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HISTORICAL Antique 1870 Ottoman Empire Sultans Rose Cut Diamond Bow Brooch

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One of those exquisite treasures that belong in a museum showcase, rarely comes out for us to access. This is a greatly sought after, rare, highly collectible item. Fit for an Empress, as its provenance is testament to, this objets d'art is meant for a true collector. Don’t let this exceptional opportunity to acquire it pass you by! Read more about the gem’s unique provenance below and how it came to be auctioned by Bonham's.

As history would have it, this antique Ottoman bow is tied to two fascinating royal women. Legend has it that its creation was inspired by Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France, during her royal visit to the magical city of Istanbul and Abdulaziz, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire’s court in 1869. The visit successfully brought the royal families together in a more sociable way, during this visit, after hundreds of years of partnerships in trade. This is evidenced by her remark, "the last and most pleasant days of our reign were those which I spent in Istanbul." The Empress recorded details from this visit in her personal diaries.

The Sultan, Abdulaziz, had the bow brooch made following the success of this visit. It seems to have taken inspiration from Empress Eugénie's famous diamond bow brooch, when it was serving as the buckle of her controversial belt (which she had designed for herself – a story for another time!)

Eventually the brooch pictured here was inherited by the last Princess of the Ottoman Empire, Niloufer who was born in 1916. She married HEH Moazzam Jah, the second son of Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad, India. The Nizam of Hyderabad was the last Muslim ruler and one of the wealthiest men in the world at the time and was renowned for his incredible jewelry collection. Princess Niloufer soon came to be known as the ‘Kohinoor of Hyderabad’ because of her beauty. She also came to be known as a generous philanthropist. Unfortunately, this marriage did not last, and she returned to France where her family was exiled.

Princess Niloufer found love again in 1963 when she married diplomat and businessman, Edward Julius Pope in Paris. After she passed in 1989, Princess Niloufer's legacy, including her extensive collection of saris, was generously shared by the Pope family, including this stunning brooch that has come our way, last auctioned by Bonhams in 2014. It reflects the Ottomans venerable ties to both East and West and would be a valuable and significant addition to a collection of jewelry reflecting these sentiments. The story behind this stunning gem has us enthralled and we hope it goes to a real connoisseur.

It’s not often that you come across an iconic, historical piece of jewelry such as this one. Its mesmerising beauty holds us in awe, but its remarkable history is what really makes it leave a long-lasting impression.

A grand gesture for the one you love; it would make an inimitable anniversary present to commemorate a milestone moment. This antique diamond and solid gold brooch weighing 30.5g from circa 1870 was designed as a textured bow, bedecked with scintillating rose-cut diamonds, it measures 2.5 inches lengthwise (5.5 x 3.5 cm). It can be worn as it was meant to, as a brooch, adding imperial elegance to any evening outfit. We feel it would look equally stunning worn as a choker. We can imagine a regal, modern bride wearing this show stopping piece, the perfect picture of grace!


Stones: Natural diamonds
Cut: Rose-cut
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 cm or 2.17 x 1.38 inches
Metal: Solid 15k yellow gold
Measurements: 5.5 x 3.5 cm or 2.16 x 1.37 inches
Total weight: 30.5 g



Hey there, bling lover! Time for some jewelry TLC, because even diamonds need a little pampering now and then. Here's the scoop:

1. Handle with Care:

Diamonds and other precious stones may be tough cookies, but they're not superheroes (despite of what a few well-known marketing commercials might say...). Avoid sudden impacts or dropping your jewels like they're hot – they can get a little banged up if they hit hard surfaces. Just like you wouldn't take your fancy city Bentley off-roading, keep your bling safe from heavy-duty action!

2. Shower Shenanigans:

We know, we know – singing in the shower with your sparkly pals sounds like a blast. But hold the waterworks! Shower steam can make your stones lose their sparkle, and soap grease residues can dull their shine and get into settings. Save the bling for after your scrub-a-dub session.

3. Kitchen Confessions:

Cooking up a storm? Keep your jewels on the bench, champ! Chemicals from cleaning products and cooking oils can tarnish metal coatings and dim the dazzle of your gemstones. In case the gemstones were filled or treated with extra color - oh my - they will suffer! And all that is a kitchen drama you don't need on your plate!

4. Hairspray Hijinks:

Spritzing your 'do with hairspray? Keep your jewelry out of the line of fire! Overspray can leave a sticky residue that's no fun for your gems and can be especially detrimental for moist-loving stones - like pearls and opals. Give your bling a break while you glam up your locks – they'll thank you for it!

5. Precious but Fragile:

Now, let's talk about opals and pearls – the delicate darlings of the gem world. Handle these beauties with extra care, as they're more fragile than your average gemstone. Avoid harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and rough handling to keep them shining bright. Most importantly, remeber this sweet couple loves to be properly moisturized. So wear them often to avoid surface drying out and keep them separate from our other treasures (especially so - tarnishing metals)!

Remember, a little love goes a long way when it comes to caring for your jewelry.

So keep those gems sparkling and your bling game strong! ✨💎🛁


You are welcome to make use of our layaway service for all items over 1000 EUR. The full amount should be payed in three to six equal installments during a maximum of six months time frame (shorter or longer pay back periods are available upon our mutual consideration).

A down payment of 25% of the item price and a minimum of 250 EUR is charged once the layaway plan is confirmed.
If an item is not paid off fully within these three to six months (or other mutually agreed periods), the layaway is considered failed.

All layaways, including failed ones, are not refundable. All jewelry bought using layaway plans can not be returned, swapped or exchanged for another item.

Once the purchase price of the item is if fully paid, we will ship your order.


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All items above 500 EUR are shipped with complimentary UPS, DHL or FeDex Express service. All purchases below 500 EUR will be sent via regular post.

All additional items are shipped free of charge.


According to the European laws and reglaions, our no-questions-asked return policy lasts 14 days. If you wish to return your jewelry, please reach out via email: within your return eligibility window of 14 calendar days since the receipt of your order.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be undamaged and in the same condition that you received it.
Customized jewelry (for example a ring which was sized for you or an altered chain) are exempt from this policy, hence can not be returned.

Refunds procedure
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund in case the jewelry arrived damaged.
In case of approval your refund will be processed within 7 calendar days, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of paymentyou have used.

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Layaway items
According yo our policies, layaway jewelry cannot be returned or refunded.