Auction house Sotheby’s Geneva is proud to present the November sale of Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels.
The auction features an impressive spectrum of coloured diamonds, as well as period jewels with noble provenance and fine coloured gemstones. Highlights include a historic and magnificent diamond choker, formerly in the collection of the imperial Russian family and the spectacular ‘Sky Blue Diamond’, a Fancy Vivid blue diamond ring weighing 8.01 carats, Cartier.
Weighing 8.01 carats, the mesmerising stone has been named ‘The Sky Blue Diamond’, emphasising its highly sought-after hue. It will be offered on 16 November with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000,000–25,000,000.
‘The Sky Blue Diamond’ has been graded Fancy Vivid Blue by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) – the highest possible colour grading, awarded to no more than 1% of blue diamonds submitted to the GIA. It was also found to have excellent polish and to be of Type IIb, a rare category which represents less than 0.5 % of all diamonds.
Describing the diamond, David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said, “The Sky Blue Diamond is of a wonderfully clear celestial blue, presented in an extremely elegant square emerald cut – in my view, the most flattering of all the cuts for a coloured diamond. This important gem will, I am sure, captivate all collectors of exceptional gemstones.”
This diamond necklace with bow knot attachment is not only a remarkable jewel in itself, but its Russian royal provenance puts it in a class of its own. This jewel was owned by Catherine II, Empress of Russia: the most striking and colourful figure on the stage of European political life during her reign.
Historic and magnificent diamond jewel, Russia, second half of the 18thcentury and later
Composed of an articulated band set with slightly graduated cushion-shaped diamonds, within a border of drop-shaped motifs similarly set; and a ribbon bow motif set with cushion-shaped diamonds in an open-work floral and foliate pattern, length approximately 355mm, numbered, band and bow later assembled with the addition of two extra links to the band, fitted case for the band and the bow in their original forms, one small diamond deficient.
estimated prise 2,950,000 — 4,920,000 CHF
Superb fancy vivid blue diamond ring, Cartier
Set with a square-cut fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 8.01 carats, the geometric mount set with brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, size 51, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks.
estimated prise 14,760,000 — 24,590,000 CHF
Magnificent fancy intense pink diamond ring
Set with a step-cut fancy intense pink diamond weighing 17.07 carats, between triangular diamonds weighing 3.07 and 3.13 carats respectively, size 51.
estimated prise 11,810,000 — 14,760,000 CHF
Coral, emerald, diamond and gold brooch, ‘Ecureuil’, and a gold demi-parure, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1960
The brooch designed as a squirrel, the body composed of carved coral further highlighted with a single-cut diamond and a carved emerald, the tail in yellow gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay marks; the gold demi-parure of fur pattern comprising a ring and a pair of ear clips, ring size 511/2, each signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks, cases stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
estimated prise 6,000 — 9,000 CHF
Gold, gem set and diamond charm bracelet and a pendant, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1950
The fancy link gold bracelet supporting five gem set charms, depicting a carousel, a bouquet, a palm tree on the beach, a duck and reeds, and a cottage, length approximately 195mm, each charm and chain signed Van Cleef & Arpels or V.C.A., numbered, French assay and maker’s marks, one small turquoise deficient; the pendant decorated with two love birds set with turquoise cabochons, circular-cut rubies and sapphires, and single-cut diamonds, signed VCA, numbered, French assay marks.
estimated prise 8,000 — 12,000 CHF
Mother-of-pearl, turquoise and diamond brooch and a cultured pearl and diamond ring, Sterlé, 1960s
The brooch designed as a bird, the head set with a cabochon turquoise, the beak and eyes set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the body composed of mother-of-pearl, the tail and wings of worked gold highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Sterlé, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks, two small diamonds deficient; the ring set with a baroque shaped cultured pearl within a worked two tone gold mount set with brilliant-cut diamonds, size 44, signed Sterlé, French assay mark.
estimated prise 10,000 — 15,000 CHF
Three gem set and diamond brooches, Bulgari
Each designed as an ice cream cone, set with coral, tiger’s eye, ivory, green chalcedony, carnelian and brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Bulgari, case stamped Bulgari.
estimated prise 5,000 — 10,000 CHF
Coral, onyx and diamond brooch, Sterlé, 1960s
Designed as an owl, the eyes set with coral and onyx, the beak set with brilliant- and single-cut diamonds, decorated with gold cheveux d’ange, signed Sterlé, numbered, French assay marks.
estimated prise 15,000 — 25,000 CHF
Two gold, emerald and diamond brooches, ‘Lion ébouriffé’, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1960s
Of lion and lion cub design, the eyes set with circular-cut emeralds, the muzzles pavé-set with single- and brilliant-cut diamonds, the noses applied with black enamel, signed Van Cleef & Arpels and VCA, numbered, French assay and maker’s marks.
estimated prise 6,000 — 9,000 CHF
The auction starts up on 16 November 2016 | 10:30 AM CET | Geneva
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