Sotheby’s New York Spring Fine Jewels Sale to be held at their sales center in New York on Thursday, April 19, 2018 features a range of moderately priced jewels suited for any style or occasion, catering to a wider range of prospective customers, from as low as USD 400 – 600 to a high of USD 125,000 – 150,000. A total of 263 lots will be on offer at the auctions, consisting of bracelets, bangle bracelets, brooches, demi-parures and parures, earclips and earrings, necklaces and rings set with colored and colorless diamonds, colored gemstones, and organic gems such as natural and cultured pearls, corals etc. by renowned designers and jewelry houses such as Bulgari, Buccellati, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Oscar Heyman & Bros, Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels etc. Some of the iconic designs from coveted jewelers on offer, include “Alhambra” necklaces by Van Cleef & Arpels and “Diamonds by the Yard” necklaces by Tiffany & Co. The auction will be held in two sessions, the first session starting at 10.30 AM offering Lots 501 to 620 and the second session starting at 2.00 PM offering lots 621 to 763. The auction was preceded by exhibition of the lots from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM each day from Friday, April 13, 2018 to Tuesday, April 17, 2018
COLORED GEMSTONE LOTS
A colored gemstone lot is the top lot of the sale based on estimates, assigned LOT NO. 613 and titled SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING, CARTIER, PARIS, with an estimate of USD 125,000 – 150,000. Ring size 6¼, platinum ring signed Cartier Paris, numbered 010634, with French assay marks for platinum and workshop marks, is set with a cushion-cut Ceylon/Sri Lanka blue sapphire weighing 52.89 carats, the mounting highlighted with round and marquise-shaped diamonds.
The sapphire is a medium intense very slightly violetish-blue, slightly included with minor abrasions. AGL report no. 1089983 states that the sapphire is of Classic Ceylon origin, with no indications of heating.
Total weight of the round and marquise-shaped diamonds approximately 6.90 carats; average color-grade F-G color and clarity-grade VVS-Vs clarity.
Other significant Sapphire Lots include Lots 603 and 670.
LOT 603 – SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is another sapphire lot in the sale. Ring size 5¾, platinum ring is set with a cushion-cut Ceylon sapphire weighing 7.67 carats, flanked by two triangular-cut diamonds on the shoulders of the ring.
The sapphire has a medium violetish-blue color, with few inclusions and some minor abrasions to facet junctions. AGL report no. 1088057 states the sapphire is of Ceylon origin with no indications of heating
Total weight of triangular-shaped diamonds approximately 1.50 carats, average color-grade approximately G-H color and clarity-grade VS clarity.
LOT 670 – SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING – PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED ESTATE SOLD TO BENEFIT A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – with an estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is another sapphire lot of the sale.
Ring size 6¾ platinum ring is set with an oval-shaped Ceylon sapphire weighing 26.65 carats highlighted by round and pear-shaped diamonds on the gallery of the ring.
The sapphire having a medium light violetish-blue color is slightly included, with some surface reaching inclusions and small eye-visible chips to the table and girdle and minor abrasions to facet junctions. AGL report no. 1091046 states that the sapphire is of Ceylon origin, with no indications of heating.
Total weight of diamonds approximately 5.10 carats, average color-grade H-J color, clarity-grade predominantly VS clarity.
COLORLESS DIAMOND LOTS
After the top sapphire lot of the sale the next six highest valued lots are all colorless diamond lots, out of which significant ones are Lots 617, 699 and 752.
LOT 617 – DIAMOND, RUBY AND SAPPHIRE RING – PROPERTY FROM THE JACK AND EILEEN FEATHER COLLECTION, with an estimate of USD 100,000 – 125,000 is the top highlight of the colorless diamond lots. The Van Cleef & Arpels designed platinum ring of ring size 5¼, the shank made of three separate bands soldered together, the central band signed V.C&A. and Stamped PLAT, has as its centerpiece a colorless round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 7.16 carats, highlighted by a surround of five circular-cut and two square-cut diamonds, three circular-cut rubies and two circular-cut sapphires.
GIA report no. 2195036646 in respect of the round brilliant-cut, 7.16-carat diamond states that the diamond is H color and VS2 clarity.
The accenting circular-cut and square-cut diamonds have a total weight of approximately 2.60 carats with an average color-grade of G-H color and predominant clarity-grade of VS clarity. The rubies are a medium deep slightly purplish-red color, slightly included and well-matched. The sapphires are a medium deep blue color and eye-clean.
