The 400 year old, 34.98ct “Beau Sancy” is one of the world’s oldest, most famous & most storied diamonds. The jewel is currently on display in Paris, soon to be moved to London & then to end up in Sotheby’s Auction in Geneva on May 14th. The “Beau Sancy” is colourless with 110 facets & was the first ever diamond to be cut into a pear-shape making it even more spectacular.
Lord of Sancy bought the “Beau Sancy” for his wife, Marie de Medici, who was one of the richest women in Europe and part of the famous Medici family of Italy. Sadly, Medici’s husband was murdered & she lost all of her wealth & in 1604 was forced to sell the diamond to King Henry IV of France for 80,000 florins. The diamond was passed through Henry’s descendants and many royal families of Europe.
May 14th will be a very lucky day for the person who buys this treasured diamond.