HIGHLIGHTS OF CHRISTIE’S GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS SALE, May 16, 2018

Auction House Christie’s has announced the holding of its Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale, on May 16, 2018, at the Geneva Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Quai des Bergues 33, Geneva 1201, Switzerland. A total of 419 lots will be on offer at the auctions, which will be held in two sessions; the First Session starting at 1.30 PM offering Lots 1 to 274 and the Second Session starting at 7.00 PM offering Lots 275 to 419. The auction will be preceded by viewing of the lots, which has already been held at Christie’s flagship galleries in Hong Kong (March 31 – April 1), London (April 9 – 12) and New York (May 4 –8). In Geneva viewing of the lots will take place from May 11, 2018 to May 16, 2018, viewing times on the first and last days being from 10.00 AM to 8.00 PM and 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM respectively and on the remaining days from May 12, 2018 to May 15, 2018 from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

According to Christie’s the auction catalogue of Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale, May 16, 2018, reads as an encyclopedia of the finest jewelry, with lots ranging from a late 19th century Tiffany & Co. emerald and diamond necklace to an important collection of modern Cartier pieces. The sale will feature a selection of exceptional jewels consisting of colored and colorless diamonds, colored gemstones such as emeralds, rubies, sapphires etc., organic gemstones such as natural and cultured pearls, mother-of-pearl, corals etc. Apart from this period jewelry such as Art Deco and Retro jewelry will feature prominently at the sale, as well as animal-themed jewelry.

Colorless and Colored diamond lots are among the top highlights of the sale, and based on estimates out of the 10 most valued lots of the sale, the top lot and three other lots are colorless diamond lots, five lots are colored diamond lots, and one a colored gemstone lot.

 

COLORLESS DIAMIOND LOTS

Colorless Diamond Lots 419, 320, 352 and 402 are among the ten most-valued lots of the sale.

 

LOT 419 - SUPERB DIAMOND RING, HARRY WINSTON
LOT 419 – SUPERB DIAMOND RING, HARRY WINSTON

 

LOT 419 – SUPERB DIAMOND RING, HARRY WINSTON – from an important private collection, with an estimate of CHF 5,000,000 – 7,000,000 (USD 5,003,688 – 7,005,163) is the top highlight of the sale. Ring size 6 ¾, platinum ring with maker’s mark, is set with a D-color, VVS1 clarity, cushion brilliant-cut diamond weighing 50.47 carats.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that the cushion brilliant-cut, 50.47-carat diamond is D-color, Type IIa and VVS1 clarity but potentially Internally Flawless.

 

LOT 320 – DIAMOND RING
LOT 320 – DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 320 – DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of CHF1,800,000 – 2,500,000 (USD 1,801,328 – 2,501,844) is the 6th most-valued lot and the 2nd most-valued colorless diamond lot of the sale. Ring size 8 ½, platinum ring is claw-set with a D-color, VVS2 clarity, marquise brilliant-cut diamond weighing 21.83 carats.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that the marquise brilliant-cut, 21.83-carat diamond is D-color, Type IIa, VVS2 clarity but potentially Internally Flawless.

 

LOT 352 - IMPRESSIVE DIAMOND RIVIÈRE NECKLACE
LOT 352 – IMPRESSIVE DIAMOND RIVIÈRE NECKLACE

 

LOT 352 – IMPRESSIVE DIAMOND RIVIÈRE NECKLACE – with an estimate CHF 1,700,000 – 2,200,000  (USD 1,701,254 – 2,201,623) is the 7th highlight of the sale based on estimates. The 41 cm (16 ins),  choker length, silver and gold rivière necklace is set with a series of 26 graduated old circular-cut diamonds, graduating in size from the front to the rear, and claw-set on closed-back settings.  The largest five diamonds weigh respectively 15.04, 13.02, 13.20, 12.82 and 11.08 carats,

 

LOT 402 - DIAMOND EARRINGS
LOT 402 – DIAMOND EARRINGS

 

LOT 402 – DIAMOND EARRINGS – The property of a private collector, with an estimate of CHF 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 (USD 1,501,106 – 2,001,475) is another significant colorless diamond lot of the sale. Each of the pair of gold pendant earrings, 3.5 cm in length, is set with a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing respectively 9.09 and 9.03 carats, highlighted by a row of circular-cut diamonds, suspended by a circular loop at the top, from a linear surmount, also set with circular-cut diamonds.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that the round brilliant-cut weighing 9.09 and 9.03 carats, are both D-color, Type IIa, VVS1 clarity but potentially Internally Flawless.

