Next week, Bonhams will bid farewell to a fabulous spring auction season with its Fine Jewelry sale in New York. The June 22nd event is the last major jewelry auction of the spring season and caps a whirlwind series of new records and sky high prices.
The 130 lots are led by an important diamond rivière necklace estimated at $1,400,000-1,800,000. The jaw-dropping jewel is composed of 52 graduated round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing more than 70 carats in total. What’s more, the diamonds are of the highest graded cut, polish and symmetry grade, rendering them Triple X-cut diamonds. Pulling the sparkling rivière together is a heart-shaped diamond clasp.
While colorless diamonds remain a constant, it is the colored gemstone that is making waves this year in both new jewelry and old. Prices for vibrantly colored diamonds, spinels, tourmalines and the like have risen noticeably over the past year and this sale offers an exciting mix of richly hued diamonds and gemstones.
For pink diamond lovers, the sale boasts a blushing stunner – a 3.56-carat Fancy Intense pink diamond and diamond ring estimated at $600,000-800,000. If blue is more your speed, there is a shining star of a ring centering a 0.71-carat Fancy Deep blue diamond in a diamond-studded star setting. That stellar jewel is estimated to fetch $250,000 to $350,000. Trouble choosing a color? Then, a floral motif crossover ring by William Goldberg is set with diamonds of many colors, including a Fancy Dark greenish-gray diamond and a Fancy brown-pink diamond (est. $50,000-70,000).
Susan Abeles, US head of jewelry at Bonhams, comments on the desirability of colorful jewels, “This sale is packed with beautiful colored stones and important pieces of wearable jewelry that have, time and time again, proven their worth in the saleroom.”
A soft spot for sapphires (they are my birthstone after all), I love the 25-carat Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring by M. Gerard (est. $400,000-500,000). This particular sapphire is desirably unique with its octagonal cut flanked by triangular-cut diamonds. Additional colorful favorites include multi-colored sapphire and diamond bracelet by Bulgari (est. $40,000-60,000), with sapphires in nearly every shade from the rainbow; a pair of juicy red ruby and diamond earclips by Cartier (est. $10,000-15,000); and a pair of lush green Colombian emerald and diamond ear pendants (est. $40,000-60,000)
Other noteworthy lots in the sale are:
- An 18K gold kinetic brooch signed by Belgian artist, Pol Bury (est. $5,000-7,000) that bears a geometric design enhanced by articulated gold boules.
- A natural light gray pearl and diamond ring (est. $15,000-20,000)
- An Art Deco-style sapphire, diamond and cultured pearl sautoir (est. $25,000-30,000)
- An Art Deco ruby and diamond brooch, circa 1925 (est. $15,000-25,000)
- A Belle Époque rock crystal quartz, diamond and platinum bow brooch, Cartier, French, circa 1915 (est. $8,000-10,000)
- A pair of 18k gold pendant earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $4,000-6,000)