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Inside Bonhams’ Upcoming New York Jewels Sale


On May 23, international auction house Bonhams is presenting its New York Jewels sale. With over 200 lots, including some from the estate of Jane Ecclestone Chapin, “the forthcoming New York jewelry sale has something for every jewelry connoisseur—from impressive diamonds to wearable signed gold pieces, alongside colorful period jewels and bold contemporary designs,” said Bonhams’ director and head of jewelry in New York, Caroline Morrissey, in a statement.

“The standout lot,” says Morrissey, is a 6.22 ct. fancy pink radiant-cut diamond ring. It comes from “the important collection of an international lady,” according to Bonhams’ website. Below is a closer look at the headlining pink diamond ring and other highlights—a Van Cleef & Arpels multicolored sapphire necklace convertible to a bracelet; a Cartier ring with a 5+ ct. diamond, Fabergé cigarette cases from the estate of Hélène Irwin Crocker Fagan, and a Cartier brooch with diamonds and rubies.



Van Cleef suite
Van Cleef & Arpels necklace (convertible bracelet) and earring suite in 18k gold with 55 cts. t.w. oval blue, yellow, and pink sapphires, and 7.8 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $30,000–$50,000
Cartier ring
Cartier ring in platinum with a 5.06 ct., 1.08 ct., and 1.09 ct. Ashoka-cut diamonds and 2.75 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $150,000–$200,000
Faberge cigarette case
Fabergé cigarette case (circa 1908-1911) in gold and enamel with pink chalcedony and rose-cut diamonds, estimate $90,000–$120,000
Cartier brooch
Cartier art deco clip brooch in platinum with 4 cts. t..w. old and single-cut diamonds and rubies, estimate $25,000–$35,000
Faberge case
Fabergé cigarette case (circa 1908–1911) in platinum, gold, and enamel with rose-cut diamonds, estimate $40,000–$50,000
Bonhams pink diamond ring
Ring (also pictured at top) in platinum with 6.22 ct. fancy pink radiant-cut diamond and 1.7 cts. t.w. trapezoid and round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $800,000–$1,200,000

(Photos courtesy of Bonhams)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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