IF YOU ARE TOO POOR TO FORK OUT RM 220 MILLION OR SO FOR THE BLUE MOON DIAMOND, THE QUEEN MARIA JOSE RUBY RING MAY FIT YOUR BUDGET AT A MERE RM 35 MILLION.
THESE ARE ESTIMATED PRICES AND MAY BE MUCH LOWER OR HIGHER BY THE TIME THE GAVEL FALLS SO DON'T HOLD ME TO THE PRICES.
EST RM 220 MILLION
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS & NOBLE JEWELS Sotheby’s Geneva Auction on 11 November 2015 Presents
At 12.03 Carats, the Largest Cushion-Shaped Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ever to Appear at Auction Internally Flawless Clarity ● Truly Outstanding Colour
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
A superb Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond weighing 8.24 carats estimated at RM 65 million
Rare Noble and Signed Jewels
Sotheby’s upcoming Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels will include finest quality examples in every category of jewellery, led by the superlative Blue Moon Diamond, a 12.03-carat stone boasting internally flawless clarity and truly outstanding colour.
The sale on 11 November will also offer further exceptional coloured diamonds, precious jewels combining illustrious provenance with the most highly coveted physical characteristics and signed jewels displaying the finest design and workmanship of houses including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet and JAR.
Looking ahead to the sale, David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, commented: “The superb “Blue Moon Diamond”, named for its utter rarity, is a simply sensational gem of truly extraordinary colour and perfect purity.
"We are also thrilled to be offering the unique “Queen Maria-José Ruby Ring” – of sumptuous “pigeon’s blood” colour and with a fascinating royal provenance – not to mention an absolutely superb fancy vivid purple-pink diamond weighing 8.24 carats.
"In addition to diamonds and coloured gemstones of the highest order, the upcoming sale includes three captivating tiaras with noble provenance, as well as a wonderful ensemble of signed jewels from the world’s greatest designers.”
● LEADING HIGHLIGHTS ●
THE BLUE MOON DIAMOND
EST RM 220 MILLION
Among the world’s largest known fancy vivid blue diamonds, this exquisite stone weighs 12.03 carats and has been graded Fancy Vivid Blue – the highest possible colour grading for blue diamonds - by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
The cushion brilliant- cut stone also boasts exceptional clarity, having been declared Internally Flawless by the GIA.
The rough diamond which yielded the Blue Moon was discovered by Petra Diamonds (owners of the famous Cullinan Mine in South Africa) in January 2014.
The magnificent rough was purchased through a competitive tender by New York-based Cora International, considered one of the world’s leading firms specializing in cutting large and important diamonds. Cora has cut and polished the Blue Moon – a highly skilled and complex process which took over six months.
The Blue Moon Diamond’s name refers to the expression ‘once in a blue moon’, which is used to describe something which happens only extremely rarely. The stunning diamond comes to the market with an estimate of CHF 34.2 – 53.7 million ($35-55 million) (LOT 513).
THE QUEEN MARIA-JOSÉ RUBY RING
EST RM 35 MILLION
This exceptional ruby and diamond ring was formerly part of the personal collection of the last Queen of Italy, Maria-José (1906- 2001). The superb jewel has impeccable provenance: it was a gift from Italian bibliophile Tammaro de Marinis on the occasion of Maria-José’s wedding to Crown Prince Umberto in 1930.
The captivating ring is set with an exquisite Burmese ruby weighing 8.48 carats, with no evidence of heat treatment, boasting the most sought-after hue for rubies: “pigeon’s blood”.
According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), “Any Burmese ruby in excess of 5 carats is considered very rare even today; thus, in the nineteenth century, one such as this – being over 8 carats and such a fine colour – would have been held as truly exceptional.” (LOT 504, Estimate: CHF 5,860,000 - 8,780,000 / USD 6,000,000 – 9,000,000).
EST RM 65 MILLION
Among the other leading highlights of the upcoming sale are a superb fancy vivid purple- pink diamond ring weighing 8.24 carats of exceptional colour (LOT 509, Estimate: CHF 12,150,000 – 16,000,000 / USD 12,500,000 – 16,500,000) and an extraordinary yellow diamond ring weighing 22.43 carats.
EST RM 6 MILLION
The stone has been graded “Fancy Vivid Yellow” by the GIA, with VS2 Clarity (LOT 495, Estimate: CHF 1,270,000 – 1,560,000 / USD 1,300,000 – 1,600,000).
From the beautiful jewellery collection of the late Dolores Sherwood Bosshard comes a magnificent emerald and diamond necklace, designed by Harry Winston in 1959.
