This pair of 19th-century natural pearl and diamond earrings from the collection of Empress Eugénie de Montijo will be auctioned at Christie’s later this month.
New York—Need to catch up on last week’s jewelry news? Here are five stories to get you back on track.

1. Why a Jeweler Honored a Gift Certificate from 1969
It cost Bensons Jewelers owner Ken Stein $150 but turned out to be worth thousands in free publicity.

2. Patek Philippe Watch Sells for Record-Breaking $31M
Meet the world’s most expensive timepiece sold at auction.

3. Coach’s Corner: What Owls Can Teach Us About Sales
Hearing owls in her yard at night got Pat Henneberry thinking about what these beautiful nocturnal hunters can teach us about selling jewelry.

4. Jewels from France’s Last Empress Heading to Auction
Christie’s upcoming London jewelry auction will include rubies and pearls that once belonged to Eugénie de Montijo.

5. Jewelry Store Robbery Tied to ISIS Funding
Proceeds from an armed robbery in Edmonton, Alberta were used to fund Islamic State fighters in Syria, authorities say.

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