The Duchess of Windsor – Jewelry Icon


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The Duchess of Windsor — Jewelry Icon

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.


tumblr_ll02ciFW6J1qfna0vo1_500 Plume-shaped diamond brooch given to Wallis by Edward in 1935

30070048 Ben Amun

Multi Crystal Pin


Lot 19 Cartier Panther Bracelet - C.grid-8x2 Her Cartier Panther bracelet

30060248 Kenneth Jay Lane

Leopard Bracelet


Lot 17 Gem-Set and Diamond Cross Bracelet - A.grid-7x2 Her Cartier bracelet with nine gem-set crosses

40170033 Suzanne Kalan

Yellow Gold White Sapphire Filigree Mini Cross Necklace

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