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Highlights from Christie’s New York Autumn Magnificent Jewels Sale

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Today, Christie’s has posted the eCatalogue for its Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on October 15th, 2013, kicking off its fall auction season with extraordinary stones, breath-taking diamonds and marvelous jewels.

Christie's Magnificent Jewels

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After the auction house’s record-breaking spring season, the autumn sales have quite a challenge in continuing Christie’s already spectacular year.  With a total of 400 lots, Christie’s expects the two-session sale to achieve in excess of $40 million.

Colored Diamonds at Christie's

A Cushion-Cut Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring of 3.81ct – Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,500,000 and A Rectangular-Cut Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Ring of 8.77ct – Estimate: $5,500,000 – $6,500,000
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The number of fine diamonds, both white and colored, and exceptionally rare sapphires should certainly help.  Colored diamonds to keep an eye out for include a rectangular-cut Fancy Intense Pink diamond ring of 8.77 carats, a cushion-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring of 3.81 carats,  and a square-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring of 5.13 carats.  Three superb sapphire rings by Cartier, Hemmerle and Van Cleef & Arpels are also noteworthy lots in the sale.

A Burmese Sapphire Ring of 14.33 ct by Hemmerle

A Burmese Sapphire Ring of 14.33 ct by Hemmerle – Estimate: $450,000 – $550,000
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Jewels from the estate of the Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport, Rhode Island offer a glittering glimpse into the world of Newport’s fashionable society lifestyle during the 1960s and 1970s.  Mrs. Drexel was the descendant of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, and of Nicholas Brown, the namesake of Brown University.  Avid David Webb collectors will greatly enjoy her collection of the esteemed American jewelry designer, offering some of his finest examples ever presented at auction.

A pair of diamond, coral and enamel ear pendants, circa 1967 - 1970, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport

A pair of diamond, coral and enamel ear pendants, circa 1967 – 1970, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport – Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000
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A diamond ring, circa 1970, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport

A diamond ring, circa 1970, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport – Estimate: $450,000 – $650,000
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For jewelry history buffs, the Magnificent Jewels sale will present the Historic “Mystery-Set” Sapphire, Diamond and Colored Diamond Argentine Flag Brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels, formerly the property of Eva Perón.  Depicting the Argentinean flag with its horizontal tricolor superimposed with a golden sunburst, the brooch is estimated to fetch $300,000 – $500,000.  It was presented to Mrs. Perón, the wife of Argetinean leader Juan Peron, in the 1940s and last sold at auction in April 1998 for $992,500 after a fierce bidding war greatly escalated the sale price past its conservative $80,000 – $120,000 estimate.

An Historic 'Mystery-Set' Sapphire, Diamond and Coloured Diamond Argentine Flag Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, formerly the property of Eva Perón

An Historic ‘Mystery-Set’ Sapphire, Diamond and Coloured Diamond Argentine Flag Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, formerly the property of Eva Perón – Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000
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Other sale highlights include a Cartier necklace of contrasting yellow and blue sapphires with diamonds; an important Art Deco aquamarine, tourmaline, diamond and enamel brooch by Cartier, circa 1927; and jewels from the collection of San Francisco Society maven Diana Dollar Knowles.

A Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, circa 1957, by Cartier

A Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, circa 1957, by Cartier – Estimate: $400,000 – $600,000
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An Important Art Deco Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Diamond and Enamel Brooch, by Cartier

An Important Art Deco Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Diamond and Enamel Brooch, by Cartier – Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000
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A Diamond Ring from The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection

A Diamond Ring from The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection – 17.00 carats, F color, VS1 clarity – Estimate: $500,000 – $700,000
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A pair of diamond ear pendants, circa 1965, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport

A pair of diamond ear pendants, circa 1965, by David Webb, from the collection of The Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport – Estimate: $32,000 – $48,000
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A Kashmir Sapphire Ring of 15.88ct

A Kashmir Sapphire Ring of 15.88ct – Estimate: $1.2 – $1.5 million
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A Burmese Sapphire Ring of 13.18ct, circa 1955, by Van Cleef & Arpels

A Burmese Sapphire Ring of 13.18ct, circa 1955, by Van Cleef & Arpels – Estimate: $350,000 – $500,000
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A Rectangular-Cut Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Ring of 8.77ct

A Rectangular-Cut Fancy Intense Pink Diamond Ring of 8.77ct – Estimate: $5.5 – $6.5 million
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A Cushion-Cut Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring of 3.81ct

A Cushion-Cut Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring of 3.81ct – Estimate: $2.5 – $3.5 million
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A Square-Cut Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond of 5.13ct

A Square-Cut Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond of 5.13ct – Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000
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    Janet Deleuse
    September 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for bringing all this….a great way to start the day, reminding me of how wonderful my work is!

    http://www.deleuse.com

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