Auction Alert: 186 Jewels at Phillips New York

Between yesterday’s Magnificent Jewels sale at Sotheby’s and a well-stocked high jewelry affair kicking off at Phillips tomorrow, this is a really good week to be in New York if you tend to score big when shopping for jewelry at auction.

Phillips, a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th- and 21st-century art and design, holds auctions and exhibitions in salesrooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong. The New York sale starts at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6, and those who wish to preview the lots have an opportunity to do so in person today.

A few highlights worth noting:

  • A ring with a 19.4 ct. Kashmir sapphire center stone (estimate: $400,000–$600,000)
  • An important fancy intense blue diamond (estimate: $600,000–$800,000)
  • A Bulgari necklace composed of Burmese rubies and diamonds that’s circa 2000 but could have been something Richard Burton dropped into Liz Taylor’s Christmas stocking (estimate: $120,000–$180,000).
  • There’s a companion online-only jewelry auction happening concurrently including this emerald and diamond ballerina ring, this emerald-cut, 21.65 ct. aquamarine ring (a look that’s very in demand, thanks to Meghan Markle), and these Buccellati beauties that are already seeing a bit of action. The estimates are pretty modest, too.
  • Proceeds from the sales of Lots 47–51 will be donated directly to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development.

And, just in case anyone needs stocking stuffer ideas for me…

Lot 12

Phillips Auction Patek Philippe pocket watch
Antique open-face keyless cylinder pendant watch in green guilloche enamel with rose-cut diamond in 18k yellow gold, circa 1985, Patek Philippe

Lot 14

Phillips auction Tiffany opal necklace
Arts and Crafts opal and gold necklace, Tiffany & Co.

Lot 23

Phillips auction Tiffany opal ring
Opal and diamond ring in platinum, Tiffany & Co.

Lot 30

Phillips auction Cartier earrings
Amethyst, turquoise, and diamond earrings in 18k yellow gold and platinum, Cartier

Lot 47

Phillips auction diamond necklace
Necklace with 28 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white gold

Lot 50

Phillips auction diamond bracelet and ring
Diamond bracelet and ring in 18k white gold

Lot 58

Phillips auction omega watch
Bracelet watch with rhodochrosite face in 18k yellow gold, 1971, Omega

Lot 75

Phillips auction David Webb bracelet
Carved coral cabochon and diamond bracelet in 18k yellow gold, David Webb


Lot 77

Phillips auction bulgari ruby necklace
Necklace with 39.35 cts. t.w. Burmese rubies and 6 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold and platinum, circa 2000, Bulgari

Lot 89

Phillips auction vintage citrine necklace
Citrine, diamond, and onyx necklace in 18k yellow gold

Lot 104

Phillips auction Sterle Paris necklace
Necklace in 18k gold and platinum with diamonds, circa 1955, Sterlé Paris

Lot 113

Phillips auction Verdura bead necklace
Necklace with aquamarine beads and cultured pearls in 18k yellow gold, Verdura

Lot 153

Phillips auction yellow diamond necklace
Necklace with 19 cts. t.w. yellow diamonds and 4 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold


Top: Lot 59, ring in 18k yellow gold with 4.85 ct. green tourmaline and 1 ct. t.w. diamonds, Cartier

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