LOT 699 – GOLD AND DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of USD 50,000 – 70,00 is the second highlight of the colorless diamond lots in the sale. Ring size 6¼, 18k yellow gold ring of rope design, stamped 18k, is set with a round brilliant-cut colorless diamond weighing 5.03 carats. Gross weight of ring approximately 13 dwts.
GIA report no. 2195168053 in respect of the 5.03-carat, round brilliant-cut diamond, states that the diamond is G-color and SI1 clarity.
LOT 752 – DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of USD 40,000 – 60,000 is another significant colorless diamond lot of the sale. Ring size 5½, Iridium-Platinum alloy ring stamped 10% IRID. PLAT on the shank, is set with an emerald-cut diamond weighing 7.91 carats, flanked by two tapered baguette diamonds on the shoulders of the ring.
GIA report no. 5181907069 in respect of the emerald-cut, 7.91-carat diamond states that the diamond is K-color and VS2 clarity. The tapered baguette diamonds has a total weight of approximately 0.40 carat with an average color-grade of H-I color and clarity-grade of VVS-VS clarity. Accompanied by a gold mounting for alternative wear as a pendant.
COLORED DIAMOND LOTS
Top lots among colored diamond lots are Lots 601, 703 and 750.
LOT 601 – PAIR OF FANCY VIVID YELLOW DIAMOND AND DIAMOND EARCLIPS – with an estimate of USD 35,000 – 45,000 is the top highlight of colored diamond lots.
Length ¾ inch (1.9 CM), 18k gold earclips, stamped 750 for 18 karat gold, is designed as flowerheads, each centering on a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighing respectively 1.69 and 1.60 carats, highlighted by a double surround of circular-cut diamonds, fitted with post.
Two GIA reports, No. 14585296, dated September 8, 2005, states that the diamond weighing 1.69 carats is Fancy Vivid Yellow, Natural Color and VS2 clarity. No. 14468512, dated July 13, 2005, states that the diamond weighing 1.60 carats is Fancy Vivid Yellow, Natural Color and VS2 clarity.
The near colorless circular-cut diamonds has a total weight of approximately 5.20 carats, an average color-grade of approximately F-G color and a clarity-grade of VVS-VS clarity.
LOT 703 – FANCY YELLOW DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING – with an estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is another colored diamond lot in the sale. Ring size 7, platinum and 18k gold ring, stamped PT950 for platinum and 750 for 18 karat gold and inscribed 3.51 cts for the yellow diamond carat weight, is claw-set with a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut Fancy Yellow diamond weighing 3.51 carats, flanked by tapered baguette diamonds on the shoulders of the ring.
GIA report no. 5191053620 states that the diamond is Fancy Yellow, Natural Color and VS2 clarity.
The tapered baguette diamonds have a total weight of approximately 0.40 carat, an average color-grade of G-H color and clarity-grade of VS clarity.
Significant ruby lots include Lots 610, 672 and 623.
LOT 610 – RUBY AND DIAMOND NECKLACE AND PAIR OF EARCLIPS – PROPERTY FROM THE JACK AND EILEEN FEATHER COLLECTION – with an estimate of USD 30,000 – 50,000 is the highest valued ruby lot in the sale.
The 15-inch (38 cm) inner circumference choker-length platinum necklace, of braided design is set with oval-shaped rubies and baguette-cut diamonds, gathered at the front by a fringe of oval-shaped rubies.
The pair of earclips of matching design, each 2¼ inches (5.7 cm) in length, is surmounted by a cluster of oval-shaped rubies suspending a fringe of baguette-cut diamonds.
The rubies are a medium strongly purplish-red color, slightly to moderately included and well-matched for color.
Total weight of diamonds approximately 16.70 carats, with an average color-grade of G-H color and clarity grade of VVS-VS clarity.
LOT 672 – RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, OSCAR HEYMAN & BROTHERS – PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED ESTATE SOLD TO BENEFIT A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – with an estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is another ruby lot in the sale. The platinum-iridium alloy ring stamped IRID PLAT on the interior of shank, with maker’s mark for Oscar Heyman & Brothers and numbered 99997, has as its centerpiece a cushion-cut ruby weighing 6.14 carats, surrounded by eight oval-shaped diamonds,
The ruby is a deep-red color, slightly included with a surface reaching inclusion on the pavilion. AGL report no. 1091045 states that the ruby is of Thai origin, with indications of heating.
