The fascinating lots include an important creation by Master Jeweler Glenn Spiro - ‘The Sienna Star’, and iconic designs from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more
June 3, 2021: Dazzling and showstopping jewels are set to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York’s Luxury Week on June 9, 2021. The much-anticipated sale will comprise a rich selection of 94 lots. The sale is distinguished by exceptional Kashmir and Ceylon sapphires, Colombian emeralds and Burmese rubies set into iconic designs, signed by the most prestigious maisons. Immediately following the Magnificent Jewels sale, online bidding will open for the single-lot auction of an exceptional 50.03-carat G color Round Diamond, offered with no reserve.
The undeniable highlight of the sale is an exceptionally important and truly magnificent Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond, crafted by Mayfair-based high-jeweller, Glenn Spiro. At 73.11 carats, The Sienna Star, carries the highest color grading for a yellow diamond by the GIA. The scarcity of fine yellow diamonds exceeding 50 carats makes the appearance of this stone at an auction a landmark moment in the world of fine gems! Representing a culmination of Mr. Spiro’s oeuvre, pairing the relentless pursuit of the world’s finest gemstones with daring and innovative design, The Sienna Star is offered with a pre-sale estimate in the region of $3 million.
The June auction is headlined by a Distinguished Private Collection boasting six breath-taking jewels, together estimated in excess of $13 million and sold to benefit a charitable foundation. A masterpiece of true opulence, an impressive Colombian emerald and diamond necklace by Harry Winston combines elegant and delicate design with exceptional stones and exquisite workmanship (est. $1.5-2.5 million).
Complementing this is an exquisite 13.02-carat Burmese ruby ring, mounted by Carvin French (est. $1/2 million) and a showstopping necklace by Andrew Clunn, set with 28 graduated oval-shaped diamonds totaling over 168 carats (est. $2/3 million). The collection is further completed by 23.59-carat D Color, Internally Flawless, Type IIa diamond ring (est. $1.8/2.8 million) and a pair of D Color diamond pendants, weighing 27.01 and 29.84 carats and estimated at $1-1.5 million and $1.2-1.8 million, respectively.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ now-iconic ‘Zip’ designs came to life in 1950. It elevated a functional item into a technically brilliant and glamourous jewel which could be worn open as a necklace or closed as a bracelet. A rare design, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced a limited number of ‘Zips’ in several different iterations, with the ‘Antique Udaipur’ being among the most stylish and substantial ($250-350,000). Many ‘mystery-set’ jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels are also on offer at the auction.
A Gold, Pink Enamel and Diamond 'Serpenti' Bracelet-Watch by Bulgari, estimated at $120-150,000, is also on offer. Combining the design house’s signature tubogas technique with rarely seen pink translucent enamel, this particular Bulgari Serpenti wristwatche epitomizes seduction, sophistication and glamour.