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Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale Results

Set with a fancy vivid pink rectangular-cut diamond, weighing approximately 5.18 carats, within an oval-shaped diamond surround, mounted in gold, ring size 6
Accompanied by report no. 2165887854 dated 7 January 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 5.18 carat diamond is Fancy Vivid Pink colour, VS2 clarity

Only a day after Sotheby’s tremendous May sale, Christie’s held it’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva yesterday. Surpassing its estimate, the sale achieved a total of $97.5 million with 77% lots sold and 81% lots sold by value. A total of 19 lots sold over $1 million to help reach the overall total, led by a Fancy Vivid pink diamond ring of 5.18 carats that sold for $10.7 million.

Rectangular-cut 5.18-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ring

Rectangular-cut 5.18-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ring

The pink diamond was followed by a record-breaking 25.09-carat Kashmir sapphire that brought in $7.3 million and set a world auction record for a Kashmir sapphire.

Cushion shaped Kashmir sapphire ring of 35.09 ct 1

Cushion shaped Kashmir sapphire ring of 35.09 ct

Demand for jewels by JAR remains fierce as four pieces by the Paris-based designer fetched a combined total of $1.7 million:

  • A Burmese sapphire, amethyst and diamond ring, by JAR, 1988, fetched $784,500.
  •  A pair of tourmaline, agate and diamond Camellia brooches, by JAR, 1985, sold for $524,803.
  • A pair of sapphire and diamond ‘Shield’ earclips, by JAR, 1991, achieved $226,152.
  • A tourmaline, garnet, emerald and diamond fibula brooch, by JAR, 1993, reeled in $200,183
A pair of tourmaline and agate camellia brooches, by JAR (est. $140,000 - 170,000)

A pair of tourmaline and agate camellia brooches, by JAR (est. $140,000 – 170,000)

The pair of antique Colombian emerald bangles, circa 1900, also fared well and achieved a total of $1.7 million.

A pair of antique emerald Indian bangles

A pair of antique emerald Indian bangles

A few of the sale’s highlights failed to sell, however, including the Maria Christina Royal Devant-de-Corsage brooch (est. $1.5 – 2 million), a colored diamond and natural pearl necklace, by Cartier (est. $2.1 – $2.7 million), a 21.75 D Flawless Type IIa diamond ring, by Mitsuo Kaji (est. $3 – 3.7 million), and an impressive natural pearl and diamond necklace (est. $2.6 – $3.7 million).

THE MARIA CHRISTINA ROYAL DEVANT-DE-CORSAGE (A) 1

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