a pearl necklace with an Art Deco platinum and diamond clasp by Cartier (lot 735, $3,000 to $5,000) are fine examples of pearls from Iselin’s collection.
Other unique offerings featured in the collection include a pair of platinum, rock crystal, and diamond hat pins by Cartier (lot 740, $3,000 to $5,000) and an exquisite double strand jadeite bead necklace (lot 745, $20,000 to $30,000).
Iselin was an avid horsewoman, golfer, and accomplished sailor who competed on an international level. She was the first woman to compete in the America's Cup. Her husband, C. Oliver Iselin, who defended the America’s Cup four times, was perhaps the most famed American yachtsman of the late 19th century. The pair’s vast inherited wealth, competitive spirit, and devotion to aristocratic sports made them one of the most fabulous couples of the Gilded Age.
Columbian emeralds are featured in the upcoming sale highlighted by a platinum, emerald, and diamond prong-set ring with an octagonal step-cut emerald weighing approx. 3.10 cts., (lot 688, $20,000 to $30,000), a platinum, emerald, and diamond prong-set ring with an octagonal step-cut emerald weighing approx. 5.60 cts. (lot 670, $30,000 to $40,000), and an emerald ring set with a pear-shaped emerald weighing 3.20 cts. (lot 493, $8,000 to $12,000), all three lots accompanied by lab reports from either AGL or Gubelin stating Columbian origin.
The sale features signed jewelry by makers such as Verdura, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Elizabeth Locke and Marilyn Cooperman. The sale’s cover lot is an 18kt gold, diamond, and gem-set butterfly brooch by Cartier (lot 633, $30,000 to $50,000). Other important signed pieces include a Van Cleef & Arpels 18kt gold and coral flower brooch (lot 634, $8,000 to $10,000), an 18kt gold and diamond bracelet by Cartier (lot 635, $12,000 to $15,000), and an 18kt gold, carved emerald, and gem-set elephant ring by Cartier (lot 637, $10,000 to $15,000).
Previews, Catalogue, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, September 10, 2012, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
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