Whimsical lots and dazzling diamonds highlight the Bonhams Fine Jewellery auction

NEW YORK — Bonhams is excited to announce the April 19 Fine Jewellery auction. Featuring a wide variety of alluring pieces whose styles range from classic elegance to whimsical artistry, this diverse sale is certain to appeal to a variety of jewellery collectors. As the first jewellery sale of the year, the Bonhams jewellery department is setting a course for excellent pieces of the finest craftsmanship.

This auction's collection of breathtaking diamond lots includes several large diamond solitaire rings, the star lot among them being a 14.82 carat marquise-shaped diamond solitaire ring (pre-sale est. $250,000 - 350,000). This stunning diamond is flanked by two triangular-cut diamond shoulders, weighing two carats combined, and mounted in eighteen karat white gold. Another diamond highlight is a gorgeous 9.58 carat fancy yellow coloured diamond ring (pre-sale est. $125,000 - 175,000) with two triangular-cut diamond shoulders. A 20.59 carat platinum-mounted diamond solitaire ring (pre-sale est. $120,000 - 180,000) is one of our largest diamonds to go to auction. Other diamond highlights are a marquise-shaped light yellow diamond (pre-sale est. $150,000 - 200,000), weighing 12.38 carats, with triangular-cut diamond shoulders and a slightly more demure 8.46 carat marquise-cut diamond solitaire (pre-sale est. $45,000 - 65,000).

Whimsical items add a charming quality to this auction, a primary example being a Cartier black suede handbag featuring a detachable brooch of a black and red enamel hand holding a gold flower set centering an old European-cut diamond (pre-sale est. $1,500 - 2,500). This beautiful clutch comes from the estate of Hazel Forbes Richmond, a legendary Ziegfeld follies girl, and is accompanied by several pieces of correspondence from Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy. Also with in the theme is a 1960 Cartier extraordinary color-change star sapphire, amethyst, and diamond brooch in the shape of a turtle (pre-sale est. $10,000 - 15,000). The eye-catching central stone is an oval cabochon color-change star sapphire is accentuated by circular-cut amethyst legs, heart-shaped amethyst head, pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds and further single brown diamond detail. Another fancifully designed highlight is a ruby brooch from Tiffany and Co. designed in the shape of a circus seal (pre-sale est. $25,000 - 30,000). Carrying on the whimsical theme, is a diamond and emerald brooch designed by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co in the shape of Bacchus' face (pre-sale est. $20,000 - 25,000). A decorative brooch designed in the shape of a dragon-like mythical figure with textured coral body, pavé-set diamond face, wings and legs, accentuated with cabochon chrysoprase and circular emerald eye (pre-sale est. $5,000 - 7,000) is an exotic and rare piece that is sure to enchant many collectors.

The Bonhams jewellery department is also pleased to feature many unique pieces crafted by masterful jewellery designers of unparalleled artistry. A resplendent eighteen karat necklace and earrings set designed by Lalounis (pre-sale est. $16,000 - 20,000) will certainly be a focus for gold enthusiasts. An abstract eighteen karat gold bracelet from the estate of Stella Wilson (pre-sale est. $7,000 - 9,000) will also surely turn heads. Two beautifully detailed and textural pieces by Stittgen—an eighteen karat gold, aquamarine and diamond pendant necklace (pre-sale est. $8,000 - 12,000) and an abstract eighteen karat gold bangle bracelet (pre-sale est. $8,000 - 12,000)—are great statement pieces. Another highlight is a citrine and peridot brooch (pre-sale est. $4,000 - 6,000) designed by René Boivin in the shape of an opening flower bud.

Other highlights include: two rare turn-of-the-century jewellery books, one of which was owned by legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille (pre-sale est. $5,000 - 7,000); an architectural diamond pendant designed as temple detailed with half-moon, single and baguette-cut diamonds (pre-sale est. $3,500 - 5,500); and an impressive sapphire and diamond pendant (pre-sale est. $30,000 - 50,000) from the Cleveland Museum of Art along with a matching sapphire and diamond ring (pre-sale est. $50,000 - 70,000).

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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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