A diamond and emerald bracelet and a ring said to have been given by Edward VIII to Wallis Simpson sold for £42,000 at Bloomfield Auctions.

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The vendor’s grandmother, Esther McCreery, was in the early part of the 20th century living in Hillsboro, California. However, during the Second World War she became involved in liaison with/for the US Embassy in the Bahamas, when she became very friendly with Simpson and the former king and they were known regularly to be drinking together.

The jewellery sold at at Belfast auction house Bloomfield (15% buyer’s premium) on April 24

The auction house says McCreery purchased the bracelet and ring from Simpson. “After the war when McCreery returned to California, a gentleman from England had contacted her to see if he could purchase the items so they could be back where they belong, but she refused.”