有人說,男性動物最大的煩惱,不是為錢財,就是為女性,而提起甘願為另一半放棄身分、地位的人,不少人腦海中自然會浮現一個英國王儲名字──愛德華八世,而令他迷戀到不能自拔的對象就是世人稱為「溫莎公爵夫人」的Wallis Simpson。

2nd May 1941: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) and Wallis Simpson (1896 - 1986) receive a royal welcome upon their arrival in Miami, Florida. On the left stands Mayor Alexander Orr. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

2nd May 1941: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) and Wallis Simpson (1896 - 1986) receive a royal welcome upon their arrival in Miami, Florida. On the left stands Mayor Alexander Orr. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

年逾40且已離婚兩次的溫莎公爵夫人靠着非凡智慧、亮麗打扮和圓滑待人接物技巧,令愛德華八世深深陷入愛河,甚至寧願放棄王位也要迎娶回家。1936年,愛德華八世退位聲明中曾寫道:「當我發現沒有心愛女人的幫助和支持時,便無法繼續承擔所有重大責任,故唯有卸下皇位一職。」

Portrait of Wallis Simpson, 1936. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Portrait of Wallis Simpson, 1936. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

愛德華八世為向溫莎公爵夫人表達愛意,多年來向Cartier高級珠寶品牌訂製大量華麗首飾,盼望能牢牢繫緊她的心。而這些珠寶首飾不僅是華麗的裝飾品,更是愛德華八世與溫莎公爵夫人愛情故事的見證,每件寶石也盛載他們二人間的故事,彰顯彼此的無盡愛意。

Cartier 19.77卡祖母綠戒指

當愛德華八世和溫莎公爵夫人初次邂逅時,溫莎公爵夫人尚未正式離婚。然而,他勇於無視世俗眼光,毫不猶豫地選擇愛下去。尚未卸任國王一職時,他未經國會同意,便將一枚近20卡的祖母綠戒指送贈溫莎公爵夫人,以表非她不娶的決心。至今,皇室成員的婚戒仍難以超越這卡數。

這枚鑲上19.77卡寶石的戒指由Cartier所設計和打造,戒指內圈刻有「We are ours now 27 X 36」的浪漫語句,以紀念他們的求婚紀念日(1936年10月27日),而選用祖母綠寶石的原因,很大程度是因為它有象徵美滿婚姻的意思。

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (getty images)

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (getty images)

1958年,溫莎公爵夫人再次將這枚戒指交給Cartier,委託他們將戒指更換為黃金戒托並鑲上鑽石,使其變得更時尚。

Cartier 十字架手鏈

溫莎公爵夫人最常佩戴的首飾,首選是這條由9枚十字架組合而成的手鏈。這條由Cartier打造的精緻手鏈首次在1936年亮相,據知手鏈最初的設計並沒有附上9個十字架那麼多,而是伴隨她和溫莎公爵的經歷和紀念日增加,才添加新的十字架。

Photo from Sothebys Official website

Photo from Sothebys Official website

像是其中一個十字架的背面便刻上代表1937年6月3日的暗號,以紀念二人結婚的大日子。據傳,溫莎公爵夫人去世時仍將這條手鏈帶在身上,可見她有多珍視這份情詛。

(Original Caption) This was the first portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor after their marriage at the Chateau De Cande, in Monts, France, in June 1937. The wedding took place about six months after Edward gave up the throne of England to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

(Original Caption) This was the first portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor after their marriage at the Chateau De Cande, in Monts, France, in June 1937. The wedding took place about six months after Edward gave up the throne of England to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: A Cartier diamond bracelet from 1935, estimated at £350,000 - £450,00 is displayed in front of a photograph of the Duchess of Windsor at Sotheby's on September 23, 2010 in London, England. The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor collection will be auctioned in London on November 30, 2010. The collection, originally auctioned in 1983, comprises 20 pieces owned by Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: A Cartier diamond bracelet from 1935, estimated at £350,000 - £450,00 is displayed in front of a photograph of the Duchess of Windsor at Sotheby's on September 23, 2010 in London, England. The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor collection will be auctioned in London on November 30, 2010. The collection, originally auctioned in 1983, comprises 20 pieces owned by Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Cartier 火烈鳥胸針

Cartier設計的火烈鳥胸針於1940年代在溫莎公爵夫人身上亮相,當年他們開始定居法國,愛德華八世仍不忘為妻子送上珠寶禮物增添生活情趣。當時剛結婚不久的他們接受傳媒訪問時,她便佩戴着這枚胸針。

火烈鳥胸針的身體部分鑲滿鑽石,展翅則綴滿紅、綠、藍色的寶石,嘴巴則鑲有黃寶石。這枚胸針象徵溫莎公爵夫人對愛德華八世的吸引力,以及他們之間無盡的愛情和浪漫。

The duke and duchess of Windsor enjoy a brief stop in Hamiliton, Bermuda, on the way to the Bahamas, where the Duke is to become Governor.

The duke and duchess of Windsor enjoy a brief stop in Hamiliton, Bermuda, on the way to the Bahamas, where the Duke is to become Governor.

(Original Caption) 1943: Duke and Duchess of Windsor (3rd and 2nd from right) at Washington Stage Door Canteen.

(Original Caption) 1943: Duke and Duchess of Windsor (3rd and 2nd from right) at Washington Stage Door Canteen.

Cartier美洲豹胸針

溫莎公爵委託Cartier製作的Cartier美洲豹胸針是件令人驚嘆的珠寶。這枚胸針以高度柔軟且可塑性極佳的鉑金打造,呈現美洲豹立體輪廓的獨特風采,展現品牌在珠寶製作技術上的卓越造詣。

Cartier Paris, 1949. Platinum, white gold, white and yellow diamonds, a Kashmir sapphire totalling 152.35 carats, sapphires. This was the second three-dimensional panther made by Cartier for the Duke of Windsor. Provenance: the Duchess of Windsor (1896–1986)
Photo from Cartier official Website

Cartier Paris, 1949. Platinum, white gold, white and yellow diamonds, a Kashmir sapphire totalling 152.35 carats, sapphires. This was the second three-dimensional panther made by Cartier for the Duke of Windsor. Provenance: the Duchess of Windsor (1896–1986)

Photo from Cartier official Website

美洲豹矗立在驚人的152.35卡藍寶石上,它的身體鑲滿閃耀鑽石和深邃藍寶石,眼睛更點綴璀璨黃鑽。胸針的一大特色是頭部可以左右轉動,據說當溫莎公爵夫人在派對上將頭部向左轉時,就是要向公爵暗示:「我想離開這場宴會回家了。」如此細心低調的巧思設計,體現了溫莎公爵對夫人的濃濃愛意和體貼。