From antique to contemporary jewellery, colour gemstones are the stars this holiday season at Bonhams Fine and Salon Jewellery sales

Fine Jewellery
12 Dec 2012
New York

New York, NY – On December 12, Bonhams will hold its last two jewellery sales of the year featuring exquisite pieces from a variety of private estates and collection in its Fine Jewellery sale and jewellery for all taste and price points in its Salon Jewellery sale. The two sales will attract both collectors and connoisseurs alike and also will offer brilliant ideas for sparkling holiday gift giving.

Among the many highlights in the Fine Jewellery sale is a Graff pear shaped diamond ring from a private collection. This ring, estimated at $275,000-$350,000, is an exquisite example of a D, IF diamond, among the highest quality for clarity and colour. Also among the top lots is a fancy coloured diamond ring centering a fancy yellow cutcornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond (estimate: $150,000-$200,000).

Another piece attracting attention is a rare and beautiful art deco sapphire and diamond bracelet, circa 1925 (estimate: $100,000-$150,000), designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier. Jacqueau, a pivotal figure in the Art Deco jewellery movement, was responsible for incorporating important gemstones into his technically advanced creations. The bracelet is centred by a 17.20 carat Ceylon (Sri Lanka) sapphire and employs the signature elements found in his innovative work.

Another notable piece with an astonishing gemstone is a diamond and star sapphire ring, featuring a rare Ceylon star sapphire weighing approximately 50.00 carats and exhibiting a fine 6-ray star (estimate: $25,000-$35,000). Collectors also will be vying over the last lot of the sale -- a stunning, emerald cut, fancy intense yellow diamond ring, VS1 clarity, that will attract fierce competition for its quality, rarity and beautifully saturated lemon yellow colour (estimate: $100,000-$200,000).

Jade has always been a timeless classic, never losing its relevancy, and the past few years have seen the market for jade escalate. Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale includes several examples of jade jewellery with highly saturated even colour of a semi-translucent quality from various estates and collections. A jadeite jade and diamond necklace (estimate: $12,000-$15,000) and a jadeite jade and diamond ring (estimate: $15,000- $25,000) are among the highlights.

A selection of wonderful vintage Van Cleef & Arpels pieces will captivate the jewellery aficionado. The first is a diamond, ruby, and turquoise "Clip Danseuse" brooch ($25,000-$45,000), designed as a ballerina with a pear-shaped rose-cut diamond face, her tiara, skirt and bouquet accentuated by circular-cut rubies. A symbol of hope during the war, this brooch from 1943 is part of the "danseuse" series inspired by Louis Arpels's lifelong passion for dance.

From Van Cleef & Arpels 1950s work is a flexible bangle diamond and gold bead "Couscous" bracelet (estimate: $30,000-$50,000) resembling a style made popular by fashion icons such as Jackie Onassis. Van Cleef & Arpels designs from the 1960s are exemplified by a pair of white and blue enamelled bangles with a fresh nautical style (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and a pair of diamond and emerald fresh floral earclips, 1966 (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Another vintage piece on offer is the classic Art Moderne diamond and ruby brooch from 1933 by Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin, designed as a scrolling swirl of pavé-set round brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds and accentuated by cabochon and calibrécut rubies (estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000). This striking brooch with its sculptural form represents the firm's best work of the 1930s. Their bold designs were favoured by screen sirens Marlene Dietrich, Paulette Goddard, and Claudette Colbert who wore them both on and off screen as statements of feminine glamour and audacity. Another renowned jewellery house, Tiffany & Co., is brilliantly represented in Bonhams sale with several examples of fresh modern designs from the last decade, including a sapphire and diamond "Legacy" pendant necklace (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) and several designs by Paloma Picasso.

A lovely antique pearl and seed pearl tiara crafted in Paris c.1880 is a rare example of turn of the century style. In exquisite condition, the piece is over 125 years old and is presented in its original box (estimate: $10,000-$15,000). A classic Oscar Heyman sapphire and diamond necklace composed of a graduated line of cut-cornered rectangular-cut multi-color sapphires, interspersed with round brilliant-cut diamonds (estimate: $55,000-$65,000) will attract jewellery connoisseurs.

Jewelry continues in the afternoon at Bonhams with the Salon Jewellery sale, featuring a selection of jewellery at all price points for collectors and jewellery lovers alike. From antique to contemporary designs a great gift-giving sale for jewellery lovers looking to buy gifts for themselves or their loved ones. For the full auction catalogue and preview hours please visit


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

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