upcoming sale offers six large D-color diamonds – the whitest shade possible – along with a broad assortment of fine diamond necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets. The largest of the D-color diamonds is a stunning oval-cut diamond ring of 25.74 carats by the celebrated jeweler Graff that is estimated at US$3.5-5 million (pictured page one, center). Also featured is a rectangular-cut D-color diamond ring of 20.43 carats by Cartier (estimate: US$1.5-2.5 million) and a pear-shaped D-color diamond pendant of 11.05 carats (estimate: $1-1.5 million).
Art Deco jewels remain a favorite category for collectors who prize the era’s bold geometric forms and exceptional craftsmanship. A highlight of the upcoming sale is a highly-coveted example of Art Deco inspiration by Cartier – a full size “Tutti Frutti” bracelet of diamonds and carved sapphires, rubies and emeralds (estimate: US$600,000-800,000; pictured at right).
At three inches in width, the piece is the largest of the limited-edition Tutti Frutti bracelets to have come to auction at Christie’s since November of 2005. Superior examples of this iconic style are among the most desirable signed jewels in the auction market currently; earlier this year, Christie’s London set a new world auction record of US$1.88 million for a Tutti Frutti bracelet when it sold a slimmer version of the signature style for nearly four times the low estimate.
Additional highlights include: Colored and Colorless Diamond Highlights A Rectangular-Cut D-Color Diamond Ring of 20.43 carats, by Cartier Estimate: $1.5 million – 2.5 million A Pear-Shaped Diamond Line Necklace Estimate: $600,000 – 800,000 A Pear-Shaped D-color Diamond Pendant of 11.05 carats Estimate: $1 million – 1.5 million An Oval-Cut Fancy Pink Diamond of 5.23 carats Estimate: $600,000 – 800,000 A Marquise-Cut Fancy Intense Blue Diamond Ring of 2.28 carats Estimate: $600,000 – 800,0000
A Set of Four Circular-Cut Diamond Line Necklaces Estimate: $500,000 – 700,000 A Colored Diamond Choker Necklace, by BVLGARI Set with a cushion-cut Fancy Yellow-Green diamond of 17.88 carats Estimate: $500,000– 800,000 Rare Gemstone Highlights A Cushion-Cut Colombian Emerald Ring, of 23.50 carats Estimate: $600,000 – 800,000 A Cushion-Cut Burmese Sapphire Ring, of 34.30 carats Estimate: $500,000 – 700,000 A Pair of Burmese Sapphire Ear Pendants Estimate: $300,000 – 500,000 A Cushion-Cut Burmese Ruby Ring of 5.36 carats by Van Cleef & Arpels Formerly the property of Madame Claude Arpels Estimate: $150,000 – 250,000 An Art Deco Cushion-Cut Burmese Ruby ring, by Tiffany & Co. Estimate: $100,000 – 200,000
The complete e-catalogue for this sale is now available online at
Auction: New York Magnificent Jewels Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Viewing: Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries October 15-17, 2011
A press preview of this sale is scheduled for Friday, October 14.
For details, please contact Christie’s Public Relations office in New York.
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