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Maria Cristina Bourbon-Parma jewels?
As Alicia distributed jewels ste those been sold the collection of Alicia's sister Maria Cristina? Did Alicia inherit those or did her children?
Also BTS inheritance of Infante Alfonso, I thought only his Spanish inheritance was of any significance and family lived mostly off Alicia's inheritance and what was restored to Alfonso by Franco.
Minor jewels.... funny way to describe some very important pieces among others the famous diamond recently auctioned off.
Jewels belonging to the BTS family, I mean to Infante Alfonso, were divided after his death, including Infanta Alicia's wedding gifts, at her request. The ruby set went to Princess Teresa and the sapphire set was inherited by Princess Ines. Prince Carlos inherited minor jewels. https://awp.lu/data/filtrala/castellana/1/14.pdf
See page 16
The present generation does not live the kind of lifestyle where such jewels would be worn very often, yet they have to be kept in a vault and insured. Indeed the last time the Farnese diamond was worn was when Duke Roberto I of Parma's grandfather (deposed in 1849 and died in 1883) wore it as a tie pin. Some of the other jewels were worn in the last 50 years but the vastly different values means that it would be impossible to divide them between descendants on an equitable basis, and not all the descendants might want them.
Yes, that's what I recall.
If these jewels are originate from Infanta Alicia, she must have had a collection to rival many reigning Queen's!
Such a shame however they were hardly ever worn from what I can tell, not at public events anyway, maybe they were worn at private events?
I wonder if there are still many other great and historical collections which are as unknown as these?
the diamond that was recently sold was reported in the Dutch media as being put up for sale by her grandson Don Pedro. I would not be surprised if these pieces were also part of her inheritance and have been put up by heirs of the late Infanta.
For some reason Sotheby's is no longer listing the sale.
Here is a link to the Sotheby's press release from another website .