Dazzling blue diamonds and historic pearls among highlights of Bonhams Fine Jewellery Sale

Fine Jewellery
18 Sep 2013
London, New Bond Street

Historic and rare jewels including blue diamonds, exquisite natural pearls and pioneering Cartier designs

An outstanding collection of historic and rare jewels including blue diamonds, exquisite natural pearls and art deco pieces will be offered in the Fine Jewellery sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 18th September.

(lot 135) A pair of striking art deco natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings (circa 1925), valued at £150,000 - £200,000 are one of the highlights of the sale. The exceptionally large natural saltwater pearl drops, capped with rose-cut diamonds are suspended in a diamond set chandelier pendant. The extraordinary size of these pearls renders the earrings extremely valuable.

(Lot 133) A splendid fancy intense blue diamond ring weighing 1.02 carats, mounted in platinum between radiant-cut diamonds, is offered with estimates of £160,000 - £190,000. Blue diamonds are very rarely seen on the market and fancy-coloured diamonds are among the most valuable and sought-after in the world, accounting for less than one per cent of all diamonds mined. The most celebrated of which, the Hope Diamond has been described as "the most famous diamond in the world".

(lot 134) Other top lots in the sale include fabulous Cartier designed pieces such as a cushion shaped diamond Cartier ring - the spectacular central diamond weighing 7.04 carats is set in platinum between shoulders of brilliant-cut diamonds and is expected to sell for £120,000 - £180,000.

A pioneering and rare art deco shoulder brooch (circa 1922), signed Cartier Paris, is estimated at £25,000 - £35,000. The 'broche poignee' or 'drawer handle' onyx and diamond brooch hanger holds a cascade of onyx hoops connected by diamond buckles that is finished with a tassel of seed pearls. Cartier's designer Charles Jacqueau launched the firm's Art Deco style, inspired by exotic motifs. This brooch typifies Jacqueau's vision.

(lot 18) Another noteworthy lot with an historic past is a necklace of single-row natural pearls offered at £6,000 - £8,000. By family tradition, the pearls in this necklace are said to have belonged to Frances Cromwell (1638-1720), the youngest daughter of Oliver Cromwell. She is pictured above in the painting by John Michael Wright (Glasgow Museums Collection). This necklace, along with the Cromwell family's country home, Chequers, has been passed down through direct descendents of the Cromwell family for generations.

For further information and images call Chloe Ashby on 0207 468 5870, or email chloe.ashby@bonhams.com or press@bonhams.com.


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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