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Getting spring ready, Bonham’s precious stones exude vibrancy and style

The auction house’s California Jewels Sale presents an iconic and captivating collection of jewelry, full of artistry and design.

Renowned auction house Bonhams is presenting its first California Jewels sale of 2023 on February 22. The sale will present a selection of exceptional jewels, including signed pieces from leading houses such as Cartier, Bulgari, Graff, and Van Cleef & Arpels, to renowned designers including Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co., and quintessential American jeweler David Webb.

Diamond and platinum bracelet Bonhams
A platinum and diamond bracelet, offered with an estimate of US$ 22,000-28,000.  

Weddings are incomplete without the bling that diamonds bring and with that in mind, the collection has gorgeous icy diamond jewels, from a platinum and 156 graduated baguette diamond line necklace to a platinum and diamond ring with a central emerald-cut diamond, both offered with an estimate of US$50,000-70,000. An ornate platinum and diamond bracelet of 265 marquise-shaped, baguette and round diamonds define wedding style with its elegant proportions.

Leading the diamond sale is an 18K white gold and marquise-shaped diamond ring offered with an estimate of US$140,000-200,000. Another highlight is a stylish Cartier platinum and diamond dress clip, a style currently seeing a resurgence within jewelry trends. Rihanna’s recent 57th Superbowl 2023 Halftime performance, where the singer sported vintage diamond brooches, are a nod to this comeback trend.

Cartier Diamond brooch Bonhams
A platinum and diamond Cartier dress clip, circa 1929, offered with an estimate of US$ 75,000-100,000.  

Adding a stylish David Webb 18K gold cuff with a central set emerald-cut aquamarine, an 18K gold bracelet by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. and more, the collection will offer its bidders stunning cuff bracelets. An exceptional Verdura 18K gold and gem-set wood bracelet featuring a Maltese cross set with ruby and emerald cabochons, round cultured pearls and round diamonds, is offered with an estimate of US$18,000-22,000.

Emily Waterfall, Director of Jewelry Department, Los Angeles says “We are excited to start 2023 with our California Jewels sale that has some extraordinary jewels to capture everyone’s imagination, from exquisite high carat diamonds and statement cuffs to the more classic and refined pieces that never go out of style.”

David Webb gold aquamarine cuff Bonhams
A platinum, 18k gold, aquamarine and diamond bracelet by David Webb, offered with an estimate of US$ 8,000-12,000.  

The collection features 244 lots and the first 20 lots come from the collection of philanthropist Peggy Cravens.