Bonhams Presents Two Online Sales Featuring Gemstones and Mineral Decor

Los Angeles – This month Bonhams Natural History department will present two distinct online sales, The Zen Garden: Mineral Decor for the Home and Garden, August 19 – 30, and Gemstones and Exotic Gemstone Jewelry, August 19 – 29. With more than 200 lots overall, The Zen Garden sale will feature a significant private single-owner collection of self-collected mineral works primarily from California's Death Valley and Palm Desert, as well as a number of scholar rocks dating back as far as the Qing Dynasty. Of particular note is a large, free-form orange calcite monolith contemplation stone on a Chinese carved custom-fitted wooden base, estimated at $10,000 – 15,000. Nearly seven feet tall and approximately 1,300 lbs., the colossal monolith is contour polished in order to dramatically contrast the orange hue with its black veining.

Highlighting the scholar's rocks featured in the collection is a Qing Dynasty Taihu limestone scholar's rock on a fitted hardwood stand and naturally weathered with crags and crevices, estimated at $4,000 – 6,000. Chinese scholar stones are naturally occurring and selected for their ability to reflect nature based on four essential criteria - thinness, openness, perforations, and wrinkling. Common in the gardens of rulers and scholars throughout Chinese history, the stones are used for contemplation purposes.

Running simultaneously, the Gemstones and Exotic Gemstone Jewelry sale will offer a range of incredible gemstones that can be utilized to craft unique pieces of jewelry as well as already expertly crafted pieces. A highlight of the gemstones in the sale is a large cushion-cut blue-green tourmaline with excellent luster, estimated at $40,000 - 50,000. In addition, the sale will feature a rope-length necklace comprised of 79 reconstituted turquoise spheres with a bright robin's egg blue hue from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona. It is estimated at $2,000 – 3,000.

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