As December nears, the auction world culminates with its final sales of the year full of magnificent highlights for the holiday season. Chicago-based auction house Leslie Hindman follows the resounding success of its September sales, the Hassenfeld collection alone earned $3.5 million, with a fabulous December Important Jewelry sale.
The Newton Diamond Ring, consisting of a 20.75 carat octagonal step cut diamond within a platinum double claw setting with two tapered baguette diamonds weighing approximately 0.90 carat total. Stamp: HANDMADE Accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America diamond grading certificate number 2171278087, dated August 13, 2015, stating Weight: 20.75 carats, Color: L, Clarity: VVS2, Polish: Very Good, Symmetry: Good, Fluorescence: Faint. Estimate: $350,000 – 400,000
Scheduled for December 6th and 7th, the auction includes a well-rounded mix of jewels including diamonds and colored stones of the finest quality as well as highly covetable signed jewelry spanning more than a century. Leading the pack of colorless diamonds in the sale is the Newton Diamond, a 20.75-carat emerald cut diamond ring (est. $350,000-400,000) formerly in the collection of Wayne Newton, while colored diamond connoisseurs will be delighted to fight the most rare of colored diamonds: a 0.48-carat radiant cut Fancy Red diamond (est. $150,000-175,000).
A 0.48 Carat Radiant Cut Fancy Red Diamond, sourced from the Argyle mine in Australia, measuring approximately 4.17 x 4.03 x 3.15 mm. Estimate: $150,000 – 175,000
Roughly 20-30 Fancy Red diamonds are known to exist in the world, making this particular stone, which was unearthed at the Australian Argyle mine, a collector’s gem of the highest caliber.
In the realm of colored stones, specimens hailing from the most important localities, respectively, shine brightly in the sale. Emerald lovers will be green with envy for an antique brooch by Tiffany & Co., circa 1910, (est. $40,000-60,000) featuring a classic Colombian emerald of high crystal and vivid saturation.
A Fine Platinum, Yellow Gold, Emerald and Diamond Brooch, Tiffany & Co., Circa 1910, containing one oval mixed cut emerald measuring approximately 13.00 x 11.89 x 4.76 mm within a surround consisting of 12 old European cut diamonds weighing approximately 4.75 carats total. Stamp: TIFFANY & Co. Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000
Another collectable Tiffany jewel is unique not only for the rare ‘pigeon’s blood’ ruby it contains but for the use of palladium as its metal. The Retro style ring (est. $20,000-30,000) was produced during the World War II, a time when precious metals such as platinum were restricted for wartime purposes.
A Retro Palladium, Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co., containing one cushion cut ruby measuring approximately 7.72 x 8.01 x 4.50 mm, four square step cut rubies measuring approximately 2.00 x 2.00 mm, 16 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.64 carat total and 10 baguette cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.60 carat total. Stamp: TIFFANY & CO .950 PALLADIUM. Estimate: $20,000 – 30,000
As the world’s most popular colored gem, the sapphire is represented well in the sale and led by a 3.65-carat Kashmir sapphire (est. $40,000-60,000). Of all the places sapphires are found, Kashmir is above and beyond the most sought after for it produces stones that exemplify the vivid silken blue hue of the finest sapphires.
A 3.65 Carat Cushion Cut Kashmir Sapphire, measuring approximately 9.30 x 7.20 x 5.10 mm. Accompanied by an American Gemological Laboratories sapphire identification certificate number CS 71080, dated October 20, 2015, stating Mineral Type: Corundum, Variety: Sapphire, Origin: Kashmir, Enhancement: No gemological evidence of heat, Clarity Enhancement: None. Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000
In addition to precious gems, the sale will offer a range of jewels from the finest jewelry houses in the world. Cartier collectors will most likely compete for two exceptional bracelets. The first is an emerald and diamond bracelet (est. $35,000-55,000) set with three glowing green emeralds; the second is a striking Art Deco Tutti Frutti bracelet (est. $20,000-30,000) with the foliate motifs set within rock crystal octagonal open links.
A Fine Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier,
containing one octagonal step cut emerald measuring approximately 11.85 x 8.60 x 4.86 mm, one octagonal step cut emerald measuring approximately 10.70 x 8.87 x 5.22 mm, and one octagonal step cut emerald measuring approximately 10.57 x 8.85 x 4.13 mm, together with numerous transitional brilliant and round single cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.80 carats total and 12 baguette cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.20 carats total.
Stamp: CARTIER (serial number significantly obscured). Estimate: $35,000 – 55,000
An Art Deco Platinum, Gold, Rock Crystal, Diamond and Multi Gem Tutti Frutti Bracelet, Cartier, consisting of eight carved rock crystal octagonal open links each surmounted by foliate motif settings and joined with channel set bands, the foliate motifs containing numerous carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires, many inset with bezel set diamonds, the bracelet containing numerous round single cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.68 carats total. Hand inscribed: (partially obscured)ARTIER 18K PLAT (significantly obscured number on clasp). Estimate: $20,000 – 30,000
Additional signed highlights include a whimsical carved coral mushroom brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $8,000-12,000), a Mesoamerican inspired necklace composed of heavily sculpted gold links around a central sun deity also by Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $10,000-15,000), and a pair of enamel paillonne bracelets by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. (each estimated at $10,000-15,000).
More favorites include:
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Coral and Diamond Mushroom Brooch, Van Cleef and Arpels
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Lapis Lazuli Necklace, Van Cleef and Arpels
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Carved Amethyst, Sapphire and Pearl Warrior Brooch, Seaman Schepps
A Fine Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Link Bracelet, Seaman Schepps, Circa 1940
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Coral and Diamond Maltese Cross Brooch, Wander, France
An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Coral, Diamond and Polychrome Enamel Pomegranate Brooch
n 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Ruby, Diamond and Enamel Cherries Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels Paris
Important Jewelry two-day auction will be offered for sale on December 6 and 7, 2015. The sales will be hosted on two online platforms, LHLive and Bidsquare.