The Top 4 Mysteriously Missing Jewels

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Legends of buried treasure, lost cities, and sunken ships full of gold have captivated human imaginations for centuries.  The Spanish Conquistadors spent years searching for El Dorado – the mystical City of Gold, while people have been searching and speculating about the lost city of Atlantis since it was first mentioned in Plato’s dialogues.

While many of these mystical cities and treasure troves are almost certainly the stuff of legends, the reality is that there are many famous and historical jewels that are unaccounted for.  Below is a list of some of the most intriguing jewelry mysteries in history.  History buffs and jewelry aficionados take note, but remember Indiana Jones’ famous maxim that X never ever marks the spot.

Polish Crown Jewels#1: The Polish Crown Jewels

The story of the Polish Crown Jewels begins around 1000 AD when Emperor Otto III crowned Boleslaw the Brave the official King of Poland.  In addition to the crown, Otto also gave Boleslaw a replica of Saint Maurice’s Spear, also known as the Holy Lance.  For the next 800 years the jewels grew in number and were passed around Eastern Europe for various coronations of Polish and Hungarian kings and queens.  In addition to the original crown presented to Boleslaw, several others were forged.  Among these are the well known Swedish Crown and the Hungarian crown, but there are thought to be others that were lost.

Unfortunately, the majority of the regalia was melted down and sold by Frederick William III of Prussia, but some of the crowns that were forged later on are thought to still be unaccounted for.

To learn more about Boleslaw the Brave’s crown check out Ferrebeekeeper’s WordPress Blog.

Alexander Egg#2: Peter Carl Faberge’s Missing Eggs

Many people known a Faberge Egg as a relic of the Russian Tsars but few know the story of the missing eight.  Between 1885 and 1917, Peter Carl Faberge created 50 intricate jeweled eggs to present to the Tsar of Russia to commemorate Easter.  After the Russian Revolution, Joseph Stalin came to power.  He sold many of the eggs to foreign nations in an attempt to hold more foreign currency.  However, only 42 of the eggs are now accounted for.  Famous eggs like the Hen with the Sapphire Pendant and the Cherub with Chariot are still missing

The blog dailyoddsandends has some good info on the lost eggs and what they might be worth.

#3: The Irish Crown Jewels

Irish Crown Jewels

In 1783, King George III, the King of England (and Ireland) created an order of Knights in Ireland known as the Order of St. Patrick.  An ornate badge and and a jeweled star were created to be worn by the Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order.  Decorative collars were also created for Knights of the order to be identified.  In 1903 the jewels were placed in a safe that was supposed to be moved to a secure room deep within Dublin Castle.  However, the safe was too large to make it past the doorway and had to be stored in the office of an official in the castle.  In 1907 they mysteriously went missing and while evidence points to an inside job, the whereabout of the jewels are still unknown.

More details can be found at Ireland in History.  This is a great resource for a daily tidbit of Irish history.

Patiala Diamond#4: The Patiala Necklace

The Patiala Necklace is a diamond encrusted necklace that was designed and made for Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.  Singh was the Maharaja of Patiala and the necklace was given to him by Cartier.  While you may have never heard of the Patiala Necklace, rest assured it is one of the more valuable missing treasures as it contained 2,930 diamonds.  One of those was a 428 carat De Beers which at the time was the seventh largest diamond in the world.  To add even more intrigue, the necklace was recovered in 1948 but was missing its famed centerpiece.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Patiala Necklace and Indo-Persian design visit Victoria Raj’s Blog.

While you may never ride the Trojan Horse through the Fountain of Youth, there are still plenty of unsolved historical mysteries.  Some more lucrative than others.

Check back soon for more insight and news from the world of jewelry.


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