Rubies, sapphires, diamonds and 16 pieces by David Webb at Bonhams auction in New York ♦ ︎
Even if you do not have the money to buy the magnificent jewels of the magnificent auctions held in the wealth capitals, first of all Geneva, London, Hong Kong and New York, browsing the catalogs can be enjoyable. You can find exceptional jewels discovered, true masterpieces not only for their estimated value, but also for their artistic quality.
Also the auction scheduled by Bonhams in New York for April 17, 2018 (133 lots) does not miss interesting pieces in the catalog. A solitaire ring with premium quality, brilliant cut, 10,01 carats is the most valuable piece, with an estimated 500,000-700,000 dollars. But, if you are not a diamond enthusiast or an investor who wants to close the ring in a safe, it is not the most pleasant piece to watch. Better, for example, the Art Déco bracelet with rubies and diamonds by Cartier, dated around 1935. It has contrasting rubies with white diamonds, in seven rows, interspersed with baguette-cut diamond bars, with other old-cut diamonds. Rubies are of Burmese origin and not heated. With rubies (50) is also composed of a necklace of Bulgari, with oval-shaped graduated stones, the largest weighing about 2.15 carats, alternating with round brilliant-cut round diamonds. Rubies are of Burmese origin (Myanmar). In the catalog there is also a ring of rubies and diamonds by Mermod & Jaccard.
Rubies are the fashion stone at the moment, but sapphires never set. At the auction of Bonhams, for example, a ring with 9.85 carats of Kashmir sapphire and diamonds is estimated at 80.000-120.000 dollars, while a pendant necklace with Sri Lanka sapphire of 40.07 carats and diamonds rises to 280.000- 320.000 .
The David Webb jewelery
One of the reasons of interest of the auction are also the 16 pieces by David Webb. The American designer was famous for his large and daring jewels, in which he also used materials such as exotic shells, carved rock crystal, enamel and coral. The collection that Bonhams will offer includes a bracelet with fox-head diamonds, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and enamels: a perfect example of Webb’s love for jewelry in the shape of animals, made with enamels, diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Federico Graglia