Highlights from Sotheby’s New York June 16, 2022, Magnificent Jewels Live Auction


Sotheby’s New York, June 16, 2022, the Magnificent Jeweks live auction with 142 lots promises to be an extraordinary event, featuring an array of exceptional signed jewels, significant diamonds, colored diamonds and stones colored gems. Signed jewelry includes exceptional lots from Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston, David Webb, JE Caldwell, Reza, Jar, Bulgari, Graff, Mauboussin, Gerard, Belperron, Schwartz, Boucheron, Verdura, Tiffany & Co., Hemmerle And the others. The variety of jewelry includes bracelets, bracelets, brooches, earrings, earrings, earrings, dangle earrings, dangling earrings, necklaces, pendant necklaces, pendants and rings.

The auction will be preceded by live exhibits which will be held first in Los Angeles, CA, at 350 N Camden Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210, from June 01, 2022 to June 03, 2022, according to the following schedule:-

June 1, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 2, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

June 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The New York exhibit will be held June 8-15, 2022 at 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

The top lot in the sale based on estimates and a $7.5 million bid already placed is lot 487 – The Juno Diamond, the property of a major private collection. The diamond takes its name from the Greek goddess “JUNO”, the goddess of love, marriage and light, which gives life and eternal youth.

Lot 487 – The Juno diamond
Lot 487 – The Juno diamond.  Brilliant pear cut diamond, weighing 101.41 carats
Lot 487 – The Juno diamond. Brilliant pear cut diamond, weighing 101.41 carats

The brilliant pear-shaped diamond, weighing 101.41 carats, is D-colored and has an impeccable internal clarity grade.

GIA report no. 13652869 dated May 24, 2022 indicates the diamond is D color and of impeccable internal clarity. A letter accompanying the report indicates that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

The appearance of a perfect 100 carat diamond at an auction is a remarkable event. Only eleven D-Color, Flawless or Internally Flawless diamonds over 100 carats have been sold at auction since 1990, and Sotheby’s claims to have had the privilege of selling seven of these significant stones.

Lot no. 442, a lot signed by Kwiat titled A Magnificent Diamond Ring
Lot no. 442, a lot signed by Kwiat titled A Magnificent Diamond Ring

The next highlight of the sale is also a lot of diamonds, bearing lot No. 442, a lot signed by Kwiat titled A Magnificent Diamond Ring, the Property of a Distinguished Estate with an estimate of $2-3 million.

Kwiat’s size 8 platinum ring, stamped PLAT, is double prong set with an emerald cut diamond, D-Color, VVS-1 Clarity, weighing 26.06 carats.

GIA Report No. 2225294183 dated February 12, 2022 states that the diamond is D color and VVS1 clarity. A letter from the GIA indicates that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa and a working drawing accompanying the lot indicates that the diamond may be potentially free from internal fault.

A Superb Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Earclip Pendants
A Superb Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Earclip Pendants

The next highlight of the sale is a lot of colored gemstones and diamonds, lot number 501 and titled “A Stunning Pair of Sapphire and Diamond Earring Pendants” with an estimate of $2-3 million.

A stunning pair of sapphire and diamond ear pendants (side view).
A stunning pair of sapphire and diamond ear pendants (side view).

Each pair of drop earrings is topped with an emerald cut diamond, suspending a cushion cut blue sapphire and a pear cut diamond suspended below the sapphire. An intermediate baguette-cut diamond is placed between the upper emerald-cut diamond and the central blue sapphire and a trapezoidal diamond is placed between the blue sapphire and the lower pear-shaped diamond. Round brilliant cut diamonds are mounted on the side of the top to bottom mounts of the dangling earrings.

AGL report no. 1120184 A and B dated January 27, 2022 indicate that the sapphires are of Kashmir origin, with no indication of heating.

SSEF report no. 113876 dated July 6, 2020 regarding the sapphire weighing 9.65 carats indicates that the sapphire is of cashmere origin, with no indication of heating. A second SSEF report bearing no. 114022 dated July 30, 2020 regarding the sapphire weighing 9.44 carats indicates that the sapphire is of cashmere origin, with no indication of heating.

Two Gubelin reports bearing nos. 20070040 dated July 14, 2020 and 20080028 dated August 13, 2020 concerning sapphires weighing 9.65 carats and 9.44 carats respectively, indicate that the sapphires are of cashmere origin, without any indication of heating.

Two GIA reports bearing nos. 2205993095 dated June 9, 2020 and 5202993060 dated June 9, 2020, regarding a pear-shaped diamond weighing 4.12 carats and 4.09 carats respectively, indicate that the two diamonds are D-Color and Flawless Clarity. Both diamonds come with a letter from the GIA stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

Two GIA report numbers 5201960053 dated August 17, 2021 and 6207422338 dated July 8, 2019 for emerald cut diamonds weighing 3.19 carats and 3.17 carats respectively, indicate that both diamonds are D color, but the first diamond is of internal Flawless Clarity and the second diamond is Flawless Clarity. Both diamonds come with a letter from the GIA stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

Lot n° 475 and titled A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Cartier
Lot n° 475 and titled A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Cartier

The next highlight of the sale is another signed lot, by Cartier bearing lot no. 475 and titled A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace, with an estimate of $1.5-2.5 million.

