Fancy vivid colored diamonds, an impressive selection of jewelry from Cartier, Verdura and René Boivin, along with highly collectable pieces from the Art Deco and 1960s and 1970s eras headline Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale next month (24 April 2017).
Leading the sale is An Important Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring estimated at US$400,000-600,000. The ring centers on an old European brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond, weighing 6.32 carats, which is set between two old mine brilliant-cut diamonds. It is accompanied by GIA report stating the diamond as a Natural Fancy Vivid Yellow colour, VVS1 clarity.
Susan Abeles, Vice President Director of US Jewelry at Bonhams, says: 'Vivid yellow diamonds are distinguished by their very deep, warm and lively Jonquil yellow color. It is estimated that less than 0.1 per cent of diamonds mined are a vivid yellow color with no white traces and an even yellow color throughout. A rare few possess an astounding vivid yellow colour, which is almost incomparable.
Originating in a turn of the century Tiffany & Co. six-prong solitaire ring, this Old European Cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond is a rare example of 19th century cutting technology. This old fashioned cutting style, rarely found in today's market, epitomizes old world charm, brilliance and, above all, depth of color.'
Staying with colored diamonds, Bonhams will also be offering a magnificent Fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Necklace by William Goldberg estimated at US$350,000-550,000. This quintessential modern necklace is set with cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut Fancy Yellow diamonds, weighing a total of 47.34 carats. Each one of the 17 Fancy Yellow diamonds is set within a round brilliant-cut diamond surround and enhanced by baguette and round brilliant-cut diamond panel. The central Fancy Yellow diamond, weighing 5.02 carats, has been classified as Internally Flawless.
Gracing the front cover of Bonhams New York's Fine Jewelry catalog this April is an eternal classic, A Diamond Rivière Necklace estimated at US$200,000-300,000. The single strand of 63 graduating round brilliant-cut diamonds, with the largest diamond approximately 3.05 carats, weighs a total of 44 carats and is mounted in platinum.
Signed jewelry of the finest quality to go under the hammer
Bonhams New York is delighted to feature a number of highly collectable pieces of signed jewelry from the world's most famous houses in this sale including Cartier, René Boivin, Tiffany, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura.
The first notable lot is A Fine Ruby and Diamond Clip Brooch by Cartier, circa 1935. Extremely rare, the Cartier clip reflects the evolution of style from Art Deco to Art Moderne. Gone are the strong, flat, colorful, geometric lines as these were replaced by the more sculptural aesthetic found in jewelry of the mid-1930s.
The brooch is geometrically designed and centers on a beautiful marquise mixed-cut ruby, weighing 3.54 carats. The central ruby has a pavé-set frame of baguette and round brilliant-cut diamonds, further enhanced by round cabochon and sugarloaf rubies and accented with square step-cut diamond.
Estimated at US$300,000-400,000, the central ruby is accompanied by an AGL report stating that it is Classic Burmese and has no indication of heat or clarity enhancement.
Susan Abeles of Bonhams Jewelry adds: 'From the mid-1930s Cartier created and sold predominantly sculptural, mono-chromatic and diamond jewelry. While gemstone preferences of sapphire, emerald, aquamarine, topaz and turquoise can be found, very few ruby examples exist.
This particular clip brooch provides an elaborate, yet simple, showcase for an exquisite gemstone. The brooch is a real collector's item given the Cartier name, the era and the composition. Any connoisseur would want to have this rare jewel as their own.'
Jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels is also set to catch the eyes of buyers with Bonhams offering a number of striking lots.
A pair of Diamond Day/Night Earrings dated 1983. Making a real statement, the earrings feature a total diamond weight of 29.25 carats and have a pre-sale estimate of US$60,000 - 80,000.
A pair of Diamond Ear Clips dated 1978. Reminiscent of the glamorous 1970s era, these stylish cluster design earrings are set throughout with marquise-shaped diamonds. Featuring approximately 17.80 carats of diamonds, they have a pre-sale estimate of US$50,000 - 70,000.
