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Sotheby’s Important Jewels – New York – September 23rd, 2014

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Sotheby’s kicks off its autumn auction season with a loaded Important Jewels sale this September. Rather than endless lots of diamonds and rare colored stones with million dollar estimates, the 428-lot sale is packed with great jewelry – fabulous signed and period jewels with estimates below $100,000. That’s not to say diamonds don’t have a presence, they most certainly do. The highest estimated lot is a 22.79-carat brilliant cut diamond with H color and VS1 clarity (est. $1.y to $2.2 million).

Platinum and diamond ring

Platinum and diamond ring – The round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 22.79 carats, illustrated unmounted. Estimate: $1.7 to $2.2 million

The top lots that aren’t diamonds or precious stones shine the brightest in the sale, led by Schlumberger’s ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ (est. $150,000 to $250,000). A few other whimsical Schlumberger brooches will also be offered alongside the fantastical, iconic bird of a brooch.

Coming off a $1,000,000 plus auction price this summer, another Bulgari Serpenti watch (est. $125,000 – $150,000) is sure to cause a bidding war when it hits the auction block. These iconic pieces by the Italian jewelry house continue to be in high demand for jewelry collectors and connoisseurs.

18K Gold, Enamel and Diamond Wristwatch, Bulgari

18K Gold, Enamel and Diamond Wristwatch, Bulgari – Designed as a serpent with scales applied in red and black enamel, the mouth opening to reveal a round dial with baton indicators, completed by two pear-shaped diamond eyes, gross weight approximately 133 dwts, mechanical movement, exapandable, the dial signed Movado, the bracelet signed Bulgari. Estimate: $125,000 – $150,000

For collectors of David Webb, plenty of pieces designed by the American jeweler abound with highlights including a pair of diamond pendant earrings with interchangeable enamel and diamond earring jackets by David Webb (est. $1 to $1.5 million); a vibrant and bold emerald, diamond, coral, amethyst and enamel pendant necklace (est. $90,000 – $120,000); and two impressive chimera bracelets – one made of azurmalachite, ruby and diamond (est. $80,000 – $120,000) and the other more voluminous version composed of rock crystal, diamond and ruby (est. $80,000 – $120,000).

18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, EMERALD, DIAMOND, CORAL, AMETHYST AND ENAMEL PENDANT-NECKLACE, DAVID WEBB

18K Gold, Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Coral, Amethyst and Enamel Pendant-Necklace, David Webb – Supporting a fluted pear-shaped cabochon emerald pendant measuring approximately 30.0 by 21.9 by 14.1 mm, suspended from a necklace set with pear-shaped carved and pierced coral plaques, spaced by 11 fluted amethyst beads measuring approximately 18.2 mm within white enamel frames, accented with round diamonds weighing approximately 11.00 carats, length 23¼ inches, signed Webb; emerald pendant detachable. Estimate: $90,000 – $120,000

In addition to Webb, there are signed jewels by the most prestigious jewelers including the usual suspects of Bulgari, Buccellati, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, and more. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the sale.

PAIR OF DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS WITH THREE INTERCHANGEABLE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL EARRING JACKETS, THE EARRING JACKETS BY DAVID WEBB – Estimate $1,000,000 to $1,500,000
18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, PÂTE-DE-VERRE, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL BANGLE-BRACELET, FRANCE – Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
PLATINUM AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CARTIER, PARIS – Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

Great Earrings

Art Deco Jewels

 

Brooches

 

 

 

 

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