Christie’s Lot 444 is a remarkable 14.66ct Kashmir sapphire. According to the experts at the Gubelin Gem Lab in Basel: “The velvety blue colour of this sapphire, poetically also referred to as ‘royal blue’, is due to very fine and subtle inclusions and a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone, typical and characteristic of the finest sapphires of Kashmir.” (Estimate: £400,000-£500,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
LONDON.- Christie’s London announces highlights of the upcoming Important Jewels auction on 26 November 2014. The sale includes an array of both antique and modern jewellery, signed pieces by the great houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Dior, Graff, Mauboussin, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, together with some exceptional coloured stones and diamonds. The sale totals 444 lots and is expected to achieve in excess of £9 million.
Leading the sale is a late 19th century sapphire and diamond brooch (estimate: £400,000- 500,000). At over 14 carats, this exceptional treasure was once owned by the Hon Evelina Rothschild, and could well have been a wedding present to the bride when she married Clive Behrens on 5 December 1899. What makes this brooch so special is the sapphire which is of Kashmir origin, bears no indications of heating and is rare in its finely proportioned cut and richly saturated colour. The sale offers two more highly desirable sapphires, a ‘royal blue’ late 19th century Burmese sapphire and diamond pendant of over 41 carats (estimate £200,000-300,000), and a Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring of 23 carats (estimate £200,000-300,000).
Leading the sale is lot 444, the remarkable 14.66ct Kashmir sapphire, is set in a Belle Epoque brooch surrounded by a cluster of old-cut diamonds that was formerly the property of Evelina Rothschild (estimate: £400,000-£500,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
With collectors’ ever-increasing demand for investment quality diamonds, Christie’s London will offer an excellent selection of stones in a variety of cuts and colours. There are several private collections within this sale, each containing rare jewels of high importance.
- A fancy coloured diamond ring Estimate: £300,000 – 500,000
- A pair of internally flawless diamond ear pendants, by Graff Estimate: £150,000 – 180,000
- A single-stone diamond ring, by Graff Estimate: £180,000 – 220,000
Van Cleef and Arpels: The Property of a Lady
Christie’s is honoured to present The Property of a Lady, sold by order of The Executors. This private collection features a group of beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels Mystery-Set jewels; the patented mystery setting technique exemplifies the jewellery house’s superb level of craftsmanship.
• Ruby and diamond ‘fleurettes’ ear pendants, by Van Cleef & Arpels Estimate: £80,000 – 100,000
Lot 471 is a pair of Van Cleef & Arpels mystery set ruby and diamond earrings dating from 1990 (estimate: £80,000-100,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
• A pair of Mystery-Set sapphire and diamond ‘campanule’ ear clips, by Van Cleef & Arpels Estimate: £40,000 – 60,000
• A pair of emerald drop and diamond ear pendants, by Van Cleef & Arpels Estimate: £60,000 – 80,000
Period and Vintage Jewellery Ranging from Early 1800s to 1980s
• A pair of rare Georgian diamond ear pendants, circa 1810 Estimate: £25,000 – 35,000
• An Art Deco natural pearl and diamond necklace/clip brooch Estimate: £80,000 – 100,000
• A pair of mid-20th century diamond ear clips, by Cartier Estimate: £60,000 – 80,000
Lot 252 at Christie’s sale of Important Jewels in London this November is a Burmese Sapphire pendant set with a 41.00ct Burmese sapphire (estimate £200,000-300,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 248, a sapphire and diamond tiara dating from 1890, is regal yet delicate (estimate: £30,000-40,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 43 is a pair of 19th century natural pearl and diamond earrings (estimate: £30,000-40,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 4, a dragonfly brooch dating from the late 19th century, looks real enough to flutter its wings (estimate: £5,000-7,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 334 is not the most expensive or even the most beautiful, but it is intriguing: a late 19th century conch pearl necklace with a mix of natural and nubby conch pearls (estimate: £3,000-5,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Top Signed Jewels-Cartier
The Cartier section of this sale comprises over 70 pieces, and encapsulates the broad spectrum of design of this great jewellery house; from an early 20th century enamel and diamond desk clock, Art Deco aquamarine and diamond ear pendants, an emerald and diamond scarab brooch of the 1950s, to the modern day with eleven iconic ‘Panthere’ jewels, each capturing the essence of this famous Cartier motif in their sleek and alluring form.
• Early 20th century enamel and diamond desk clock, by Cartier Estimate: £15,000 – 20,000
• A gem and diamond reversible ‘Panthere’ pendant necklace, by Cartier Estimate: £19,000 – 25,000
• A diamond ‘Panthere’ ring, by Cartier Estimate: £12,500 – 18,500
Lot 239 is a stylish Cartier clock dating from circa 1925 crafted from rock crystal, enamel, mother-of-pearl and diamonds (estimate: £40,000-60,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 234, a warm, honey-hued citrine bracelet by Cartier, sums up the elegance of the Art Deco era (estimate: £25,000-35,000).
Lot 203, a Cartier lapis lazuli ring, is striking for its Art Deco simplicity (estimate: £8,000-10,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 220 is an emerald, ruby and diamond Scarab brooch signed by Cartier (estimate: £8,000-12,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 203 is an impressive Cartier Panthère ring with peridot eyes (£2,500-3,500). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The 4th of August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War. A Poppy brooch has been designed, created and donated by George Pragnell (estimate £5,000-10,000), and is being sold to benefit The Royal British Legion
Lot 434, a 23.00ct Ceylon sapphire ring, flanked by diamonds (estimate: £140,000-180,000), makes up a very special trio of sapphires at Christie’s Important Jewels sale in London on 26 November 2014. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 171 is a five-strand natural pearl necklace with diamonds. The central pearl has an exceptional lustre (estimate: £80,000-100,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Lot 99, a contemporary cuff by Spanish artist jeweller Vicente Gracia from Valencia, is one to watch (estimate: £18,000-25,000). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014