Colourful jewels from Bulgari, Winston and others make a statement at Bonhams New York

A Prominent Private Collection of Fine Jewellery
15 Apr 2013
New York

NEW YORK — Bonhams will offer a Prominent Private Collection of Fine Jewellery on April 15 at the Madison Avenue saleroom. Amassed over several decades, the 82 lot collection exudes the confidence and glamour of its owner, a noted philanthropist and an undisputed member of the 'jet set'.

"The collector of these jewels is a woman of great taste and distinguished style, who had personal relationships with a number of jewellers, including Harry Winston, Bulgari, Sabbadini and David Webb. She collected beautiful pieces of excellent quality to wear and enjoy," explained Susan Abeles, Bonhams US Head of Jewellery. "We are honoured to offer this exceptional collection."

Bold colour characterises the collection, exemplified by an eye-catching Bulgari ring set with a rectangular brilliant-cut natural fancy intense yellow diamond weighing 21.07 carats and mounted in eighteen karat gold (est. $550,000-750,000). The ring pairs excellently with a Bulgari coloured diamond bracelet composed of twenty-two rectangular diamonds, total weight 46.83 carats, in eighteen karat gold (est. $200,000-300,000).

The sale also includes an emerald and diamond Bulgari bead necklace, which is as notable for its gorgeous uniform green colour as it is for the 104 carefully graduated emerald beads that make up its masterful composition (est. $200,000-300,000). A Sabbadini necklace and earclip set from 2003 daringly alternates between graduated coral beads and faceted emerald beads, giving this unforgettable ensemble an equally striking palette (est. $25,000-35,000).

Key pieces central to the owner's renowned personal style will also be offered. Her favourite piece of jewellery, an eighteen karat gold and ancient coin Bulgari necklace from Rome was a wardrobe staple (est. $15,000-20,000). Also up for auction will be her signature Bulgari eighteen karat gold and diamond minaudiere, circa 1965 (est. $10,000-15,000). Accompanied by a rainbow of colourful tassels, this purse regularly accompanied her to elegant evening soirees.

"This beautiful collection speaks to the fashion of the times, when the owner paired her jewels with couture by Valentino, Hermès, Bob Mackie, and Bill Blass," said Virginia Salem, Director of the Jewellery Department at Bonhams in New York.

Other highlights include a pear-shaped diamond solitaire ring weighing 7.04 carats, D colour, VS1 clarity, and signed Winston (est. $250,000-350,000), a pair of Harry Winston diamond earclips (est. $60,000-80,000), a beautifully crafted diamond Cartier Maillion Panthere bracelet (est. $50,000-70,000), and two South Sea cultured pearl necklaces by Bulgari (est. $25,000-35,000 and $20,000-30,000).

Additionally, the owner's fine Swiss enamelled gold duplex watch made for the Chinese market (est. $40,000-60,000) will be offered in the Fine Watches & Wristwatches sale in New York on June 18.

This Prominent Private Collection of Fine Jewellery will be auctioned on April 15 at Bonhams New York. The collection will preview March 17-19 in London at Bonhams New Bond Street, March 22-24 at Bonhams San Francisco, April 5-7 at Bonhams Los Angeles, and April 11-15 at Bonhams New York.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available in the coming weeks at


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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