Object of Desire

If diamonds could talk, the Beau Sancy would tell tales of four European royal houses, political intrigue, and a moment of ignominy.

5th May, 2012
The Beau Sancy: expected to fetch up to $4 million.

If diamonds could talk, the Beau Sancy would tell tales of four European royal houses, political intrigue, and a moment of ignominy - it was pawned by the mother of William III to finance the restoration of her brother, Charles II.

Two spectacular diamonds mined during the 16th century in India and cut in the new pear shape, the Sancy and the Beau Sancy were the most sought-after jewels of their era. James I snaffled...

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