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Bonhams To Auction George and Charlotte Shultz’s Personal Trove of Jewels

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There aren’t many people in the world who can claim they’ve rubbed elbows with world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II, but George and Charlotte Shultz were among the lucky few. But politics and practices aside (Shultz was the former secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan and also held four various cabinet roles under three different presidents), one thing that defined these moments were the jewels Mrs. Shultz donned. On May 23, the couple’s personal collection will become available (open for bidding now) in a dedicated sale, Style and Substance: The Collection of George and Charlotte Shultz, at Bonhams New York, which includes over 200 jewels, with more than 70 of which are by Tiffany & Co.

“George and Charlotte Shultz had an incredible love story that was celebrated in the fabulous jewelry they bought together,” Emily Waterfall, director of jewelry for Bonhams Los Angeles, tells JCK. “She had an extraordinary jewelry box, but two necklaces are absolute showstoppers: the Hedges and Rows and the Scarf necklaces from Tiffany & Co. [shown below] are two of the most sought-after and wearable designs by one of the most important jewelry designers of the last century: Jean Schlumberger. He was known for his glorious masterpieces for Tiffany, capturing the wonder of nature in vibrant gemstones. His dreamy and playful designs have been worn by the most stylish women in the world, from the Duchess of Windsor to Elizabeth Taylor and from Jackie Kennedy to Charlotte Shultz. Bonhams is thrilled to be presenting this extraordinary collection.”

Below are a few highlights from the sale.

Schlumberger for Tiffany diamond necklace
Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. Hedges and Rows necklace in platinum and 18k gold with 26.6 cts. t.w. round diamonds, turquoise cabochons, and cushion-shape yellow beryl, estimate $150,000–$200,000
Schlumberger for Tiffany diamond emerald and sapphire scarf necklace
Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. Scarf necklace in platinum and 18k gold with 14.4 cts. t.w. round diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires, estimate $100,000–$150,000
Schlumberger for Tiffany diamond and turquoise earrings
Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. earrings in 18k gold with turquoise cabochons and 1.7 cts. t.w. round diamonds, estimate $6,000–$8,000
Schlumberger for Tiffany diamond and gold earclips
Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. Multiplication ear clips in 18k gold with 2.85 cts. t.w. diamonds, estimate $3,000–$5,000
Late 19th century floral brooch
Late-19th century floral brooch in silver and gold with old mine–cut and rose-cut diamonds, estimate $4,000–$6,000
Chanel diamond and pearl necklace
Chanel necklace in 18k white gold with white, golden, and gray cultured pearls, and diamonds, estimate $1,800–$2,200

Top: George and Charlotte Shultz (photos courtesy of Bonhams)

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By: Annie Davidson

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