 

COLORED DIAMOND LOTS

The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5thand 8th most-valued lots of the sale are colored diamond lots.

 

LOT 381 – RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING
LOT 381 – RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 381 – RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of CHF 4,000,000 – 5,000,000 (USD 4,002,950 – 5,003,688) is the 2nd most-valued and the top colored diamond highlight of the sale. Ring size 6, white gold ring is double claw-set with a fancy light purplish-pink cut-cornered rectangular brilliant-cut diamond weighing 33.51 carats, flanked on either side by a tapered baguette-cut colorless diamond.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that the cut-cornered rectangular brilliant-cut diamond weighing 33.51 carats is Fancy Light Purplish-Pink color and VS2 clarity.

 

LOT-414 - SENSATIONAL COLOURED DIAMOND RING
LOT-414 – SENSATIONAL COLOURED DIAMOND RING

 

LOT-414 – SENSATIONAL COLOURED DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of CHF 3,800,000 – 4,500,000 (USD 3,802,803 – 4,503,319) is the 3rd most-valued and the 2nd colored diamond highlight of the sale. Ring size 6 ¼, white gold ring is double claw-set with a cut-cornered rectangular step-cut, fancy vivid yellow diamond weighing 20.49 carats.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that 20.49-carat, cut-cornered rectangular step-cut diamond is Fancy Vivid Yellow color and VVS1 clarity.

 

LOT 406 - COLOURED DIAMOND RING
LOT 406 – COLOURED DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 406 – COLOURED DIAMOND RING – The property of a private collector, with an estimate of CHF 3,500,000 – 5,000,000 (USD 3,502,581-5,003,688) is the 4th most-valued and the 3rd colored diamond highlight of the sale. Ring size 6 ¼, white gold ring is claw-set with a cut-cornered rectangular brilliant-cut, fancy intense purplish-pink diamond weighing 8.52 carats.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that 8.52-carat, cut-cornered rectangular brilliant-cut diamond is Fancy Intense Purplish Pink color and VVS1 clarity.

 

LOT 418 - RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND 'TOI ET MOI' RING, CARTIER
LOT 418 – RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND ‘TOI ET MOI’ RING, CARTIER

 

LOT 418 – RARE COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND ‘TOI ET MOI’ RING, CARTIER – The property of an important private collector, with an estimate of CHF 2,500,000 – 3,500,000 (USD 2,501,844 – 3,502,581) is the 5th most valued and the 4th colored diamond highlight of the sale. Ring size 5 ½, platinum and yellow gold “Toi et Moi” ring, signed Cartier and numbered, is set with a 5.03-carat, pear modified brilliant-cut, fancy intense blue diamond and a matching 4.16-carat, pear modified brilliant-cut, fancy vivid yellow diamond, the curved hoop below the blue diamond set with tapered baguette-cut yellow diamonds and the curved hoop below the yellow diamond set with tapered baguette-cut white diamonds.

One GIA report states that the 5.03-carat, pear modified brilliant-cut diamond is Fancy Intense Blue color, Type IIb, and SI2 clarity.

A second GIA report states that the 4.16 carat, pear modified brilliant-cut diamond is Fancy Vivid Yellow color and SI1 clarity.

 

LOT 342 - COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING
LOT 342 – COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 342 – COLOURED DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of CHF 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 (USD 1,501,106 – 2,001,475) is the 8th most-valued lot and the 5th colored diamond highlight of the sale. Ring size 6 ¼, white gold ring has as its centerpiece a claw-set cushion mixed-cut, fancy intense purplish- pink diamond weighing 5.19 carats, highlighted by an immediate row of circular-cut diamonds and after a short spacing a second row of circular-cut diamonds still on the gallery of the ring, and more circular-cut diamonds on the upper hoop of the ring.

GIA report accompanying the lot states that the 5.19-carat, cushion mixed-cut diamond is Fancy Intense Purplish-Pink color and SI2 clarity.

 

SAPPHIRE LOTS

 

LOT 391 - IMPORTANT SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, BULGARI
LOT 391 – IMPORTANT SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, BULGARI

 

LOT 391 – IMPORTANT SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, BULGARI – is the top colored gemstone lot among the first ten most-valued lots of the sale. The sapphire lot with an estimate of CHF 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 (USD 1,501,106 – 2,001,475) is the top sapphire highlight of the sale.

