Antique & Estate Jewelry

Medici Family Jewels Head to Auction


Kruse GWS Auctions is set to host an auction on March 2 paying tribute to the house of Medici, the influential Renaissance-era Italian dynasty.

The de Medici Royal Family Collection and More sale features an exceptional assortment of jewelry and artifacts dating back to the 16th century. The Medicis governed Florence and later Tuscany from the Renaissance into the 1700s, produced four popes (Leo X, Clement VII, Pius IV, and Leon XI), and intermarried with European royal families (Catherine de Medici became the queen of France through her marriage to Henry II).

“The de Medici royal family represent centuries of some of the most important moments in the grand history of Italy,” said Brigitte Kruse, Kruse GWS Auctions’ founder and lead auctioneer, in a statement. “It is our honor to host one of the most significant collections to ever represent a royal lineage as important to the country as that of the de Medici family. The trust bestowed upon us by the Medici family and the history it represents is not taken lightly.”

In addition to jewels, lots include decorative and household objects and some recent valuable possessions, such as a Jaguar from the collection of Prince Lorenzo de Medici (b. 1975), an artist and businessman.

A few of the jewelry highlights in the de Medici auction are shown below. Bidding is now open online.

Medici pendant
17th-century pendant in 18k yellow gold and enamel with an emerald, minimum bid $2,200 
Medici bangle
Vintage bracelet in 18k gold with natural rubies, minimum bid $1,100
Medici Opera Glasses
18th-century folding lorgnette (opera glasses) in 24k, 22k, and 14k yellow gold, minimum bid $5,000 
Medici cuff
Ring in 17k white gold with 4.8 cts. t.w. blue sapphires and 0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds designed by Prince Lorenzo de Medici, minimum bid $1,200
Medici necklace
Zolotas convertible necklace (comes in set with two bracelets and pendant) in 18k yellow gold with 2.54 cts. t.w. emeralds, rubies, and diamonds, minimum bid $6,500 
Medici pocket watch
18th-century pocket watch and pendant (also pictured at top) in 18k yellow gold and enamel with a blue sapphire cabochon and diamond accents, minimum bid $2,200
Medici bracelet
SeidenGang bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 4 cts. t.w. green tourmaline, pink tourmaline, and amethyst and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds, minimum bid $5,000

(Photos courtesy Kruse GWS Auctions)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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