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?
11 November – Jewellery, South Kensington, London
2 December – Important Jewels, King Street, London
D – COLOUR INTERNALLY FLAWLESS 50.48 CTS PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND
Estimate: on request
16.08 CTS CUSHION-SHAPED FANCY VIVID PINK DIAMOND – THE LARGEST AT AUCTION
Estimate: USD 23.000.000 – 28.000.000
A BELLE ÉPOQUE ENAMEL AND DIAMOND TIARA, BY CHAUMET
Estimate: USD 380.000 – 550.000
A UNIQUE DIAMOND ‘HAPPY DIAMOND’ WRISTWATCH BY CHOPARD WITH A 2.62 CTS PINK DIAMOND AND A 1.48 CT BLUE DIAMOND
Estimate: USD 969.594 – 1.479.907
A 19TH CENTURY NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH, CIRCA 1870
Estimate: USD 816.500 – 1.020.625