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8 Highlights From Bonhams’ California Jewels July Sale


International auction house Bonhams is hosting the latest iteration of its California Jewels sale on July 18, at Bonhams’ Los Angeles outpost. Comprising over 320 lots, the auction will include both contemporary and vintage jewels, many of them signed pieces from prominent private estates.

“We are honored to offer important jewels in our forthcoming California Jewels auction, especially those from curated private collections featuring impressive diamonds and gold statement pieces,” said the director of Bonhams’ jewelry department, Emily Waterfall, in a statement. “The lots offered highlight craftsmanship from leading names in jewelry that will entice jewelry aficionados and collectors everywhere.” Among these names are legacy jewelers such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co. (including a few Schlumberger designs), David Webb, Mario Buccellati, Piaget, and more.

Below is a look at eight pieces in the auction, several of which are from the art deco period (including a 1925 carved agate desk clock by Cartier) and have the same appeal today as they did then.

Tiffany necklace
Schlumberger for Tiffany bow tie necklace in 18k yellow gold, estimate $8,000–$12,000
Art deco bracelet
Art deco bracelet in platinum with 32 cts. t.w. oval and pear-shape sapphires and 9.5 cts. t.w. round, baguette-, and marquise-shape diamonds, estimate $20,000-$30,000
Cartier ring
Cartier ring in platinum with a 3.89 ct. cut-cornered rectangular step-cut diamond, estimate $40,000–$80,000
David Webb brooch
David Webb Frog brooch in 18k yellow gold and platinum with oval ruby cabochon eyes, round diamonds, and enamel, estimate $9,000–$12,000
Tiffany bracelet
Tiffany & Co. X bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 1.5 cts. t.w. diamonds, estimate $2,200–$3,200
Cartier clock
Cartier desk clock (circa 1925) with carved banded agate body, black enamel and mother-of-pearl face, and carved onyx and coral studs, estimate $8,000–$12,000
Buccellati bracelet
Mario Buccellati bracelet (also pictured at top) in 18k bicolor gold with 4.5 cts. t.w. oval sapphire cabochons, rose-cut diamonds, 1.6 cts. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, estimate $15,000–$20,000
Piaget watch
Piaget manual wind wristwatch (circa 1970) in 18k gold with lapis lazuli and nephrite, estimate $10,000–$15,000

(Photos courtesy of Bonhams)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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