The crossover design set with two button shaped pearls, one fancy-coloured and one white natural pearl, embellished with baguette- cut diamond rondel and circular-cut diamond detail to the shank, 1930s,...
The crossover design set with two button shaped pearls, one fancy-coloured and one white natural pearl, embellished with baguette- cut diamond rondel and circular-cut diamond detail to the shank, 1930s, signed Mellerio, mounted in platinum. Ring size 53, US ring size 6 1/4 Weight 14.75 grams With report no. 62650 and dated 14th March 2012 from SSEF stating that both pearls are natural saltwater. With report no. 5272 and dated 24th February 2012 from the Gem & Pearl Laboratory (London) stating that both pearls are natural saltwater.
Provenance: Formerly the property of Princess Elena von Hohenzollerm.
The beginning of the twentieth century saw a complicated and somewhat unconventional accession to the Romanian throne. When King Ferdinand died in 1927 the country was left in the care of Michael rather than his father, Carol II. Carol II preferred to explore Europe with his mistress Elena Lupescu rather than to attend to domestic duties of state. Having renounced the throne, Carol unexpectedly returned in 1930 and was proclaimed king. The ten years of his reign were turbulent times for Romania, during which the country experienced twenty-five governments, a short-lived royal dictatorship and the loss of territories to foreign rule. This and growing unpopularity led to his abdication in favour of his son Michael in 1940. After relinquishing the throne Carol II opted for a less hectic life and settled in Portugal, marrying his mistress who became Princess Elena of Romania in 1947. He remained in exile for the rest of his life and died in Estoril in 1953.