Two large yellow diamonds

Two large yellow diamonds - a cushion-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats and a pear-shaped diamond weighing 82.48 carats - from the collection of Marquise de Païva, or simply la Païva, the famous 19th century courtesan. She was called “the diamond eater” behind her back.
She came from a poor Jewish family of a Moscow tailor, but she convinced her close friend Théophile Gautier that she was the illegitimate daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich Romanov. In 2007, the diamonds were put up for auction by the marquise’s heirs. Sotheby’s experts appraised each diamond at 1.5–2 million euros.

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