The 18.96 carat pink diamond costs like other 310 jewels auctioned by Christie’s in Geneva ♦ ︎
Total of the sale inclusive of the buyer’s premium: 110.211.750 Swiss francs approximately 96 million euros, equivalent to 108 million dollars. Very. But it makes an impression that half of this mountain of money resulting from Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction is the result of a single jewel: The Pink Legacy, a 18.96-light-pink rectangular cut diamond, mounted on platinum.
The stone, of an exceptional size, of a vivid color, with a perfect appearance, in short, has been evaluated 50 millions, as the all other 310 jewels put up for sale. It was purchased by Harry Winston.
And to say that there were several pieces of great value. In second place for the price realized, a pair of brilliant cut diamonds, but modified as drop, a brilliant blue (8.85 cts) and 8.79 ct orangy pink, on platinum and gold. They were purchased for around 4.5 million dollars. The Egyptian-style pendant necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, made in 1924, has surpassed the expectations. It is made up of antique and rose cut diamonds, cabochon and calibré rubies, cabochons and emeralds, gilt, onyx, platinum and gold. Award price: about 4.3 million dollars, compared to the maximum estimate of 3 million in the pre-auction.
A ring with rectangular cut diamond of 20,50 carats, baguette cut, on platinum and gold, has priced at 2 million dollars, while a pair of earrings with sapphires signed by David Morris has been beaten at 1.4 million.
A necklace with diamonds and emeralds from Cartier, together with bracelets and earrings, almost reached 1.2 million dollars. The long-standing Cartier tiara, with old-cut diamonds, blackened steel, platinum, dated 1912-1915, sold for $ 480,000, touched the ceiling of esteem.
The price for Jar’s spectacular brooch, Bouquet of Violets, is quite high: 720,000 dollars, while the butterfly brooch of the same mysterious jeweler has stopped at a minimum of 390,000. And at the half of estimate the earrings, again of Jar, in the shape of ivy leaves: 520,000 dollars. Federico Graglia