Bonhams to auction jewels by designers and a European princess in December
November 13, 2015: Jewellery from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Laurence Graff along with a pair of exceptional Kashmir sapphires belonging to a European Princess feature in Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale on December 5, 2015.
Leading the sale is a fancy greyish-blue, 2.97cts step-cut diamond ring by the society jeweller to the royals and the stars in the 1960s and 70s, Andrew Grima, estimated at £500,000-700,000. Of equal merit are a pair of late 19th century earrings set with two cushion-cut 7.92cts and 7.96cts sapphires from Kashmir. They are the property of a European princess and estimated at £500,000 to £800,000. Both lots will be presented at auction for the first time.
White diamonds are also set to sparkle at the sale with two exceptional diamond rings. The first – an Asscher-cut 14.24cts diamond – is estimated at £250,000 to £350,000. The Asscher-cut is often regarded as one of the most elegant diamond cuts. The second is a cushion-shaped 5.02cts diamond ring signed by Marchak Paris. The D colour, internally flawless, stone sits between similarly-cut diamond shoulders and is estimated at £220,000 to £280,000.
Highlighted lots include two Burmese rubies. The first is a 4.79cts cushion shaped ruby and diamond ring by British jeweller Laurence Graff. The ruby is from Burma, has no heat treatment and is estimated at £150,000 to £250,000. The second is a Belle Époque ruby and diamond pendant circa 1915. The 3.83cts Burmese ruby is estimated at £30,000 to £40,000 and also has no heat treatment. The cushion shaped ruby is a vibrant, intense red with good transparency.
Bonhams London will be offering a pair of bouton-shaped natural pearl earrings estimated at £100,000 to £150,000. The pearls have been in the same family since 1911 when they were purchased for £10,000 (equivalent to £800,000 in today’s money). Measuring approximately 14.63 by 9.40mm and 14.41 by 9.91mm, the pearls are beautifully matched in terms of colour, lustre and shape.
Signed jewellery from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier is always sought after. A Coral and Chrysoprase brooch/pendant and earclip suite, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1975, estimated at £10,000 to £15,000, is therefore a part of the auction. And so is a mid-20th Century sapphire, ruby and diamond “Pelouse Hawaii” ring and earclip suite, by Van Cleef & Arpels estimated at £6,000-£8,000. Also available will be a gem-set charm bracelet, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1965 estimated at £15,000-£20,000.
A highly unusual and rare example of Art Deco jewellery by Cartier will start the sale. The property of a European Noble Family, the diamond flexible bar brooch can be worn in a number of ways: on a cuff, as a hairpiece, on the shoulder, on a collar or worn straight. It is estimated at £15,000-£20,000.
The auction will feature a number of pieces from the 1960s by Andrew Grima. These include a gold, tourmaline and diamond necklace and earclip suite estimated at £20,000-25,000 and a gold and amethyst ring estimated at £2,500-£3,500.
For details of the 135 lots in Bonhams December Fine Jewellery sale please click here. The auction takes place at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street (commencing at 1pm GMT) and bids can be placed online on Bonhams website via telephone, in writing, and also in person on the day of the sale.