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Rings Set to Sparkle in Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry Sale

Bonhams NY 2015

Next up in the auction line up is Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale on October 13th. The 126-lot auction is on the smaller side and offers a delightful mix of jewels led by a number of important diamond rings, the most noteworthy of which being a green diamond and diamond ring by Golkonda (est. $350,000-450,000). Weighing just over three carats, the diamond has been graded by the GIA as Natural Fancy Intense Green, a rare color caused by irradiation of the diamond.

A rare fancy colored diamond and diamond ring, Golkonda

A rare fancy colored diamond and diamond ring, Golkonda, set with a cushion-cut fancy intense green diamond, weighing 3.02 carats, within a circular pink diamond surround, with circular-cut diamond shoulders; signed Golkonda, with maker’s mark; mounted in platinum and 18k gold; size 5 1/4 (pink diamonds untested for origin of color) – Estimate: $350,000-450,000


On the colorless diamond end of the spectrum, a 7.19-carat marquise-cut diamond ring (est. $300,000-500,000) will also be offered in the sale. Flanked by triangular-cut diamonds, the marquise stone ring is a striking design with classic proportions.

An important diamond ring

An important diamond ring set with a marquise-cut diamond, weighing 7.19 carats, flanked by triangular-cut diamonds; estimated remaining diamond weight: 2.00 carats; mounted in platinum; size 4 3/4 – Estimate: $300,000-500,000


Another ring of note, from the total of 62 in the sale, is a Retro amethyst and gold ring (est. $3,000-5,000), circa 1940, that was once owned by Hollywood screen siren Marlene Dietrich. The roughly 60-carat amethyst is set within a scrolling gallery, a design thought to be by Paul Flato. As one of the highest paid actresses of her time, Dietrich oozed Hollywood glamour both on and off screen. Her daring sense of style was paired with equally dramatic jewels from Paul Flato, Trabert Hoffer & Mauboussin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

A Retro amethyst and 18K gold ring, circa 1940

A Retro amethyst and 18K gold ring, circa 1940 centering a rectangular-cut amethyst, accented by a scrolling gallery; possibly Paul Flato; amethyst weighs approximately: 60.00 carats; size 9 – Estimate: $3,000-5,000


Rings aside, a few beautiful necklaces count among the sale’s highlights. My favorite is a gold, tiger’s eye and diamond sautoir by Kutchinsky (est. $8,000-12,000), suspending an elegant gold rope tassel pendant.

A suite of 18k gold, tiger's eye and diamond jewelry, Kutchinsky

A suite of 18k gold, tiger’s eye and diamond jewelry, Kutchinsky comprising a pendant, set with a carved tiger’s eye drop, suspending a gold rope tassel, enhanced by circular-cut diamond trim; a second pendant, designed as a circular textured openwork plaque, enhanced by a circular tiger’s eye cabochon; and a gold rope necklace, spaced by tiger’s eye beads; pendants signed Kutchinsky, necklace with maker’s mark for Kutchinsky, all with English hallmarks; estimated total diamond weight: 1.50 carats; tassel length: 5 1/2in.; disc pendant diameter: 2in.; necklace length: 30 1/1in. – Estimate: $8,000-12,000

“The eclectic nature of this sale offers something for everyone, whether it is a tradition colorless diamond, a fabulous piece of signed jewelry, or a chic splash of color,” said Bonhams’ Vice President, U.S. Jewelry Department Susan F. Abeles.

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