Auctioneer Bonhams is set to sell jewellery once owned by the Countess of Rosse later this month.

Its ‘London Jewels’ sale on 28 April will see two pieces go under the hammer, both once the property of famous English socialite Anne Parsons, Countess of Rosse.

The pieces are a a late 19th-century emerald, pearl and diamond bangle, and a mid-19th-century onyx cameo, enamel, pearl and diamond bracelet.


The bracelet, which also once belonged to Adrian Hope of the famous Anglo-Dutch banking dynasty, has an estimate of £15,000-20,000, Bonhams revealed – while the bangle has an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Emily Barber, head of Bonhams’ jewellery department, UK, commented: “The Countess of Rosse was a woman of exquisite taste, and the two pieces offered in the sale clearly express this.

“The mid-19th-century onyx cameo, enamel, pearl and diamond bracelet in particular, is very special – having also formerly been in the collection of Adrian Hope, whose great-niece, Lady Beatrice Lister Kaye, wore it at her wedding in 1880.

“In 1935, it featured at another wedding, when Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, himself a descendent of the illustrious Hopes, gave it to his bride, the then-Anne Armstrong-Jones.

“The bracelet is a fitting marriage token; the lion proffering its paw to Eros is an allegory, expressing that love conquers all.”