Each of the pair of earrings, 2.8 cm in length, and signed Bulgari, is claw-set with an oval-shaped Burma blue sapphire at the center, weighing 22.77 carats and 21.42 carats respectively, highlighted by a row of circular-cut colorless diamonds.

Two lab reports by SSEF state that the oval-shaped sapphires weighing 22.769 carats and 21.426 carats are both of Burma origin, “Royal Blue” in color, with no indications of heat enhancement.

Lab report by Gübelin Gem Lab states that the oval-shaped sapphires weighing 22.77 carats and 21.42 carats respectively are both of Burma origin, “Royal Blue” in color with no indications of heating.wp

Two other significant sapphire lots are Lots 351 and 377.

 

 LOT 351 - SUPERB SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING

LOT 351 – SUPERB SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 351 – SUPERB SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING – A property from a private collection, with an estimate of CHF 800,000 – 1,200,000 (USD 800,590 – 1,200,885) is another sapphire highlight of the sale. Ring size 6, platinum ring is double claw-set with a sugar-loaf cabochon Kashmir blue sapphire weighing 15.08 carats, flanked by two pear-shaped white diamonds set on the shoulders on either side of the ring.

GGL report in respect of the sapphire states that the sugar-loaf sapphire weighing 15.08 carats is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.

SSEF report, also in respect of the sapphire confirms that the sugar-loaf sapphire weighing 15.085 carats, is of Kashmir origin with no indications of heating, and of “royal blue” color known in the trade as “cornflower blue.”

 

LOT 377 - ART DÉCO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
LOT 377 – ART DÉCO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

 

LOT 377 – ART DÉCO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS – with an estimate of CHF 800,000 – 1,200,000 (USD 800,590 – 1,200,885) is another significant sapphire highlight of the sale. The adjustable platinum bracelet designed circa 1939, with French assay marks, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, and numbered, is claw-set with rows of octagonal step-cut sapphires in three segments, separated by a single row of baguette-cut white diamonds and two rectangular zones set with old-cut diamonds on either side of the middle of each sapphire segment.

SSEF report in respect of the sapphires state that the sapphires weighing approximately 45 carats in total are mostly of Sri Lanka, Kashmir and Burma origins, with some from other sources, with the majority of sapphires showing no indications of heating, but some sapphires do show such indications.

The same lot appeared at a Christie’s auction in New York, on October 21, 1993 and was assigned Lot No. 588.

 

EMERALD LOTS

 

LOT 359 - EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
LOT 359 – EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

 

Top among the Emerald Lots is LOT 359 – EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS – with an estimate of CHF 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 (USD 1,000,738 – 1,501,106). Each of the platinum and white gold pendant earrings, 6.1 cm long, is double claw-set with an octagonal step-cut emerald of identical size and shape, weighing respectively 42.25 carats and 40.41 carats, suspended by a trapezoid three-tiered surmount set with circular-cut white diamonds, and a linear surmount above that, also set with circular-cut white diamonds.

AGL reports in respect of the two emeralds state that 42.25-carat and 40.41-carat emeralds are of Colombian origin with approved minor oil treatment, accompanied by appendix letters and pictures.

SSEF reports also state that the 42.249-carat and 40.413-carat emeralds are of Colombia origin, with minor oil treatment and accompanied by appendix letters and premium books.

GGL reports also confirm that the 42.25-carat and 40.41-carat emeralds are of Colombia origin with minor oil treatment.

Muzo certificates of origin and traceability are also available.

Other significant emerald lots include Lots 315 and 407.

 

LOT 315 - IMPORTANT LATE 19TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY TIFFANY & Co.
LOT 315 – IMPORTANT LATE 19TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY TIFFANY & Co.

 

LOT 315 – IMPORTANT LATE 19TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY TIFFANY & Co. – The property of a Lady, with an estimate of CHF 700,000 – 1,200,000 (USD 700,000 – 1,200,000) is another emerald highlight of the sale. The 39 cm (15 ins), choker length, yellow gold necklace, designed in the 1880s, and signed Tiffany & Co., is composed of 13 graduated circular-cut emeralds ranging in weight from 1.70 carats to 7.19 carats, highlighted by a circular-cut diamond surround, joined by circular gold links set in the middle with lily-flower-like fringes, also set with circular-cut diamonds.

SSEF report accompanying the lot states that the emeralds are of Colombia origin with none to minor oil treatment

This lot featured in a Christie’s New York, auction held  on 24 October 1996 under Lot No. 551, and referred to as The Property of a Private Collector.

