Sparkling sapphires and dazzling diamond rings dominated the top lots in the Fine Jewelry sale at Bonhams headquarters in London yesterday (5th December) which made a total of £5,284,100 (US$8,644,539).
The top lot was a magnificent 14.07 carat diamond single stone ring by David Morris which sold for £446,600 (US$714,400 or $50,700 per carat). The cushion-shaped diamond ring, with GIA certificate stating that the stone is G color, VS1 clarity, was secured by a bidder on the telephone who fended off strong interest from the other telephones and the saleroom floor. The diamond ring was part of the collection of best-selling author, Barbara Taylor Bradford and was given as birthday present to Barbara by husband Robert – "When you wear this, you don't need any other jewelry," Robert told her.
The second highest price achieved was for an impressive cushion-shaped sapphire ring by Boucheron, weighing 31.26 carats, which quadrupled its pre-sale estimates as it sold for £422,500 (US$676,000 or $21,600 per carat).
An art deco sapphire ring weighing 6.22 carats realized £350,500 (US$ 560,800 or $90,000 per carat). The stone is accompanied by reports from Gubelin and SSEF stating that it is of Kashmir origin.
Other highlights in the sale were exquisite yellow diamonds. A yellow diamond ring by Graff nearly doubled its pre-sale estimate selling for £200,500 (US$320,000 or $34,000 per carat). The yellow diamond weighs 9.37 carats and is set between heart-shaped colorless diamonds.
A fancy-intense yellow diamond ring in a four-claw setting, set between baguette-cut diamond shoulders and weighing 12.36 carats, sold for £194,500 (US$311,200 or $25,100 per carat).
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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