For its first auction of this Autumn, Christie’s New York will feature diamonds and pearlswhich are amongst the best to come up for sale in the last five years, with diamonds in excess of 50ct each and an expected sale of $35 million from 372 lots.
Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewellery for Christie’s America and Switzerland, explains: “Our team of jewellery specialists has spent the summer months gathering the finest gems to match current collecting tastes, including top-quality diamonds, natural pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, rare vintage jewels and highly coveted, contemporary creations from the best designers.”
Highlights of the sale include a trio of diamonds pieces with top lustre and sparkle. With an estimate of $3.2million, the 68.35ct fancy oval-cut intense yellow diamond is internally flawless and a spectacular sight. Equally dazzling at an ice cool 50.52ct is a pear-shaped D-colour flawless diamond pendant necklace, which would go well with the diamond ear pendants estimated at $6.5million.
But it’s not all about diamonds – there is an impressive array of natural pearls, too. A rare double strand of natural pearls, complete with a 3ct D-colour diamond clasp signed by Cartier, has an estimate of $3.5 million. Made up of 120 large pearls, the colours range from white to light creams. This isn’t the only named piece on sale – there is a range of signed jewellery up for auction. The more colourful of these are two mystery-set pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimated at $70,000, the “honeycomb” motif ruby and diamond bracelet uses the exclusive setting technique to great effect – the hexagonal stones create a brilliant contrast with the curve of the bracelet. A pair of ruby and diamond ear clips with matching brooch, also by Van Cleef & Arpels, are in the form of a flower blossom with diamond pistils and leaves, estimated at $90,000.
The auction will take place at Christie’s New York on October 16th.
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