 

LOT 407 - EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING
LOT 407 – EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING

 

LOT 407 – EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING – The property of a Lady, with an estimate of CHF 400,000 – 600,000 (USD 400,000 – 600,000) is another significant emerald lot of the sale. Ring size 7, platinum ring is double claw-set on yellow gold with a cut-cornered square emerald cut (octagonal step-cut) emerald of 8.33 carats, flanked on either side by a tapered baguette-cut diamond on the shoulders of the ring.

GGL report accompanying the lot states that the 8.38-carat octagonal step-cut emerald is of Colombia origin with insignificant oil treatment. A second report by SSEF confirms that the approximately 8.0 carats emerald is of Colombia origin with minor oil treatment.

 

RUBY LOTS

 

LOT 378 - ART DÉCO RUBY, SYNTHETIC RUBY AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
LOT 378 – ART DÉCO RUBY, SYNTHETIC RUBY AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

 

Top among the Ruby Lots is LOT 378 – ART DÉCO RUBY, SYNTHETIC RUBY AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS – with an estimate of CHF 700,000 – 1,200,000 (USD 700,000 – 1,200,000). The platinum bracelet with inner circumference of 19.4 cm (7.6 ins), signed Van Cleef & Arpels Paris, numbered, and with French assay marks, designed circa 1939, is similar in design to Lot 277 – ART DÉCO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS – described above. The bracelet is claw-set with seven rows of oval, cushion and circular-cut rubies in three segments, separated by a single row of baguette-cut white diamonds and two rectangular zones set with old-cut diamonds on either side of the middle of each ruby-set segment.

SSEF report no. 99647 dated 24 April 2018, states that the total weight of rubies is approximately 30 carats and the origin of 43 rubies in the bracelet is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating; and that 2 rubies are synthetic rubies.

Other significant Ruby Lots include Lots 309 and 48.

 

 

LOT 309 - LATE 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
LOT 309 – LATE 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

 

LOT 309 – LATE 19TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE- The property of an important private collector, with an estimate CHF150,000 – 250,000 (USD 150,000 – 250,000) is another significant ruby lot in the sale. The 38 cm (15 ins), choker length, silver and gold fringe necklace designed in the 1890s, consists of neckchain composed of a graduated row of circular-cut rubies surrounded by old-cut diamonds, forming rosettes, placed end to end. Seventeen pear-shaped fringes centered on a pear-shaped ruby surrounded by old-cut diamonds, arise from the lower half of the necklace. The central pear-shaped fringe arising from a median large ruby-centered rosette, and eight smaller pear-shaped fringes placed symmetrically on either side of the median fringe and arising from smaller ruby-centered rosettes.

AGL report accompanying the lot states that the rubies have a total weight of approximately 78 carats and are of Burma origin, with no evidence of heat enhancement. However the report is over 5 years old and might require an update.

 

LOT 48 - EARLY 20TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
LOT 48 – EARLY 20TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

 

LOT 48 – EARLY 20TH CENTURY RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS – The property of an important private collector, but previously the property of an European Princely Family, with an estimate of CHF 75,000 –  125,000 (USD 75,000 – 125,000) is another significant ruby lot of the sale. Each of the pair of pendant earrings, 3.8 cm long is set with an oval-cut ruby as centerpiece, weighing respectively 3.0 carats and 2.9 carats, highlighted by a pear-shaped circular-cut colorless diamond surround, suspended by a linear surmount collet-set with five circular-cut diamonds, the topmost diamond being the largest.

SSEF report accompanying the lot states that the two oval-cut rubies weigh approximately 3.0 and 2.9 carats, and are of Burma origin with no indications of heating. However this report is over five years old and might require an update.

The same pair of pendant earrings appeared at a Christie’s Geneva auction on 14 November 2012, under Lot No. 585 and was said to be the Property of a European Princely Family.

 

NATURAL PEARL LOTS

 

LOT 319 - NATURAL PEARL, CULTURED PEARL AND RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
LOT 319 – NATURAL PEARL, CULTURED PEARL AND RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

 

Top among the natural pearl lots is LOT 319 – NATURAL PEARL, CULTURED PEARL AND RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE – which is in fact a 99% natural pearl lot as only one out of the 235 pearls in the necklace has been found to be a cultured pearl. The four-strand natural pearl necklace with the inner strand measuring 44.5 cm, are composed of 65, 61, 56 and 53 pearls respectively from the outer to the inner strands. The pearls which range in size from 5.55 mm to 11.00 mm have a white to cream body color with pink overtones. The luster and orient of the pearls, caused respectively by reflection and refraction of light, are also exceptional, in keeping with their saltwater origins.

