This is exactly why one needs to have millions stashed away in a secret account. It allows you to buy a diamond that is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity when it comes up for sale. The Beau Sancy is a 35 carat wonder that has a rich history or royal ownership. More over, the Beau Sancy also happens to be from the famed Golconda mines of India.
To be auctioned on May 15 by Sotheby’s in Geneva ; the diamond is already attracting loads of publicity. the pear double rose cut diamond is expected to sell for anywhere between $2 to $4 million depending on the bidding. The stone is believed to have originated from the same mines as the legendary Indian diamond – The Kohinoor. Amongst the owners of the Beau Sancy are Nicolas de Harlay, Lord of Sancy (1546-1629), in Constantinople in the mid to late 1500s (from where the diamond got its name). This was followed by Henri IV of France who gifted it to his wife, Marie de Medici. The diamond was mounted atop the crown she wore at her coronation in 1610.
The Beau Sancy was sold after Henri IV was assassinated leaving the Queen in debt. The Beau Sancy then ended up with Prince Frederick Hendrick of Orange-Nassau. The diamond continued its journey through history with famous owners including the Queen of England, until it ended up with the current generation of the House of Prussia. Friedrich I, the King of Prussia had used the Beau Sancy as the principal ornament of the new royal crown of Prussia and associated it with the first order of Prussia, the Order of the Black Eagle.
The gem is today the largest within the House of Prussia’s collection and has been worn by the women of the family on important occasions till date. The diamond is currently owned by Georg Friedrich , the Prince of Prussia and current head of the Royal House of Prussia.
The Beau Sancy is now on a tour of the major cities of the world before its auction. Dates and cities are as follows –