The amazing jewels that sealed the world's greatest love stories

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The amazing jewels that sealed the world's greatest love stories

If Wallis Simpson loved King Edward VIII – the sovereign who abdicated to marry her, rocking the foundations of the British monarchy – she adored opulent jewellery almost as much.

And to seal the 20th century's most scandalous love affair, the royal lavished gems on the bewitching American – whose two previous divorces made it impossible for him to have her hand and stay on the throne.

One of the most personal items is the bracelet Wallis – styled the Duchess of Windsor – wore on their wedding day.

It featured gem-encrusted crosses, engraved with inscriptions marking key points in their romance.

One recorded her appendectomy, while another reading "God save the King For Wallis", refers to an assassination attempt on Edward.

Another, with the words "The Kings [sic] Cross" marks the time in 1936 that, after a heated argument, she hailed a taxi and said "King's Cross," to the driver. "I'm sorry lady," he replied.

It sold for £601,250 when the Duchess' collection was sold at auction in 2010