The vintage Cartier London necklace dated circa 1945, is an Indian-inspired fringed necklace with an internal circumference of 13 ins (33 cm) equivalent to a collar length necklace.

Lot No. 475 and titled A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Cartier (Reverse View).
Lot No. 475 and titled A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Cartier (Reverse View).

The lower half of this yellow gold necklace is collar set with alternating spirally arranged rows of three and six round white diamonds, with a large round diamond set at the lower middle end, from which the main fringe of the necklace emerges .

The main fringe of the necklace is set with an oval-cut emerald as the centerpiece, surrounded by a row set with small round diamonds, with an inverted arc set with round diamonds rising from each side, ending in a pear-shaped diamond inside the arch. The lower end of the main fringe is set with another large round diamond, set below with a small middle pear-shaped diamond and several matching round diamonds of varying sizes on each side.

Seven smaller fringes are placed on either side of the main fringe. Each small fringe is set with a cushion-cut or emerald-cut basal emerald, ending in a terminal triplet of two basal round diamonds and a larger terminal round diamond. The three fringes closer to the main fringe have cushion cut basal emeralds and the four distal fringes have emerald cut basal emeralds.

The lower half of the necklace is delineated by placing an oval-cut emerald on the diamond-set necklace, surrounded by small round diamonds and ending on the outside with a group of six round diamonds, five of which are the same size and the slightly larger terminal. The rear fringes, six on either side of the main rear fringe, are the smallest fringes in the necklace, with a cushion-cut basal emerald ending in a round diamond and a single round diamond set between two fringes. The back main fringe is set with a large rectangular cut emerald ending on the outside with a large oval cut diamond.

Edited by David Webb - 'The Earth Star' |  Fancy Deep Orange-Brown Diamond, Azurmalachite and Diamond Pendant |  David Webb
Edited by David Webb – ‘The Earth Star’ | Fancy Deep Orange-Brown Diamond, Azurmalachite and Diamond Pendant | David Webb

The next highlight of the sale is a diamond pendant mounted by David Webb, bearing lot number 437 titled Mounted by David Webb – ‘The Earth Star’ | Fancy Deep Orange-Brown Diamond, Azurmalachite and Diamond Pendant | David Webb, with a pre-sale estimate of $1.5-2.5 million.

Reverse view of the David Webb Earth Star, Azurmalachite and Diamond pendant.
Reverse view of the David Webb Earth Star, Azurmalachite and Diamond pendant.

The pendant signed David Webb, features a famous diamond known as the “Earth Star”, a pear-shaped diamond of 111.59 carats, Fancy Deep Orange-Brown, discovered in 1967 at the Jagersfontein mine in South Africa, set in a frame of sculpted diamonds. Azurmalachite, a blue and green gemstone mineral, composed of two copper carbonate minerals azurite (Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2) and malachite (Cu2(CO3)(OH)2), with a hardness of 3.5 to 4.0 on the Mohs Scale. The yellow gold suspension of the pendant is additionally adorned with round white diamonds.

GIA report no. 6204551424 dated December 19, 2019 indicates that the center diamond is Fancy Deep Orange-Brown and natural in color. A GIA monograph accompanying the report traces the history of the diamond and attests to its rarity.

The setting stamped 18k for 18k yellow gold is also stamped MC14 indicating that the piece was the 14th special order executed by David Webb this year (2022), and is the largest diamond ever set by David Webb. The Earth Star diamond has a clarity grade of SI2 to I1. Accent diamonds weighing a total of approximately 3.15 carats are approximately FG color, VS clarity.

Lot 484 - An important ruby ​​and diamond ring (top view).
Lot 484 – A substantial ruby ​​and diamond ring (top view).

Lot 484 – A substantial ruby ​​and diamond ring – estimated between $1.3 and $2.0 million, is the next highlight of the sale, sold to benefit a charitable foundation.

Lot 484 - An important ruby ​​and diamond ring (side view).
Lot 484 – An important ruby ​​and diamond ring (side view).

Ring size 6, platinum ring stamped PT950 for Platinum is designed like a flower, with an octagonal mixed cut ruby ​​weighing 8.80 carats as its centerpiece, surrounded by five overlapping petals at the edges and set with round white diamonds. The prons and piping along the edges of the petal are 18k yellow gold. The ruby ​​is a bright, slightly purplish red, very slightly embedded with silk and a small fingerprint at one corner of the board. Total weight of the diamonds on the petals estimated at approximately 2.40 carats. GH color and VS clarity.

AGL report no. 1121665 dated March 18, 2022 indicates that the ruby ​​is of Burmese origin, with no trace of heating.

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