Thomas Laine Jewelry Blog
In 1937, King Edward VIII gave up the throne of England to marry an American socialite, née Bessie Wallis Warfield, who would come to be known as the Duchess of Windsor. Their relationship was a scandal, with both his family and the British government horrified by, and opposed to, their union.
Because of Edward’s extraordinary choice to give up the throne in order to be with the woman he adored, their tale is celebrated as a great love story. Wallis was by no means a great beauty and was already twice-divorced and forty years old at the time of their marriage, yet was apparently so bewitching that Edward’s passion for her was all-consuming. He lavished her with gifts – particularly jewels – and she amassed one of the most famous jewelry collections of all time. When it sold at auction in 1987, the collection fetched a record-breaking 53.5 million dollars.
Here is a look at several of her famous jewels accompanied by Thomas Laine pieces that present a similar style or motif.
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