Rare diamond jewels highlight Bonhams' Jewels Sale in New York, displaying fancy yellow, blue and pink diamonds
September 9, 2019: As the Fall auction season advances, Bonhams announces highlights of its upcoming sale of New York Jewels on September 26, featuring exceptional diamonds and colored stones, an array of antique and modern jewelry, together with signed pieces by great houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. The sale comprises 144 lots with estimates ranging from $3,000 up to $1.2 million.
Highlighting the sale is a rare fancy colored diamond and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels from a private collection (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). The emerald cut diamond is accented by round brilliant-cut diamonds.
The Van Cleef & Arpels section of the sale also includes a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats; a fine carved emerald, pearl and diamond necklace; an oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940.
The sale features a selection of diamonds in a variety of cuts and colors, including a fine unmounted round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 11.11 carats with E color and VS2 clarity; a cushion-shaped modified brilliant-cut Fancy Deep Pink diamond ring weighing 2.42 carats and an impressive Fancy Yellow diamond ring weighing 24.64 carats.
Highlighting the Art Deco section includes a very fine diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, circa 1925, and two lots from the estate of Joseph Schildkraut, a German silent film actor. The first lot is an elegant gentleman’s smoking set decorated with diamonds, circa 1925, comprising of a black lacquer lighter and cigarette case signed Cartier NY, and an onyx cigarette holder still containing an original monogrammed cigarette. The second lot is a diamond and enameled open face pocket watch made by Cartier circa 1925, also monogrammed with Joseph’s initials.
A highlight exhibition tour will start at Bonhams Los Angeles on September 6-9, then to Bonhams Hong Kong on September 16-18 by appointment only, leading up to the full exhibition at Bonhams New York starting September 21 at noon.