Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams
Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams
High Jewellery

Why do Queen Elizabeth and other royals love semi-precious stones? Cartier created bespoke pieces for Wallis Simpson while the British monarch wore red spinels and aquamarines

  • Semi-precious stones include tourmaline, spinel, garnet, amethyst, peridot, alexandrite, topaz and tanzanite – and European royals love them
  • In Asia, pieces by contemporary designers like Wallace Chan do well at auctions, fetching thousands at Christie’s and Sotheby’s

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Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams
Demantoid garnet tiara, Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams
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