Blue diamonds, transformable jewels and rare gems at Christie’s auction in Geneva ♦ ︎
Autumn is one of the two moments of the year (the other is late spring) in which the major auctions of great jewelery are held. The Christie’s auction in Geneva, with its Magnificent Jewels, on November 12th presents a series of pieces of great value, but also of simple (and expensive) gems.
The eyes are on a ring with a fancy deep blue diamond of 7.03 carats assembled by Moussaieff, estimated at 7.8 – 10.9 million pounds, and on a diamond ring of 46.93 carats of the highest quality, color D, internally flawless clarity (estimate 2.9 – 3.5 million).
Among the jewels of the catalog shine the transformable jewels, with innovative Art Deco designs by Cartier, including three brooches that were part of the collection of Jane Beatrice Mills, Countess of Granard (1883-1972). Additional items for sale include a superb Cartier Art Deco diamond bandeau, which can also be worn as a crew neck, two bracelets and as a brooch and the iconic diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels.
The auction will also present an unusual Belle Époque brooch in turquoise and diamonds, around 1910, acquired by the Australian soprano Nellie Melba at the height of her career. Among the other prized pieces there are also a pendant with a large 42,97 carat Burmese sapphire, estimated at 1.5 – 2.3 million, an important pair of untreated Colombian emerald earrings of over 7.5 carats each and a ring Burmese ruby red pigeon blood of 3.88 carats.
Finally, on the sales counter there is also an important series of 119 natural salt water and diamond pearls (estimate 389,000 – 545,000 pounds) and jewelry of the famous designer Pierre Sterlé, considered emblematic of the Fifties and Sixties.
Visits to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva from 7 to 12 November.