Colored Diamonds Top Christie’s Magnificent Jewelery Auction on December 6 – Robb Report
Does your holiday shopping list include a jewelry lover or two? Christie’s Magnificent Jewelery Saletaking place live (and online) at the New York Auctioneer’s Gallery at Rockefeller Center on December 6, could be your one-stop-shop.
The House’s Final Live Jewelry Auction of the Year Rolls On With Some Big Ones colored diamonds: a 31.62 carat pear-shaped fancy blue diamond it’s the largest fancy blue diamond ever to come to auction (in a pendant-necklace estimated at $10-15 million), and – drum roll, please! – a 13.15 carat emerald cut fancy hot pink diamond set in a simple platinum band, estimated between 25 and 35 million dollars.
But that’s not all. Diamond lovers can choose between colored stones in small packages (such as a platinum ring set with a Fancy intense blue oval brilliant cut diamond of 2.21 caratsestimated between $1,200,000 and $1,800,000), or shamelessly oversized colorless rocks, like the diamond couple bangle bracelet set with a huge 50-carat stone (a D-color, heart-shaped diamond with no flaws inside, no less), estimated between $3,700,000 and $4,500,000.
Or they can bypass the choice altogether and go for big and colored with De Beers Yellow, a Fancy bright yellow 13.75 caratsflawless emerald-cut diamond ($1,100,000 to $1,800,000).
Highlights also include another pendant necklace, this one featuring a 86.64-carat pear-shaped D-color diamond ($5,000,000 to $7,000,000) and a diamond brooch in the shape of a palm tree from cartier (c. 1948) centered on a 13.30-carat brilliant-cut diamond, from the collection of author, socialite and copper mining heiress Margaret Thompson Biddle ($500,000 to $700,000).
Beyond the big boulders, the sale is filled with signature pieces from the likes of Bulgari, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.
For anyone captivated by provenance, check out lot 52, a brooch “Bouquet” set by Van Cleef that once belonged to Argentine First Lady Eva “Evita” Perón. The retro-style brooch, estimated between $60,000 and $80,000, was purchased at Evita’s personal collection auction in 1957 and has remained unused and in private hands ever since.
If you are in New York, it will be visible, as well as the other highlights of the sale, at Christie’s from December 2 to 5.