Vivid colored diamonds and art deco classics headline Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale
April 3, 2017: Fancy vivid colored diamonds, an impressive selection of jewelry from Cartier, Verdura and René Boivin, along with highly collectable pieces from the Art Deco and 1960s and 1970s eras will lead Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale on April 24, 2017.
Leading the sale is an Important Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring estimated at US$400,000 - 600,000. The ring centers on an old European brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond, weighing 6.32 carats, which is set between two old mine brilliant-cut diamonds. It is accompanied by GIA report1 stating the diamond as a Natural Fancy Vivid Yellow color, VVS1 clarity.
Susan Abeles, Vice President Director of the US Jewelry at Bonhams, says, “Vivid yellow diamonds are distinguished by their very deep, warm and lively Jonquil yellow color. It is estimated that less than 0.1 per cent of diamonds mined are a vivid yellow with no white traces and an even yellow color throughout. A rare few possess an astounding vivid yellow color, which is almost incomparable.” The ring was made by Tiffany & Co.
Bonhams will also be offering a magnificent Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Necklace by William Goldberg estimated at US$350,000 - 550,000. The necklace is set with cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut Fancy Yellow diamonds, weighing a total of 47.34 carats. Each one of the 17 Fancy Yellow diamonds is set within a round brilliant-cut diamond surround and enhanced by baguette and round brilliant-cut diamond panel. The central Fancy Yellow diamond, weighing 5.02 carats, has been classified as Internally Flawless.
Bonhams New York will feature a number of highly collectable pieces of signed jewelry from the world’s most famous houses in this sale including Cartier, René Boivin, Tiffany, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura. The first notable lot is a Fine Ruby and Diamond Clip Brooch by Cartier, circa 1935. Extremely rare, the Cartier clip reflects the evolution of style from Art Deco to Art Moderne. The brooch is geometrically designed and centers on a beautiful marquise mixed-cut ruby, weighing 3.54 carats. The central ruby has a pavé-set frame of baguette and round brilliant-cut diamonds, further enhanced by round cabochon and sugarloaf rubies and accented with square step-cut diamonds. Estimated at US$300,000 - 400,000, the central ruby is accompanied by an AGL report3 stating that it is Classic Burmese and has no indication of heat or clarity enhancement.
Jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels will catch the eyes of buyers with Bonhams offering a number of striking lots, including a pair of Diamond Day/Night Earrings dated 1983. Making a real statement, the earrings feature a total diamond weight of 29.25 carats and have a pre-sale estimate of US$60,000 - 80,000.
World renowned for its timeless, elegant and distinctly original designs, Verdura pieces from the 1940s continue to achieve strong pieces at auction given their rarity. In this sale, Bonhams will be offering a Citrine and 14k Rose Gold Brooch by Verdura, dated 1941, estimated at US$5,000 - 7,000.
Perfectly timed for spring is a Diamond and Enamel 'Lily Of The Valley' Brooch designed by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co. Dated 1969, this Lily of the Valley brooch is the original prototype for the 1969 Tiffany & Co. Blue book brooch. The inspiration for this brooch comes from the French custom of giving Lily of the Valleys on the first of May to celebrate spring and as a porte-bonheur or good luck charm. Estimated at US$5,000 - 7,000, the brooch is composed of eleven en tremblant lilies, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, to a gold stem with green enamel leaves.
The oldest piece of jewelry being offered in the sale is an Antique pair of Emerald and Gold Earrings dating back to circa 1800, estimated at US$3,000-5,000. Also from the same century is an Antique Diamond and Natural Pearl Necklace. Dated circa 1885, the necklace is designed as graduated openwork sections of old mine-cut diamonds in a floral motif, enhanced by rose-cut diamonds. It has a pre-sale estimate of US$25,000 - 35,000.
The sale, which takes place at Bonhams New York at 3:00pm EST on April 24, 2017, features a total of 133 lots. Full details of the lots to be auctioned at Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale can be found here.