For as little as $2 million, a 35 ct. pear-shape
piece of European history could be yours.
Now this is a piece of history. The Beau Sancy, a 34.98 ct.
pear-shape wonder that has been the property of no fewer than four royal
families and appeared in two monarchs’ crowns, will go under the hammer at
Sotheby’s Geneva on May 15. First discovered in the 1500s, the stone was
owned by royals in both England and France; at least two French monarchs pawned
it to settle debts. For the past 300 years, the legendary gem has belonged to
the House of Prussia, which passed it down through four generations—until its
current owner, Prince Georg Friedrich, great-great-grandson of the final German
kaiser, decided it was time to sell. The stone, which has been shown publicly
only four times in the past 50 years, will be showcased in an
international tour before the auction. It is expected to fetch between $2
million and $4 million.