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Claflin Brooches Among Covetable Lots in Christie’s New York Important Jewels

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This Tuesday Christie’s will finally kick off its autumn jewelry auction season with its first sale, Important Jewels in New York. Just over 300 jewels will hit the auction block, including superb diamonds, colored gemstones and fantastic signed pieces. The wide range of pieces, whose estimates begin at $3,000 and go up to $3 million, offers something for every collector. Christie’s is expecting the sale total to be in excess of $20 million.

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A Magnificent Colored Diamond Ring – Set with a cushion modified brilliant-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond, weighing approximately 75.56 carats, ring size 6, mounted in 18k gold Accompanied by report no. 5172146034 dated 20 May 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is fancy vivid yellow, natural color, VS2 clarity. Estimate: $3,000,000-4,000,000

The highest estimated lot at $3 to 4 million, a 75.56-carat brilliant-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond leads the sale. Another fancy yellow diamond worthy of mention is a 34.12-carat modified brilliant-cut stone with an estimate of $600,000 to 800,000. Headlining the numerousΒ colorless diamonds on offer is a 18.80-carat marquise brilliant-cut diamond ring estimated at $1.4 to 1.6 million.

In the colored gemstone department, sapphires rule the roost as the sale will offer a 4.50-carat Kashmir sapphire in a ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $200,000-300,000). Another important sapphire is a a 15.12-carat Burmese stone (est. $200,000-300,000).

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A Diamond and Kunzite Spider Brooch, by David Webb – Designed as a circular and baguette-cut diamond flexible spider, centering upon a cushion-cut kunzite, 4 1/2 ins., mounted in platinum Signed Webb for David Webb. Estimate: $30,000-50,000

As for signed jewels, impressive pieces by American jeweler David Webb from The Collection of a Distinguished Lady feature in prominently in the sale, including a whimsical spider brooch set with a large kunzite (est. $30,000-50,000).

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A Multi-Gem and Diamond Brooch, by Donald Claflin, Tiffany & Co. – Designed as a pre-Columbian figure with a circular-cut diamond and pear-shaped pink tourmaline headdress, atop the carved coral face, to the circular-cut diamond, triangular-shaped turquoise and gold decorated body with coral feet, flanked on either side by a gold staff with pear-shaped turquoise detail, 1967, 2 ins., mounted in gold Signed Tiffany & Co., designed by Donald Claflin. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

A number of exciting, unique brooches spice up the gem-heavy offerings in the sale, the most noteworthy of which being two brooches of pre-Columbian figures designed by Donald Claflin. The American designer is best known for his flamboyant and whimsical designs, which have become highly collectible among jewelry connoisseurs. The two rare pieces in the sale were made during Claflin’s time at Tiffany around 1967. Finely carved coral, turquoise, pink tourmaline and citrine comprise each of the Peruvian figures, whose composition depicts in miniature the posture and costume found on traditional Pre-Columbian, Peruvian ceremonial knives.

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A Multi-Gem and Diamond Brooch, by Donald Claflin, Tiffany & Co. – Designed as a pre-Columbian figure with a circular-cut diamond and turquoise headdress, atop the carved coral face, to the oval-shaped turquoise and rectangular-cut citrine ceremonial dress with turquoise feet, in each gold hand a rectangular-cut pink tourmaline, 1967, 2 7/8 ins., mounted in gold Signed Tiffany & Co., designed by Donald Claflin. Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Other brooches of interest include a diamond and emerald ‘Ballet Precieu’ brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels; a ‘Fish Brooch’ by Jean Schlumberger, another legendary designer for Tiffany & Co.; and an Art Deco brooch by Cartier.

Just like the revival of 1960s and 70s in fashion this season, jewelry from the same period has also witnessed a resurgence. Luckily, the sale has a fantastic pieces from this colorful era from the jewelry houses at the forefront of design during the two decades, such as Boucheron, Van Cleef Β & Arpels and Bulgari.

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A Set of Amethyst, Chrysoprase and Diamond Jewelry, by Boucheron – Comprising a pendant necklace, designed as a textured gold plaque, centering upon an oval-cut amethyst to the circular-cut diamond surround, with cabochon amethyst and chrysoprase detail, suspending three pear-shaped amethyst drops to the textured gold link chain; and a pair of ear clips en suite, 30 ins (chain), 5 1/2 ins (pendant), 1 1/4 ins. (ear clips), with French assay mark for 18k gold, in a Boucheron gray leather case and pouch Signed Boucheron, Paris (pendant hoop), Boucheron (ear clips). Estimate: $18,000-20,000

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A Set of Amethyst, Chrysoprase and Diamond Jewelry, by Boucheron – Comprising a pendant necklace, designed as a textured gold plaque, centering upon an oval-cut amethyst to the circular-cut diamond surround, with cabochon amethyst and chrysoprase detail, suspending three pear-shaped amethyst drops to the textured gold link chain; and a pair of ear clips en suite, 30 ins (chain), 5 1/2 ins (pendant), 1 1/4 ins. (ear clips), with French assay mark for 18k gold, in a Boucheron gray leather case and pouch Signed Boucheron, Paris (pendant hoop), Boucheron (ear clips). Estimate: $18,000-20,000

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An Enamel and Diamond ‘Serpenti’ Watch Bracelet, by Bulgari – Designed as a burgundy and green enamel scaled coiling serpent bracelet, the head with pear-shaped diamond eyes, opening to reveal a watch, with mechanical movement and circular dial, mounted in 18k gold, in a Bulgari black leather pouch Signed Bulgari, dial signed Vacheron-Constantin Geneve and Bulgari. Estimate: $100,000-150,000

 

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    Alex
    October 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Absolutely beautiful jewelry. The semi-precious stones in the Donald Claflin, Tiffany & Co brooch reminds me of the stained glass-esque dial in this watch: http://bit.ly/americana-brillier

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