Total weight of diamonds approximately 2.00 carats, average color-grade G-H color, clarity-grade predominantly VS-clarity.
Some of the significant emerald lots include Lots 748, 728 and 623.
LOT 748 – EMERALD AND DIMOND RING – with an estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is a top lot among emerald lots. Ring size 6½, platinum ring with the shank interior engraved L. Rose K. Dughi, L. Pt. 900 is set with an emerald-cut emerald weighing 6.41 carats highlighted by a row of circular-cut diamonds, flanked by two kite-shaped step cut diamonds on the shoulders, also accented by circular-cut diamonds.
The emerald stated to weigh 6.41 carats, is a medium slightly bluish-green color, bright and lively. AGL report no. 1089590 states that the emerald is of Colombian origin, clarity enhancement: minor, type: traditional.
Total weight of accenting diamonds approximately 1.90 carats, average color-grade F-G color and clarity-grade VVS-VS clarity.
LOT 728 – PAIR OF EMERALD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS – with an estimate of USD 20,000 – 30,000 is another emerald lot of the sale. Each of the 2¼ inches (5.7 cm) pendant earrings with post and butterfly fittings, suspends a matching drop-shaped emerald, with combined weight of approximately 37.00 carats, by a bellcap set with circular-cut diamonds from a surmount of cascading round and pear-shaped diamonds. Dimensions of emeralds are respectively 16.0 x 12.8 x 11.0 mm and 15.9 x 13.0 x 12.2 mm. The emeralds are medium-dark green, moderately included with typical emerald inclusions.
Total weight of diamonds approximately 6.30 carats, average color-grade J-K color and clarity-grade VS-I1. The cascading line of diamonds is articulated and the emerald drops have nice movement when worn.
LOT 623 – GOLD, DIAMOND, EMERALD AND RUBY CUFF-BRACELET, BUCCELLATI – with estimate of USD 25,000 – 35,000 is an emerald lot mixed with diamonds and rubies.
The brushed gold cuff-bracelet of hinged design, with internal circumference of 7 inches (17.8 cm) and stamped 18K for 18k gold, with Italian registry mark for Milan, signed Gianmaria Buccellati, and numbered D3050, is accented with openwork floral motifs set with round diamonds, emeralds and rubies
The round diamonds with total weight of approximately 1.80 carats have an average color-grade of F-G color and clarity-grade of VS clarity. The rubies are a medium-deep slightly purplish-red of decorative quality. The emeralds are a medium slightly bluish-green of decorative quality. Gross weight approximately 61 dwts.
NATURAL PEARL LOTS
LOT 653 – NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT-NECKLACE – with an estimate of USD 18,000 – 22,000 is a significant natural pearl lot in the sale.
The 17 inches (43 cm), circa 1905, princess length necklace has a fine platinum link chain accented by old European and single-cut diamonds, suspending a pendant consisting of a drop-shaped natural light gray pearl with dimensions of 17.6 x 9.8 mm by a bellcap arrangement set with rose-cut diamonds. The mounting of pendant and diamond accents are made of 18 karat white gold.
GIA report no. 5181661856 states that the pearl is natural, saltwater, with no indications of treatment. The natural pearl is of light gray body color which lightens slightly towards the base of the drop, with soft aubergine overtones, and good skin with very light blemishes visible under 10x magnification. The diamonds are of decorative quality.
CULTURED PEARL LOTS
Some of the significant cultured pearl lots are Lots 543, 565 and 660.
LOT 543 – CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND RING, DAVID WEBB – with an estimate of USD 15,000 – 20,000 is the top highlight of cultured pearl lots. Ring size 3¾, platinum ring stamped PLAT and signed Webb, is of crossover design, set with a gray cultured pearl and a white cultured pearl, accented with round diamonds.
The dark gray cultured pearl is drop-shaped with moderate green and aubergine overtones, good luster, and minute pitting. The drop-shaped silvery white cultured pearl is off-round with soft blue, pink and green overtones, good luster, and minute ringing.
Total weight of round diamonds approximately 3.00 carats, average color-grade G-H color and clarity-grade VVS-VS clarity.