Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Spectacular Diamonds and Fancy Coloured Gems Dazzle at Bonhams London Jewels Sale

Prepare to be mesmerized as New Bond Street hosts the London Jewels auction on June 13th. With 120 lots on offer, this sale presents a breathtaking collection of jewellery spanning various eras, from Archaeological Revival pieces to a remarkable selection of signed Art Deco jewels. Among the highlights are a rare Bulgari clip brooch and exquisite bracelets from the 1930s by Boucheron and Cartier. The event will also showcase a 1950s diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels and an impressive range of certificated diamonds, fancy coloured diamonds, emeralds, Kashmir sapphires, and bold 1960s and 1970s statement designs by renowned brands.

Leading the auction is a Mouawad diamond and fancy coloured diamond ‘Toi Et Moi’ ring. This exceptional piece features a radiant-cut fancy intense blue diamond weighing 5.03 carats, obliquely set with a radiant-cut fancy purple-pink diamond weighing 5.13 carats, accented by pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds of pink and blue tint. With an estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000, it promises to be a highlight of the sale.

Another notable lot is a Belle Époque Marcus & Co. enamel, pearl, diamond, and gem-set brooch dating back to circa 1895. Adorned with iridescent cloisonné enamel and embellished with old-brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, circular-cut emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, this brooch is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship. It features a central pearl of purple tint surrounded by an old brilliant-cut diamond quatrefoil, culminating in a natural pearl drop, and is estimated to fetch £60,000-80,000.

Jennifer Tonkin, Bonhams Co-Head of Department, Jewellery, UK, expressed her enthusiasm for the auction: “London Jewels showcases best-in-class examples from every era, offering a wide range of exquisite pieces, including coloured diamonds in various hues, antique jewels with ancestral provenance, and exceptional signed Art Deco pieces. It is a rare opportunity for collectors and specialists alike to acquire pieces of such beauty and historical significance.”

The auction also features notable diamonds, such as a diamond fringe necklace circa 1950, a 19th-century diamond rivière necklace, and a rare Van Cleef & Arpels Art Deco diamond bracelet. Fancy coloured diamonds take center stage with highlights including a Graff coloured diamond pendant necklace, a coloured diamond and diamond ring, and a William Goldberg for Boodles diamond and coloured diamond bracelet.

Exceptional signed Art Deco pieces include a rare Cartier rock crystal and gem-set bangle, a Bulgari Art Deco double diamond clip brooch, and a Cartier Art Deco black lacquer and diamond cuff bangle. Notable designs from the 1960s and 1970s include a Van Cleef & Arpels cultured pearl, diamond, and emerald ‘Lion Barquerolles’ sautoir, a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and emerald ‘Lion Barquerolles’ earclips, and a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond spray brooch.

Standout Archaeological Revival lots include a pair of Castellani sapphire bracelets, a rare Egyptian revival gold scarab bracelet attributed to Ernesto Pierret, and a Carlo Guiliano gold archaeological revival necklace composed of spherical beads.

With such an array of exceptional pieces on offer, the London Jewels auction promises to be an unforgettable event for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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