of yellow diamonds made for her by Boucheron.
La Païva's love of fine jewels was legendary, and she had already acquired some fabulous jewels even before her marriage with the Count Guido Henkel, one of the 19th Century's Great Love Stories.
Her new husband saw to it that her collection was without equal. Count Guido, one of Europe's richest men, the handsome and charismatic 22-year-old Prussian industrialist and mining magnate was immediately captivated by La Païva's seductive charms, extraordinary mind and business acumen. Their relationship was the talk of Paris high society and in 1871, the two were married.

In 1855, shortly after they became a couple, La Païva purchased a oustanding building on the Champs Elysées. L'Hôtel de La Païva was to be one
of the most lavish mansions ever built on the famous avenue. Among the building's celebrated features is a central staircase made of Algerian
yellow marble, which matched the yellow of the Donnersmarck diamonds. La Païva's lavish parties and literary gatherings soon became the most
talked-about events in Paris, often attended by the likes of Gustave Flaubert, Émile Zola the artist Eugène Delacroix and even the Emperor himself.


Following La Païva's death in 1884, the Count, who was created prince in 1901, remarried, taking as his second wife Katharina Wassilievna de Slepzoff (1862-1929) a beautiful and refined Russian aristocrat. The diamonds remained in the Donnersmarck family for more than a century until they appeared at auction at Sotheby's in 2007 and sold for more as five million €.
La Paiva had paid the cushion cut diamond in 1882, on 13th of April for 69 000francs (€220 000) from Boucheron. They come to auction this November after having been in a private collection for the last 10 years.


The Donnersmarck Diamonds, a pair of extraordinary Fancy Intense Yellow diamonds with impeccable aristocratic provenance. The superb diamonds,
formerly in the Collection of the Princely Family von Donnersmarck, consist of a cushion-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats, and a pear-shaped diamond weighing 82.47 carats. The exquisite stones will be offered as a single lot during Sotheby's auction of Magnificent Jewels
and Noble Jewels, to be held on 15 November 2017 at the auction at Geneva. The pair is estimated at $9-14 million .

Source: Sotheby’s

Thank you to my dear Volker, for his help!

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