Christie’s London announces highlights of the forthcoming Important Jewels auction on 3 June 2015. The sale includes an array of both antique and modern jewellery, signed pieces by the great houses such as Bulgari, Cartier, Dior, Graff, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, together with some exceptional coloured stones and diamonds. The sale comprises 395 lots and is expected to achieve in excess of £7 million.
Leading the sale is a superb 1960s emerald and diamond suite, by Bulgari (estimate: £250,000-300,000). Bulgari jewels of the 1960s are typified by their bold use of vibrant colour in conjunction with an extensive employment of stones cut en cabochon. This suite is a quintessential example of the best of Bulgari.
- Diamond suite, by Bulgari
TOP SIGNED JEWELS – CARTIER
The Cartier section of this sale comprises over 60 examples, and encapsulates the broad spectrum of design of this great jewellery house; including eight iconic ‘Panthere’ and tiger jewels, each capturing the essence of these famous Cartier motifs in their sleek and alluring form.
- A unique 18 carat white and blackened gold diamond ‘Panthere’ watch, by Cartier Estimate: £180,000 - 250,000
With collectors’ ever-increasing demand for high quality natural pearls, Christie’s London offers an excellent selection of natural pearls in a variety of shapes and designs.
- A natural pearl and diamond necklace, mounted by Boucheron Estimate: £150,000 - 200,000
PRECIOUS GEMS AND DIAMOND HIGHLIGHTS
The sale features a number of private collections with rare jewels of high importance and a broad selection of stones in a variety of cuts and colours, including a Burma ruby of 8 carats and a Burma sapphire of 28 carats, both with no indication of thermal treatment.
- A ruby and diamond ring Estimate: £100,000 - 150,000
There is a continued demand for Art Deco jewels, which celebrate the creative flair and geometric design of the period. This sale represents the Art Deco style with a stunning array of examples by the leading houses and designers.
- An impressive Art Deco diamond bracelet, by Hennell Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000
PERIOD AND VINTAGE JEWELLERY RANGING FROM EARLY 1800s TO 1980s
The demand for historic jewellery with provenance continues undiminished, with collectors around the world competing for these fragments of history. Magnificent pieces of antique jewellery at a wide range of estimates feature in this sale; amongst which a magnificent 19th century sapphire and diamond parure from the collection of a royal house and a striking peridot riviere; as wearable today as it was at its inception over 100 years ago.
- An important 19th century sapphire and diamond necklace, tiara and corsage ornament Estimate: £280,000 - 350,000