The four strands of the necklace are connected to the platinum and gold clasp behind set with a cushion-shaped ruby in the center, surrounded by old-cut diamonds.

SSEF report accompanying the lot, states that out of the 235 pearls in the necklace, 231 pearls are saltwater natural pearls, 3 pearls are freshwater natural pearls and one pearl a saltwater cultured pearl.

 

Other Natural Pearl lots include Lots 338 and 396

 

LOT 338 - COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
LOT 338 – COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

 

LOT 338 – COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS – with an estimate of CHF 100,000 – 150,000 (USD 100,000 – 150,000) is another significant natural pearl lot of the sale. Each of the platinum and gold pendant earrings, 4.8 cm long, suspends a drop-shaped natural white saltwater pearl of dimensions 10.80 – 10.90 x 14.15 mm and 10.40 – 10.70 x 14.30 mm respectively, by a bell-cap arrangement set with circular-cut diamonds, from a linear decorative surmount also set with circular-cut diamonds, with a collet-set large circular-cut diamond at the top, and a colored button-shaped or oval-shaped natural saltwater pearl set in the middle of the surmount. The button-shaped brownish-grey natural saltwater pearl has dimensions of 7.40 – 7.45 x 7.70 mm and the oval-shaped dark brownish grey natural saltwater pearl has dimensions of 7.25 – 7.35 x 8.20 mm.

SSEF report accompanying the Lot states that the drop-shaped white pearls weighing approximately 10 and 11 carats are saltwater natural pearls. The button-shaped brownish-grey pearl weighing approximately 3.0 carats is a saltwater natural pearl, and the oval-shaped dark brownish-grey pearl weighing approximately 3.1 carats is also saltwater natural pearl, both colored pearls without any artificial color modification.

 

LOT 396 - COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH
LOT 396 – COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH

 

LOT 396 – COLOURED NATURAL PEARL, NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH – with an estimate of CHF 60,000 – 80,000 (USD 60,000 – 80,000) is another significant natural pearl lot of the sale. The 5.0 cm long platinum and gold linear brooch is set with a row of dark brownish grey, white and brownish grey button-shaped natural pearls ranging in diameter from 10.70 to 11.15 mm, separated by rectangular step-cut colorless diamonds.

SSEF report accompanying the lot states that the dark brownish grey, white and brownish grey button-shaped pearls weigh respectively 7.9, 8.3 and 8.2 carats and are saltwater natural pearls. The colored pearls show no indications of artificial color modification.

 

CULTURED PEARL LOTS

Significant Cultured Pearl Lots include Lots 19, 29 and 21

 

LOT 19 - COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, CARTIER
LOT 19 – COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, CARTIER

 

LOT 19 – COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, CARTIER – with an estimate of CHF 20,000 – 30,000 (USD 20,000 – 30,000) is a significant cultured pearl lot of the sale.  The 45.1 cm (17.7 ins), Princes length single-strand colored cultured pearl pendant necklace signed Cartier and numbered, is made up of 31 spherical and near-spherical, graduated grey cultured pearls, with a median large pearl from which a pendant is suspended, and 15 graduated pearls on either side of the median pearl. The detachable pendant made up of a drop-shaped grey cultured pearl is suspended by a bell-cap arrangement set with circular-cut diamonds from a linear surmount collet-set with four circular-cut diamonds, suspended in turn by a U-shaped suspension, from either side of the median large spherical pearl. The clasp behind is also set with circular-cut diamonds.

 

LOT 29 - DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL EARRINGS
LOT 29 – DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL EARRINGS

 

LOT 29 – DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL EARRINGS – with an estimate of CHF 10,000 – 15,000 (USD 10,000 – 15,000). Each of the pair of pendant earrings, 7.6 cm long, suspends a drop-shaped white cultured pearl by a bell-cap arrangement set with circular-cut diamonds from a  diamond-set spray surmount consisting of marquise-shaped diamonds representing leaves, baguette-cut diamonds representing the stem and more marquise and circular-cut diamonds arising from the stem and representing leaves and fruits,

 

LOT 21 - COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, CARTIER
LOT 21 – COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, CARTIER

 

LOT 21 – COLOURED CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, CARTIER – with an estimate CHF 6,000 – 8,000 (USD 6,000 – 8,000) is another cultured pearl lot of the sale. Each of the pair of earrings, 3.2 cm width, signed Cartier and numbered, has as its centerpiece a button-shaped grey cultured pearl surrounded by marquise and circular-cut diamonds, mounted on platinum and gold.

