A Rare Blue Diamond Ring By Van Cleef & Arpels Highlights Bonhams Jewels Sale In New York

New York – Bonhams announces highlights of its upcoming sale of New York Jewels on September 26, featuring exceptional diamonds and colored stones, an array of both antique and modern jewelry, together with signed pieces by the great houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. The sale comprises 144 lots with estimates ranging from $3,000 up to $1.2 million. A highlight exhibition tour will start at Bonhams Los Angeles on September 6-9, then to Bonhams Hong Kong on September 16-18 by appointment only, leading up to the full exhibition at Bonhams New York starting September 21 at noon.

Highlighting the sale is a rare and impressive fancy colored diamond and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels from a private collection (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). Graded Fancy Intense Blue, VVS2 and weighing 2.17 carats, this emerald cut diamond is accented by round brilliant-cut diamonds.

Brett O'Connor, Bonhams Senior International Jewelry Director, comments: "We are excited to present a curated selection of wearable jewelry that speaks to the taste of every collector. The sale comprises rare diamonds to fine Art Deco creations from a number of private collections, including the Estate of Joseph Schildkraut, a German silent film actor."

Top Signed Jewels By Van Cleef & Arpels
The Van Cleef & Arpels section of the sale comprises of 14 lots and captures the spectrum of design of this great jewelry house, including a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats; an impressive and fine carved emerald, pearl and diamond necklace; an attractive oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940.

Diamond Highlights
The sale features a selection of diamonds in a variety of cuts and colors, including a fine unmounted round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 11.11 carats with E color and VS2 clarity; a cushion-shaped modified brilliant-cut Fancy Deep Pink diamond ring weighing 2.42 carats and an impressive Fancy Yellow diamond ring weighing 24.64 carats.

Art Deco
Highlighting the Art Deco section includes a very fine diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, circa 1925, and two lots from the Estate of Joseph Schildkraut, a successful German silent film actor. The first lot is an elegant gentleman's smoking set decorated with diamonds, circa 1925, comprising of a black lacquer lighter and cigarette case signed Cartier NY, and an onyx cigarette holder still containing an original monogrammed cigarette. His father Rudolph, also a silent screen film star, chose this set for Joseph to mark the opening of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on May 18, 1927. The second lot is a diamond and enameled open face pocket watch made by Cartier circa 1925, also monogrammed with Joseph's initials.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.


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