Auction Archives

Jewels From The Auction Archives II

A Ruby Flower Brooch, by JAR
Designed as a Camellia flowerhead, entirely pavé-set with rubies weighing a total of approximately 173.09 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 2003, 8.0 cm, with French assay mark for gold, in pink leather JAR case
Signed JAR Paris

By far the most memorable collection of jewels to hit the auction block, Lily Safra’s stunning JAR creations caused quite a stir last May in the jewelry world. The one-of-a-kind, commissioned works by this reclusive jewelry genius for philanthropist Lily Safra helped to shatter records at Christie’s, with the auction raising a total of $37.9 million that benefited 32 charities chosen by The Lily Safra Foundation.

The 18 JAR pieces were the largest collection of jewels by the designer to be offered at auction. To that end, I’d like to revisit this historic event from last year by sharing JAR’s most impressive works from the sale.

This brooch is, by far, my favorite piece from JAR. The color is so rich and vibrant, I’m left speechless as words cannot describe its magnificence.

A Ruby Flower Brooch, by JARDesigned as a Camellia flowerhead, entirely pavé-set with rubies weighing a total of approximately 173.09 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 2003, 8.0 cm, with French assay mark for gold, in pink leather JAR caseSigned JAR Paris

A Ruby Flower Brooch, by JAR
Designed as a Camellia flowerhead, entirely pavé-set with rubies weighing a total of approximately 173.09 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 2003, 8.0 cm, with French assay mark for gold, in pink leather JAR case
Signed JAR Paris – Photo:  Christie’s
Sold for $4,319,591

An alternative view

An alternative view

A Tourmaline and Diamond Flower Brooch, by JARDesigned as two green and pink tourmaline poppy flowerhead and bud, linked by a green tourmaline scrolling stem centering upon a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 37.23 carats, mounted in gold, 1982, 9.9 cmSigned JAR - Photo Denis Hayoun - Diode SA.

A Tourmaline and Diamond Flower Brooch, by JAR
Designed as two green and pink tourmaline poppy flowerhead and bud, linked by a green tourmaline scrolling stem centering upon a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 37.23 carats, mounted in gold, 1982, 9.9 cm
Signed JAR – Photo Denis Hayoun – Diode SA.
Sold for $1,272,245

An Emerald, Pearl and Diamond Ring, by JARSet with an oval-shaped emerald, to the pearl and diamond gallery and hoop, mounted in platinum, 1988, ring size 3¾Accompanied by report no. 61997 dated 6 February 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with moderate amount of oil - Photo: Denis Hayoun - Diode SA.

An Emerald, Pearl and Diamond Ring, by JAR
Set with an oval-shaped emerald, to the pearl and diamond gallery and hoop, mounted in platinum, 1988, ring size 3¾
Accompanied by report no. 61997 dated 6 February 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with moderate amount of oil – Photo: Denis Hayoun – Diode SA.
Sold for $521,200

A Diamond Flower Bangle, by JARDesigned as a Camellia flowerhead entirely pavé-set with diamonds and pink diamonds, centering upon an old-cut navette-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 13.03 carats, to the gold wire cuff, 1995, inner diameter 5.4 cm, with French assay marks for platinum and goldSigned JAR Paris - Photo Denis Hayoun - Diode SA.

A Diamond Flower Bangle, by JAR
Designed as a Camellia flowerhead entirely pavé-set with diamonds and pink diamonds, centering upon an old-cut navette-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 13.03 carats, to the gold wire cuff, 1995, inner diameter 5.4 cm, with French assay marks for platinum and gold
Signed JAR Paris – Photo Denis Hayoun – Diode SA.
Sold for $624,792

A Pair of Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond Flower Ear Clips, by JAREach designed as a Moghul tulip pavé-set with rubies and bordered with diamonds, centering upon a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 23.80 carats, and a cushion-shaped yellow-orange sapphire, weighing approximately 21.40 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 1987, with French assay mark for goldSigned JAR Paris - Photo: Denis Hayoun - Diode SA.

A Pair of Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond Flower Ear Clips, by JAR
Each designed as a Moghul tulip pavé-set with rubies and bordered with diamonds, centering upon a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 23.80 carats, and a cushion-shaped yellow-orange sapphire, weighing approximately 21.40 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 1987, with French assay mark for gold
Signed JAR Paris – Photo: Denis Hayoun – Diode SA.
Sold for $275,168

A Garnet, Ruby and Diamond Brooch, by JARDesigned as three clusters, each centering upon an oval-shaped garnet, weighin approximately 41.36, 33.25 and 28.42 carats, to the ruby and diamond surround and trefoil detail, mounted in silver and gold, 2001, 21.0 cmSigned JAR Paris - Photo: Denis Hayoun - Diode SA.