 

ANIMAL MOTIF JEWELS

Several animal motif jewels by renowned designers and jewelry houses will also feature at the auctions. Some of the animal motif lots are Lots 390, 411, 300 and 301

 

LOT 390 - DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE, ONYX AND EMERALD 'PANTHÈRE' BANGLE, CARTIER
LOT 390 – DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE, ONYX AND EMERALD ‘PANTHÈRE’ BANGLE, CARTIER

 

LOT 390 – DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE, ONYX AND EMERALD ‘PANTHÈRE’ BANGLE, CARTIER – with an estimate of CHF 350,000 – 450,000 (USD 350,000 – 450,000) is a significant animal motif lot in the sale. The Platinum bangle with inner circumference of 17.2 cm, signed Cartier, numbered and with French assay marks, is designed as two panthers with their heads and front legs facing one another and the body going round, the eyes set with marquise-cut emeralds, and the body interspersed with fancy-shaped onyx and sapphire representing the spots of the panther, and the head and front part of the body pave-set with circular-cut diamonds.

 

LOT 411 - COLOURED DIAMOND, EMERALD, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND DIAMOND 'LES OISEAUX LIBÉRÉS' BANGLE, CARTIER
LOT 411 – COLOURED DIAMOND, EMERALD, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND DIAMOND ‘LES OISEAUX LIBÉRÉS’ BANGLE, CARTIER

 

LOT 411 – COLOURED DIAMOND, EMERALD, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND DIAMOND ‘LES OISEAUX LIBÉRÉS’ BANGLE, CARTIER – with an estimate of CHF 200,000 – 300,000 (USD 200,000 – 300,000) is another animal motif lot by Cartier, known as the ‘LES OISEAUX LIBÉRÉS’ (FREE BIRDS) bangle. The yellow gold bangle with inner circumference of 16.0 cm, signed Cartier, numbered and with French assay marks is designed as two resting birds facing each other, the eyes set with circular-cut emeralds, the beaks made of mother-of-pearls, the head, neck and anterior feathers set with white circular-cut diamonds and the posterior feathers set with yellow circular-cut diamonds, and the remaining part of the bangle set with rows of white circular-cut diamonds.

 

LOT 300 - COLOURED DIAMOND, DIAMOND AND EMERALD 'LION COUCHÉ' SHOULDER BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN
LOT 300 – COLOURED DIAMOND, DIAMOND AND EMERALD ‘LION COUCHÉ’ SHOULDER BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN

 

LOT 300 – COLOURED DIAMOND, DIAMOND AND EMERALD ‘LION COUCHÉ’ SHOULDER BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN – with an estimate of CHF 150,000 – 250,000 (USD 150,000 – 250,000) is another important animal motif lot in the sale. The 9.5 cm long yellow gold brooch designed by René Boivin around the year 1960 is set with baguette-cut emeralds on the mane and mouth of the lion, circular-cut emeralds on the tail end, brown diamonds on the eye, circular and single-cut, brown, yellow and white diamonds on the front and rear legs, tail and the body.

 

LOT 301 - RUBY AND AMETHYST 'ÉTOILE DE MER' BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN
LOT 301 – RUBY AND AMETHYST ‘ÉTOILE DE MER’ BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN

 

LOT 301 – RUBY AND AMETHYST ‘ÉTOILE DE MER’ BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN – with an estimate of CHF 80,000 – 120,000 (USD 80,000 – 120,000) is another animal motif lot in the sale. The 12 cm long, yellow gold, “Broche Étoile de Mer” or Star Fish Brooch, designed by René Boivin in the 1950s, have flexible arms and are set on yellow gold with graduated cabochon rubies along the middle of each arm, radiating from a central large circular cabochon ruby, and also rows of smaller cabochon rubies on both sides of each arm. The spaces between the rubies are pave-set with circular-cut amethysts of varying sizes. The lot is accompanied by a certificate from Madame Françoise Cailles.

The same lot appeared at a Christie’s New York, Magnificent Jewels Sale held on 10th December 2014, under Lot 191.

 

 

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