Jessop’s Shares Details On Breathtaking Diamond.

When San Diego dreams of diamonds most cast their mind to Jessop’s. When Marie de Medici was married to Henri IV she didn’t have Jessop’s to turn to but she did have the King of France to shop for her! The gift she wanted was the Beau Sancy diamond, a 34.98ct pear shape, and the King obliged.

In 1610, a day after her coronation – for which the large pear-shaped gem was set atop her crown – Henri was assassinated, leaving her and six children under the age of nine.

And so began the Beau Sancy’s 400-year journey through European royal history as it passed between warring and peacemaking monarchs in France, England, the Dutch Republic and Prussia.

On Tuesday the 34.98-carat jewel became the oldest diamond ever to go under the hammer at auction, selling for nine million dollars at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. It was more than double the estimated top price, the buyer remained anonymous.

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For your own family jewels be sure to visit Jessop’s in downtown San Diego and treat your loved ones like royalty. Jessop’s has you sparkling for any special occasion, even coronations!

to see an example of a jewelry fit for a queen click here for a lovely vintage necklace in our estate collection

 Marie de Medici Sancy DiamondMarie de Medici Coronation - Sancy Diamond in top of crown
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