The Magnificent Jewels at Christie’s auction in Geneva: sapphires, pearls of historical origin and three pieces of Jar ♦ ︎
There will not be only The Pink Legacy, the 19-carat rose diamond estimated at up to 50 million dollars to attract the attention of collectors on November 13 in Geneva. The auction of Magnificent Jewels by Christie’s at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues provides, in fact, a parade of over 300 jewels. Diamonds, in fact, but also precious stones and pearls, with jewels of historic Maison and contemporary masters like Jar.
For example, the earrings with sapphires of 40.29 and 38.60 carats and white circular cut diamonds of David Morris, or a Panthére of Cartier with diamonds and onyx. Out of the ordinary is also the 16.33 carat cushion-cut sapphire set with triangular-shaped and circular-cut diamonds and a 7.83-karat Kashmir sapphire set among baguette-cut diamonds.
Christie’s also highlights the steel and diamond tiara designed by Cartier, dated 1912-1915.
It brings the brand of creator Henri Picq, who was responsible for some of the most exceptional jewelry made by Cartier in the early twentieth century. This tiara was not only designed by one of the greatest fashion houses of all time, but was also made by one of the best laboratories in the world at the time. After a long history, the tiara was part of the heritage of the von Fürstenberg family until 2015.
Among the pieces of the big names in jewelery, there is an Egyptian-style sautoir by Van Cleef & Arpels dated 1924, in full Egyptology of those years. It depicts a winged scarab, representing Khepri, the morning sun. In antiquity these objects were placed on the chest of the dead as a symbol of resurrection. The cartouche-shaped panel surrounding the scarab remembers those used to write the names of kings in the hieroglyphs. The hawk was the protector of royalty in ancient Egypt.
The three jewels of Jar for sale were purchased by their current owners directly from the Place Vendôme atelier in Paris and will be offered for auction for the first time.
The spectacular multi-bud brooch Bouquet of violets was created in 1993 and includes pink tourmalines, rubies, sapphires, colored and colorless diamonds, green garnets and tanzanites. The butterfly brooch dates back to 1990, while the Ivy Leaves earrings, created a year later, are set with single-cut diamonds in silver and gold.
For pearl lovers, there are some with an adventurous story. Like the pearl necklace purchased by Cartier in May 1920 by Horace Elgin Dodge (1868-1920),a former mechanics who became rich in America producing engines and automobiles. Horace Dodge gave the necklace to his daughter by paying a sum equivalent to 70 million today’s dollars. The origin of the pearls is attributed to the Empress of Russia Catherine the Great.