NEW YORK – Christie’s is pleased to announce the highlights of its upcoming Important Jewels auction on October 20 in New York. This auction is among the first to launch the much-anticipated fall season of Christie’s worldwide jewelry auctions and features over 300 individual jewels, including a wide selection of colored diamonds and colorless diamonds, colored gemstones and signed jewelry. Estimates for items range from $3,000 up to $3 million, with the total sale expected to achieve in the region of $20 million. The full sale e-catalogue is posted online at http://www.christies.com with easy links for online bidder registration and browsing.
The sale is led by a superb 75.56 carat brilliant-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond ring estimated at $3,000,000 – 4,000,000. The term “fancy vivid” represents colored diamonds of the highest quality in color saturation. A diamond of this size and color is truly exceptional. Also featured is a cushion-cut fancy yellow diamond ring of 34.12 carats, mounted in platinum and 18k gold (pictured below, far left); and a pear-shaped Fancy Intense yellowish-green diamond ring of 7.11 carats, set within a circular-cut pink diamond surround. Colorless diamond jewels on offer include an important D color marquise-cut diamond ring of 18.80 carats, and two perfectly matched, impressive circular-cut diamonds of 20.02 and 20.01 carats, set as single-stone rings.
Also on offer is a selection of impressive pieces by the American jeweler David Webb from The Collection of a Distinguished Lady. Highlights include a whimsical spider brooch, its body set with a large cushion-cut kunzite (estimate: $30,000 – $50,000) and several other bold pieces by Webb, who custom-made these exceptional designs for this collector.
Following the recent revival of the brooch as an important accent piece and fashion statement, this auction presents several rare and important brooches that are signed by iconic jewelry design houses: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., and David Webb. A diamond brooch is designed with a spectacular cluster of thirteen pear and marquise brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 42.35 carats. A delightful diamond and emerald “Ballet Precieu” brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels bears a rose-cut diamond face trimmed with diamonds and a pear-shaped emerald, and a tutu accented by marquise-cut emeralds. And a “Fish Brooch” by the legendary designer Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. features two pavé-set diamond fish with gold and enamel fins and a cabochon sapphire eye.
Particularly rare to auction are two brooches of pre-Columbian figures designed by Donald Claflin, an American designer known for his flamboyant and whimsical designs, from his time at Tiffany around 1967. Each of the Peruvian figures is made with finely carved coral, turquoise, pink tourmaline and citrine, a miniature recreation of the posture and costume found on traditional Pre-Columbian, Peruvian ceremonial knives. Another rare design is an art deco brooch by Cartier depicting the torso of a bejeweled man wearing an elaborate turban, which is estimated at $15,000-20,000.
Rare gemstones are a key feature of the sale, taking the form of iconic signed pieces. Among the key highlights is a sapphire and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, that may also be worn as a bracelet (estimate: $130,000-180,000) and a pair of sapphire and diamond ear pendants by David Webb, each with a graduated sapphire bead tassel topped by oval-cut cabochon sapphires of 30.43 and 28.42 carats, respectively (estimate: $125,000-170,000).
Additional signed jewels include a; spectacular Cartier Panthère ring estimated at $40,000-50,000; and a Bulgari Serpenti bracelet watch, the head with pear-shaped diamond eyes, which opens to reveal the watch face, estimated at $100,000-150,000.
Auction: October 20, Christie’s Rockefeller Center
Exhibition: October 16 – 19
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