Jean Ghika, Bonhams Director of Jewellery for UK & Europe, adds: “December is the most wonderful time of the year to buy diamonds and we are delighted to have such an excellent choice of coloured and colourless diamonds on offer for our last sale of the year. Always classic, never out of fashion and extremely wearable, they make a perfect gift and an important addition to a jewellery collection.”
Signed jewellery from world renowned designers up for auction
Pieces from Verdura, Harry Winston and Boucheron will also feature in the sale. Highlights include:
- An Important Diamond Ring by Harry Winston, New York, circa 1968, estimated at £180,000-250,000. The marquise-cut diamond, weighing 7.73 carats, is F colour, VVS1 clarity. Part of the proceeds of the sale of this lot will be donated to the Women’s Cancer Center at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy.
- A Nephrite and Gem-Set Cuff by Verdura. The wide nephrite cuff highlighted by a Maltese cross decorated with an oval cabochon ruby between cabochon pear-shaped amethysts, circular-cut citrines and half pearls, is estimated at £10,000 - 15,000.
- A Black Jade and Gem-Set Cuff and Earclip Suite by Verdura. The wide black jade cuff is applied with cabochon emeralds and sapphires, half pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds. A pair of earrings finishes off the suite which is estimated at £12,000 - 15,000.
Andrew Grima jewellery collection up for auction following September sale success
Hot on the heels of Bonhams hugely successful white glove sale for Grima designed jewellery in September, the auction house is delighted to present a collection of 12 remarkable lots in its December sale. Highlights include:
- An 18 Carat Gold and Diamond ‘Super Shell’ Necklace by Grima, 1972. Exhibited at the ‘Grima Retrospective’ in May 1991, the “Pacific textile”, also known as “cloth of gold”, cone shell, wrapped in textured yellow gold with brilliant-cut diamond detail, suspended from a gold torque, is estimated at £10,000 - 15,000.
- An Amethyst and Diamond Ring by Grima, 1969. The cabochon amethyst is set within an engraved 18 carat gold mount with brilliant-cut diamond highlights, and has a pre-sale estimate of £4,000 - 6,000.
- A Diamond-Set ‘Key’ Brooch/Pendant by Grima, circa 2002. Andrew Grima collected antique keys. He copied one of the keys from his collection to make this textured openwork ‘key’ brooch. Held by a brushed ‘ribbon’ with brilliant-cut diamond highlights, this is a unique one-off piece and is estimated at £4,000 - 6,000.
- A Gold, Diamond and Tourmaline ‘Sticks and Stones’ Necklace by Grima, 1973. Also exhibited at the ‘Grima Retrospective’, the elongated pendant set with a tourmaline crystal, terminating in a watermelon tourmaline ‘slice’, polished on one side, mounted in 18 carat textured yellow gold, with brilliant-cut diamond detail, suspended from a yellow gold torque, is estimated at £4,000 - 6,000.
Appetite for Kashmir sapphires remains strong
Sapphires originating from Kashmir have performed extremely well at Bonhams in 2017. For the festive season ahead, Bonhams is offering an elegantly designed Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Ring for sale. The cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 3.89 carats, between baguette-cut diamond shoulders, is estimated at £60,000 - 80,000. It is accompanied by a report from SSEF stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.
Details and full information on all 123 lots featured in the sale can be found here http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24174 Bids can be placed online on Bonhams’ website www.bonhams.com, via telephone, in writing, and also in person on the day of the sale.
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