A bracelet with an exceptional 47-carat Burmese sapphire from Cartier at the center of upcoming Sotheby’s auctions ♦ ︎
The big, spectacular, expensive jewels are back on the boards of the great auction houses. It is the turn of Sotheby’s, which presents a group of extraordinary jewels from an important American collection. The jewels will be auctioned in the fall in New York (25 September) and Geneva (11 and 13 November).
It is a large collection of Cartier designer jewelry, which was collected by an important collector, who over the course of 50 years has acquired important pieces from the best jewelry houses, and in particular from Cartier. But it also includes jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels and the King of Diamonds, Harry Winston. The result is a collection consisting of two distinct strands. On one side, a nucleus of pieces in classical style adorned with important diamonds and precious stones. On the other side, beautiful but less precious day jewels.
Cartier’s Art Deco bracelet has an extraordinary design; its central stone is a sensational Burmese sapphire of the highest quality and color. Timeless pieces like these will surely have a global appeal.
David Bennett, international president of Sotheby’s Jewelery
The most important piece in the collection is considered to be an Art Deco style sapphire and diamond bracelet created by Cartier in 1927: these are the years that many consider the golden age for the jewelry house. The bracelet is decorated with a sensational Burmese sapphire weighing 47.07 carats, flanked by two splendid pear-shaped white diamonds weighing 9.27 and 8.60 carats respectively. The estimate is 2-3 million dollars.
The sapphire and diamond bracelet at the center of the collection is a superb example of Cartier’s art. The strong and powerful geometric design, which somehow resembles the solidity of architecture, is the perfect structure for the exceptional Burmese sapphire cabochon.
Daniela Mascetti, European president of Sotheby’s Jewelery