Bonhams Spring Salon Jewelry sale abloom with shimmering gems

San Francisco–Bonhams San Francisco is buzzing with excitement about the selection of Spring-friendly jewelry on offer at its quarterly Salon Jewelry & Watches auction, March 25 in San Francisco. A leading lot of the sale will be a diamond pavé-set bee brooch with ruby eyes, estimated at $5,000-7,000, the perfect complement to a light blazer.

Botanic brooches are also on offer, such as a diamond and ruby brooch mounted in platinum, estimated at $3,000-5,000; a ruby and diamond bouquet brooch mounted in eighteen karat and fourteen karat bicolor gold, estimated at $2,200-3,200; and a coral, emerald and diamond rose bouquet brooch - composed of rose-bud carved coral and leaf-shaped carved emeralds, accented by a ribbon of diamonds, mounted in eighteen karat gold and platinum, estimated at $2,000-3,000.

Lynne Arkin, Fine Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams San Francisco, says of the sale: "Our spring collection is very pretty and interesting, and offers a wide variety of rings, brooches, necklaces and bracelets to capture everyone's attention and to satisfy everyone's tastes."

Floral inspired design also springs up in a pair of diamond and eighteen karat gold flower earclips by Van Cleef & Arpels, estimated at $1,200-1,500; a retro ruby, diamond and eighteen karat bicolor gold covered dial bracelet wristwatch, estimated at $3,000-5,000; and a pair of diamond foliate motif day/night earrings, mounted in fourteen karat bicolor gold, estimated at $2,250-3,250.

Rich green hues stand out in various pieces on offer, such as a pair of enamel and eighteen karat gold earclips by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., estimated at $1,200-1,500, and a diamond, sapphire and emerald wide chain ring mounted in eighteen karat gold, estimated at $6,000-8,000.

In concert with this Year of the Snake, the Salon Sale offers a small, but choice collection of snake themed jewelry, including a diamond and demantoid garnet snake brooch with ruby eye, mounted in silver-topped eighteen karat gold, estimated at $3,500-4,000, and a diamond and sapphire snake bangle bracelet by Leo Pizzo, estimated at $4,000-6,000.

Alongside the auction, Bonhams will hold its Period Art and Design auction with jewelry, primarily comprised of estate jewelry and watches, writing instruments, decorative art and furniture. Two of the jewelry items on offer will include a gentleman's English citrine intaglio and 18k gold ring, estimated at $1,500-2,000 and an interesting gold-mining themed Alaskan motif charm bracelet of nephrite jade, gold nugget and 10k gold, estimated at $1,500-2,000.

The illustrated catalogs and more information for both sales will be available online in the weeks preceding them at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20907/ and www.bonhams.com/auctions/20906/.

Salon Jewelry & Watches auction preview: March 22-24, San Francisco and March 15-17, Los Angeles
Salon Jewelry & Watches auction: March 25, San Francisco, simulcast in Los Angeles
Period Art & Design auction preview: March 22-24, San Francisco
Period Art & Design auction: March 24, San Francisco


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