René Boivin jewelry always attracts global interest given the French jeweler is considered to have produced some of the most original jewels of the 20th century. Well known for the impeccable craftsmanship of their pieces, the firm set itself apart by their masterly use of colored stones and by their thoroughly modern and sculptural designs.
In this forthcoming sale, Bonhams will be offering An Aquamarine and Diamond "Feuille De Platane" Brooch by René Boivin. Dated circa 1950, the brooch features a heart-shaped aquamarine, weighing approximately 21.90 carats, which is enhanced by textured gold leaves and adorned with old European-cut diamonds. It is estimated at US$20,000 - 25,000.
World renowned for its timeless, elegant and distinctly original designs, Verdura pieces from the 1940s continue to achieve strong pieces at auction given their rarity. In this sale, Bonhams will be offering A Citrine and 14k Rose Gold Brooch by Verdura, dated 1941. It is estimated at US$5,000 - 7,000.
Another anticipated collectors' highlight in the sale is An Art Deco Diamond Bracelet by Linzeler Marchak. Alexander Marchak's collaboration with Robert Linzeler only lasted a few years so it is very rare to find examples of their work today. The name Linzeler Marchak is linked with some of the greatest jewels of the Art Deco style and this geometric paneled diamond bracelet being offered for sale is typical of their distinctive design. Dated circa 1925, the bracelet features old European-cut and step-cut diamonds and is estimated at US$6,000 - 8,000.
Classic diamonds to shine at the sale
No sale would be complete without colorless diamonds. Simple, classic and always elegant, they make the perfect addition to any jewelry collection and never go out of style. Highlighted lots include:
A Diamond Solitaire Ring by Harry Winston. The rectangular-shaped step-cut diamond, weighing 5.33 carats, F color, VVS2 clarity is estimated at US$130,000 - 180,000.
A Fine Diamond Bracelet. The highly articulated bracelet is
centrally set with three curved lines of baguette-cut
diamonds, to a tapering pear, marquise, and round brilliant-cut diamond surround (approximate total diamond weight 48.00 carats) and is estimated at US$35,000 - 55,000.
Original Blue Book Tiffany Lily Of The Valley brooch comes to auction
Perfectly timed for spring is A Diamond and Enamel 'Lily Of The Valley' Brooch designed by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co. Dated 1969, this Lily of the Valley brooch is the original prototype for the 1969 Tiffany & Company Blue book brooch. The inspiration for this brooch comes from the French custom of giving Lily of the Valleys on the first of May to celebrate spring and as a porte-bonheur or good luck charm. Estimated at US$5,000 - 7,000, the brooch is composed of eleven en tremblant lilies, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, to a gold stem with green enamel leaves.
Antique jewelry showcases impeccable craftsmanship in the 1800s
The oldest piece of jewelry being offered in the sale is An Antique pair of Emerald and Gold Earrings dating back to circa 1800, estimated at US$3,000-5,000. Also from the same century is a wonderful example of An Antique Diamond and Natural Pearl Necklace. Dated circa 1885, the necklace is designed as graduated openwork sections of old mine-cut diamonds in a floral motif, enhanced by rose-cut diamonds. It has a pre-sale estimate of US$25,000 - 35,000.
The sale, which takes place at Bonhams New York at 3:00pm EST on 24 April 2017, features a total of 133 lots.
Susan Abeles, Vice President Director of the US Jewelry at Bonhams, says: 'We have a really wonderful first fine jewelry sale of the year which we hope will appeal to a cross section of clients - whether they are interested in colored diamonds, extremely rare signed jewelry, antique jewelry or classic white diamonds.'
Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry sale preview dates are as follows:
Bonhams Geneva (highlights) by appointment only: April 3 & 4: 10am to 5pm
Rue Etienne-Dumont, 10, 1204 Geneva
Bonhams Hong Kong (highlights) by appointment only: April 7 & 10: 10am to 7pm
Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Bonhams New York: April 20 & 21: 10am to 5pm, April 22 & 23: 12pm to 5pm
580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022