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Jewelry

Jewelry Owned by Jackie O., Queen of Spain on Block at Spring Auctions

Here are 10 of the most significant pieces. Skip the inbreeding and just buy the necklace

Anyone with $2 million handy can buy a necklace from Bulgari or Graff, but not everyone can own a piece of jewelry with a backstory. A lucky few inherit important items from their family; for everyone else (and by "everyone else" we actually mean ".00001 percent of the world's population") acquiring a piece of history most often requires a trip to the spring jewelry auctions.

Like clockwork,Sotheby's and Christie's this April and May will offer up a range of rings, earrings, tiaras, and brooches from some of the most illustrious aristocratic families in the world. Occasionally the lot descriptions will just be a tease—a $700,000 diamond necklace at Sotheby's is murkily listed as "Property of a European Imperial Royal Family," for instance—but there are other objects where the consignors are less discreet, and you'll know exactly which Bourbon king bought what (and when) for his wife/third cousin. The following are highlights, including a few American-owned items thrown in for good measure; if Jackie O doesn't count as royalty, then no one should.

Dollar figures are auction house estimates.

Cartier Pendant-Necklace — $1.8 million to $2.2 million

Cartier platinum, emerald, sapphire, lapis lazuli and diamond pendant-necklace, circa 1924. Former property of the Baron de Rothschild. AUCTION: Sotheby's New York, April 21

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Diamond Tiara/Necklace — $150,000 to $295,000

Diamond tiara necklace, 1880s. Formerly in the collection of the Earl of Mar and Kellie. AUCTION: Sotheby's Geneva, May 12

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Diamond Brooch — $1.5 million to $2 million

Diamond brooch, 1879. Called the "Maria Christina Royal Devant-de-Corsage brooch," presented as a wedding gift from King Alfonso XII of Spain to his wife, the Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria. AUCTION: Christie's Geneva, May 13

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Van Cleef and Arpels Earrings and Ring — $250,000 to $350,000

Van Cleef and Arpels Ruby and Diamond Earrings and Ring, 1967 Formerly from the property of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Estimate: $250,000- $350,000 at Christie's Geneva, May 13

Van Cleef and Arpels ruby and diamond earrings and ring, 1967. Formerly from the property of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. AUCTION: Christie's Geneva, May 13

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Diamond Tiara/Necklace — $300,000 to $500,000

Diamond tiara/necklace, late 19th century. From the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe. AUCTION: Sotheby's Geneva, May 12

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Cartier Diamond Tiara — $300,000 to $500,000

Cartier diamond tiara, 1930s. From the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe. AUCTION: Sotheby's Geneva, May 12

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Boucheron bangle-bracelet — $400,000 to $700,000

Boucheron ruby and diamond bangle-bracelet, circa 1935. Property of a European imperial royal family. AUCTION: Sotheby's Geneva, May 12

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Emerald Bangles — $1.5 million to $2 million

Emerald bangles, circa 1920s. Formerly property of an Indian royal family. AUCTION: Christie's Geneva, May 13

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Cartier Gem Set and Diamond Clips — $70,000 to $100,000

Cartier gem set and diamond Clips, circa 1930s. Property of a noble lady. AUCTION: Sotheby's Geneva, May 12

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Emerald Pendant — $1 million to $1.5 million

Platinum, emerald and diamond pendant, early 20th century. Formerly property of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, once the wealthiest woman in America. AUCTION: Sotheby's New York, April 21

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(Jewels are featured in the Sotheby's New York sale, the Sotheby's Geneva sale,  the Christie's New York sale, and the Christie's Geneva sale.)

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