EST RM 16 MILLION
This stunning piece showcases the legendary jeweller’s bold, innovative designs and superior workmanship.
Furthermore, the jewel is mentioned in “Harry Winston, the Ultimate Jeweller” (1984) by Laurence S. Krashes (LOT 512, Estimate CHF 1,960,000 – 3,920,000 / USD 2,000,000 – 4,000,000).
● FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE ●
The selection of coloured diamonds to be presented in November also includes a sublime fancy orangy-pink diamond pendant, which comes directly from the celebrated actor Sir Sean Connery.
EST RM 10 MILLION
The briolette-shaped stone weighs 15.20 carats and boasts VS2 Clarity (LOT 505, Estimate: CHF 1,170,000 – 2,340,000 / USD 1,200,000 – 2,400,000).
The romance of diamonds is embodied in two exquisite heart-shaped colourless stones, both of them D-colour – the highest possible grading for white diamonds.
EST RM 15 MILLION
The first, weighing 53.53 carats, is illustrated right (LOT 490, Estimate CHF 4,570,000 – 5,850,000 / USD 4,700,000 – 6,000,000); the second weighs 27.07 carats (LOT 486, Estimate CHF 2,430,000 – 3,900,000 / USD 2,500,000 – 4,000,000).
Alongside the stunning “Queen Maria-José Ruby Ring” and the magnificent emerald necklace by Harry Winston, November’s sale will also feature a superb sapphire and diamond ring weighing 16.40 carats.
EST RM 11 MILLION
Both the Gübelin Gem Laboratory and the American Gemological Laboratories have certified that the gemstone shows no evidence of heating and is from Kashmir – whose mines have yielded the most sought-after sapphires in the world (LOT 510, Estimate CHF 1,750,000 – 2,730,000 / USD 1,800,000 – 2,800,000).
JEWELS WITH NOBLE PROVENANCE
EST RM 16 MILLION
Having belonged to Viscountess de Courval, born Mary Ray (1835- 1901), this exquisite tiara from the second half of the 19th century is adorned with diamonds, which in turn are surmounted with eleven slightly baroque drop shaped natural pearls.
According to the Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF), “assembling a matching selection of natural pearls of this size and quality is very rare and exceptional.” (LOT 500, Estimate : CHF 1,950,000 – 3,890,000 CHF / USD 2,000,000 – 4,000,000).
This striking tiara by Cartier is made of blackened steel and decorated with rows of diamonds; its rarity adds to its resolutely modern style.
EST RM 2.8 MILLION
This fabulous wedding gift was originally one of a series of five Cartier diadems of the same type – but featuring different motifs – made between 1912 and 1915 (LOT 499, Estimate: CHF 500,000 – 700,000 / USD 520,000 – 720,000).
Designed as an open work Greek key band set with diamonds and with an outer border of pearls, this tiara lies at the centre of a fascinating story. Ordered from Cartier by Canadian ship owner Sir Hugh Montagu Allan around 1909, it was part of the jewellery collection of his wife Lady Marguerite Allan (1873-1957).
EST RM 1.5 MILLION
FINE SIGNED JEWELS
Three exceptional jewels by Cartier combining diamonds, onyx and a touch of emeralds will no doubt capture the attention of collectors in November.
The “Sherkan” suite is composed of a bangle designed as a tiger with an articulated head, a ring featuring the head and paws of a similar great cat and a brooch showing a tiger stealthily moving along a branch of diamonds.
EST RM 7 MILLION
Suspended from the brooch is a briolette fancy vivid yellow diamond weighing 5.05 carats, with VS1 clarity (LOT 489, Estimate: 1,170,000 – 1,700,000 / USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000).
The autumn sale will also include three captivating pairs of ear clips by JAR, considered one of the most talented jewelers of his generation.
EST RM 3 MILLION
The first, of bombé design features two sugarloaf cabochon sapphires within a mount pavé-set with diamonds (LOT 508, Estimate: CHF 490,000 – 780,000 / USD 500,000 – 800,000).
EST RM 1 MILLION
The second pair is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds of brown tint each clip featuring at its centre a stunning octagonal spinel (LOT 442, Estimate: CHF 146,000 – 246,000 / USD 150,000 – 250,000).
EST AROUND RM 1 MILLION
Finally, a third pair boasts striking scroll motifs set with green beryls, green tourmalines and diamonds (LOT 491 Estimate: CHF 146,000 – 245,000 / USD 150,000 – 250,000).
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS & NOBLE JEWELS
Sale Sotheby’s Geneva, Tuesday 11 November 2015 Hôtel Beau-Rivage 13, quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva tel. +41 22 908 48 00