You better believe we were first in line to get a closer look!

Meghan Overdeep
June 20, 2018

When it comes to lavish lifestyles, few monarchs in history can outdo the extravagance of France’s infamous last queen, Marie Antoinette.

Before she was guillotined during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette had quite the taste for jewelry—in particular, pearls. (Honestly, can you blame her?) The notoriously haughty royal went through great pains to smuggle her jewels out of France during the Revolution, and they haven’t been seen in public for more than 200 years.

Until now, that is.

Later this year, Sotheby’s is auctioning off pearls from the ill-fated queen’s personal collection as part of a larger sale of treasures once owned by some of the most important figures in European history.  And you better believe we were first in line to get a closer look!

The stars of Marie Antoinette’s collection include a stunning diamond pendant supporting a natural pearl of exceptional size, worth an estimated $1-$2 million. A pair of natural pearl drop earrings, valued between $30,000 and $50,000, serve as a testament to the splendor and opulence of the French court, as does a fabulous necklace featuring 119 natural pearls, worth an estimated $200,000-$300,000. The breathtaking diamond set composed of 95 diamonds—including five solitaires that belonged to Marie Antoinette herself—has us swooning.

“It is one of the most important royal jewelry collections ever to appear on the market and each and every jewel is absolutely imbued with history,” Daniela Mascetti, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Jewelry Europe, said in a release. “Never before seen in public, this extraordinary group of jewels offers a captivating insight into the lives of its owners going back hundreds of years.”

The sale of "Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma family" is set to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 12, 2018.