On 10th November, Christie’s in Geneva will auction over 400 unique and important pieces of jewellery in their ‘Magnificent Jewels’ sale. This is not the only auction that the House runs over the course of the year – there are also regular jewellery sales in London at the Kings Street and South Kensington branches – but Christie’s jewellery curators save the most outstanding fine jewellery and precious gemstones for the auctions in Switzerland.
There is just over a week to go before these extremely valuable lots are auctioned off; there is jewellery which belonged royalty, such as a string of natural pearls worn by the Queens of Italy, Margarita and Elena, and unique gems, including a natural Burmese sapphire weighing 118.88 carats and the world’s largest cushion-cut pink diamond, weighing 16.08 carats. There are also a number of iconic and recognizable pieces by famous jewellery houses which will impress even the most discerning collectors.
I may not be a collector, but that has not stopped me putting together my own top five list comprising the lots that are, in my opinion, some of the most outstanding jewels. I wonder: will your list be the same as mine? KP
11 November – Jewellery, South Kensington, London
2 December – Important Jewels, King Street, London
Estimate: on request
Estimate: USD 23,000,000 – 28,000,000
Estimate: USD 380,000 – 550,000
Estimate: USD 969,594 – 1,479,907
Estimate: USD 816,500 – 1,020,625