Sunday, July 21, 2024

Extraordinary Results Achieved at Bonhams London Jewels Sale

London— The Bonhams London Jewels sale, featuring 113 lots, achieved a total of £6,590,562, with an impressive 78% of lots sold by number and a staggering 99% by value.

The highlight of the evening was the Mouawad diamond and fancy coloured diamond ‘Toi Et Moi’ ring, which fetched £2,952,400. This exquisite piece features a radiant-cut fancy intense blue diamond weighing 5.03 carats, paired with a radiant-cut fancy purple-pink diamond weighing 5.13 carats, adorned with pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds in pink and blue on the gallery and shoulders. The ring far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000.

Jennifer Tonkin, Bonhams Co-Head of Department, Jewellery, UK, expressed her delight at the exceptional results, noting, “London Jewels showcased best-in-class examples from every era, including Kashmir sapphires, certificated diamonds, and a variety of exceptional coloured diamonds. The auction highlighted the artistry and technical brilliance of renowned jewellers, underscoring our commitment to offering the finest jewellery pieces to our discerning clientele.”

Among the standout lots was a Belle Époque Marcus & Co. enamel, pearl, diamond, and gem-set brooch from circa 1895, which sold for £165,500 against an estimate of £60,000-80,000. This piece, adorned with iridescent cloisonné enamel, old-brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, and accented by circular-cut emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, exemplifies the craftsmanship and elegance of the era.

The auction also featured a diverse selection of jewellery, including a 1950s diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, a diamond fringe necklace circa 1950, and a 19th-century diamond rivière necklace, all achieving significant results and demonstrating the enduring appeal of classic designs.

Other noteworthy sales included a ruby and diamond ring with a cushion-shaped Burmese ruby weighing 7.10 carats, which sold for £216,300, surpassing its pre-sale estimate threefold. Additionally, a coloured diamond and diamond ring, featuring a 10.01-carat step-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, fetched £165,500, doubling its pre-sale estimate.

The auction further showcased a Rubel Frères Art Deco diamond sautoir from circa 1925, which sold for £165,500, and a rare Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ‘Lattice’ bracelet from the 1950s, which achieved £121,050.

As the Bonhams London Jewels sale concluded, the remarkable results underscored the continued allure and investment potential of exquisite jewellery pieces, driven by their rarity, craftsmanship, and timeless beauty.

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