A Garnet, Ruby and Diamond Brooch, by JAR
Designed as three clusters, each centering upon an oval-shaped garnet, weighin approximately 41.36, 33.25 and 28.42 carats, to the ruby and diamond surround and trefoil detail, mounted in silver and gold, 2001, 21.0 cm
Signed JAR Paris – Photo: Denis Hayoun – Diode SA.
Sold for $378,760

A Colored Diamond Ring, by JARSet with a fancy intense yellow oval-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 15.75 carats, to the pavé-set diamond thread mount, mounted in platinumSigned JAR Paris Accompanied by report no. 2145351136 dated 19 January 2012 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Intense Yellow colour, VVS2 clarity

A Colored Diamond Ring, by JAR
Set with a fancy intense yellow oval-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 15.75 carats, to the pavé-set diamond thread mount, mounted in platinum
Signed JAR Paris
Accompanied by report no. 2145351136 dated 19 January 2012 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Intense Yellow colour, VVS2 clarity
Sold for $702,487

Three Multi-Color Sapphire and Diamond Bands, by JAREach band designed as a line of square-cut multi-coloured sapphires, two of the bands enhanced on one side with brilliant-cut diamonds, 1992, ring sizes 4½, with French assay mark for platinum, in pink suede JAR pouchSigned JAR Paris

Three Multi-Color Sapphire and Diamond Bands, by JAR
Each band designed as a line of square-cut multi-coloured sapphires, two of the bands enhanced on one side with brilliant-cut diamonds, 1992, ring sizes 4½, with French assay mark for platinum, in pink suede JAR pouch
Signed JAR Paris
Sold for $113,304

A Diamond Charm Ring, by JARThe diamond-set hoop suspending two taviz-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 16.98 and 15.31 carats, with diamond-set caps, mounted in platinum, 2004, in pink leather JAR case

A Diamond Charm Ring, by JAR
The diamond-set hoop suspending two taviz-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 16.98 and 15.31 carats, with diamond-set caps, mounted in platinum, 2004, in pink leather JAR case
Sold for $974,417

A Colored Sapphire and DIamond Ring, by JARCentering upon a rectangular-cut pink sapphire, weighing approximately 7.09 carats, to the pavé-set pink sapphire band and diamond line border, mounted in silver and platinum, 1989, ring size 3¾, in pink suede JAR pouch

A Colored Sapphire and DIamond Ring, by JAR
Centering upon a rectangular-cut pink sapphire, weighing approximately 7.09 carats, to the pavé-set pink sapphire band and diamond line border, mounted in silver and platinum, 1989, ring size 3¾, in pink suede JAR pouch
Sold for $106,830

A Diamond and Amethyst 'Three Violets' Ring, by JARDesigned as three violet flowerheads pavé-set with amethysts, diamonds and yellow diamonds, the central flower centering upon an old-cut cushion-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 2.50 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 2002, ring size 4¼Signed JAR Paris

A Diamond and Amethyst ‘Three Violets’ Ring, by JAR
Designed as three violet flowerheads pavé-set with amethysts, diamonds and yellow diamonds, the central flower centering upon an old-cut cushion-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 2.50 carats, mounted in silver and gold, 2002, ring size 4¼
Signed JAR Paris
Sold for $210,422

A Nature Pearl and Diamond Ring, by JARThe pavé-set diamond hoop suspending a slightly grey drop-shaped natural pearl, weighing approximately 54.32 grains, with a diamond-set cap, 2007, ring size 3¼, with French assay mark for platinumAccompanied by report no. 61993 dated 6 February 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the pearl is a natural saltwater pearl with no indications of artificial colour modification

A Nature Pearl and Diamond Ring, by JAR
The pavé-set diamond hoop suspending a slightly grey drop-shaped natural pearl, weighing approximately 54.32 grains, with a diamond-set cap, 2007, ring size 3¼, with French assay mark for platinum
Accompanied by report no. 61993 dated 6 February 2012 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the pearl is a natural saltwater pearl with no indications of artificial colour modification
Sold for $391,709

A Pair of Garnet, Ruby and Diamond Ear Clips, by JAREach designed as a pavé-set ruby dome, centering upon a cushion-shaped almandine garnet, weighing approximately 7.45 and 7.48 carats, to the diamond-set foliate border, 2001, 3.9 cm, with French assay marks for silver and goldSigned JAR Paris

A Pair of Garnet, Ruby and Diamond Ear Clips, by JAR
Each designed as a pavé-set ruby dome, centering upon a cushion-shaped almandine garnet, weighing approximately 7.45 and 7.48 carats, to the diamond-set foliate border, 2001, 3.9 cm, with French assay marks for silver and gold
Signed JAR Paris
Sold for $417,607

A Pair of Moonstone, Quartz and Diamond Ear Clips, by JAREach designed as a pavé-set ruby dome, centering upon a cushion-shaped almandine garnet, weighing approximately 7.45 and 7.48 carats, to the diamond-set foliate border, 2001, 3.9 cm, with French assay marks for silver and goldSigned JAR Paris

A Pair of Moonstone, Quartz and Diamond Ear Clips, by JAR
Each designed as a pavé-set ruby dome, centering upon a cushion-shaped almandine garnet, weighing approximately 7.45 and 7.48 carats, to the diamond-set foliate border, 2001, 3.9 cm, with French assay marks for silver and gold
Signed JAR Paris
Sold for $93,881

A Pair of Garnet, Tourmaline, Amethyst and Diamond Ear Clips, by JARCentering upon a pear-shaped garnet, weighing approximately 24.53 carats, and a pear-shaped tourmaline, weighing approximately 28.95 carats, to the amethyst and diamond surround enhanced by diamond trefoil accents, 1995, 4.1 cm, with French assay marks for silver and goldSigned JAR Paris

A Pair of Garnet, Tourmaline, Amethyst and Diamond Ear Clips, by JAR
Centering upon a pear-shaped garnet, weighing approximately 24.53 carats, and a pear-shaped tourmaline, weighing approximately 28.95 carats, to the amethyst and diamond surround enhanced by diamond trefoil accents, 1995, 4.1 cm, with French assay marks for silver and gold
Signed JAR Paris
Sold for $223,371

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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