Antique & Estate Jewelry / Sales

Highlights From Bonhams’ Upcoming California Jewels Sale


On Feb. 22, British auction house Bonhams is looking west for its California Jewels sale. With 244 lots, the sale includes signed pieces from such luxury houses as Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. and jewels from the personal collection of the late philanthropist Peggy Cravens.

Cravens, who was known as an activist for higher education and for her charitable efforts in Palm Springs, Calif., was timelessly stylish, acquiring a collection of unique pieces that are also incredibly wearable. The proceeds from her 20 lots in the Bonhams sale will benefit charities she supported.

“We are excited to start 2023 with our California Jewels sale that has some extraordinary jewels to capture everyone’s imagination, from exquisite high-carat diamonds and statement cuffs to the more classic and refined pieces that never go out of style,” Emily Waterfall, the Los Angeles director of the Bonhams jewelry department, said in a statement.

Below are select highlights, including a 6.09 cts. diamond ring, a 44.95 cts. t.w. diamond necklace, and bracelets from Cartier and David Webb.


Bonhams diamond necklace
Necklace in platinum with 44.95 cts. t.w. graduated baguette diamonds, estimate $50,000–$70,000
Bonhams Verdura cuff
Verdura bracelet in 18k gold with wood, cabochon rubies, cabochon emeralds, round cultured pearls, and approximately 2.4 cts. t.w. round diamonds, estimate $18,000–$22,000
Bonhams diamond ring
Ring in 18k white gold with 6.09 cts. type IIa marquise-shape diamond and 4.3 cts. t.w. round diamonds, estimate $140,000–$200,000
Bonhams Tiffany bracelet
Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. (circa 1981) bracelet in 18k gold with coral and aventurine inlay, estimate $8,000–$12,000
Bonhams diamond bracelet
Bracelet in platinum with 29.6 cts. t.w. marquise-shape, baguette, and round diamonds, from philanthropist Peggy Cravens’ collection, estimate $22,000–$28,000
Bonhams Cartier cuff
Cartier Panthère de Cartier bracelet (also pictured at top) in 18k gold with pear-shape emerald, estimate $6,000–$8,000
Bonhams David Webb bracelet
David Webb bracelet in platinum and 18k gold with 16.1 cts. emerald-cut aquamarine and round diamonds, estimate $8,000–$12,000

(Photos courtesy of Bonhams)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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