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The Best Pieces From Christie’s 1st Jewelry Auction Of 2022


Christie’s first jewelry auction of the year, Jewels Online, has kicked off—and has some seriously spectacular finds. The sale runs through Feb. 9 and showcases a carefully curated collection of more than 250 lots, ranging from antique and contemporary jewels to objets d’art, and includes pieces from distinguished houses such as Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, and others. Jeweled objects such as clocks, scent bottles, and desk accessories have been pulled from prominent collections such as the Blair family collection, the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Edward Guest II, and the collection of Mimi Adler. With offerings at every price point and many without reserve, there’s something for everyone. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best pieces from the sale.


Cartier art deco nephrite, diamond, and enamel desk clock
Cartier art deco nephrite, diamond, and enamel desk clock

Cartier’s nephrite and white enamel clock with rose-cut diamond hands, silver, and 18k yellow gold (French marks) makes for the perfect art deco desk accent. Numbered and signed by Cartier and European Watch & Clock Co. inc France, the mechanical clock is circa 1930 and expected to sell for between $12,000 and $18,000 without reserve.

Paul Kutchinsky coral, diamond, emerald, and gold bird brooch
Paul Kutchinsky bird brooch in yellow and white gold with coral, diamonds, and emerald 

Signed by the designer, this playful bird brooch is the perfect example of Paul Kutchinsky’s work. Created in 1975, the piece highlights coral plaques for the bird’s beak and claws, an oval cabochon emerald for the eye, and 25 round diamonds (approximately 2 cts.–2.25 cts. t.w.).

Dot Lozenge bangle bracelet
Dot Lozenge bangle bracelet in enamel and gold by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.

Designed in 1965 by French artist Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., this green paillonné enamel and 18k yellow gold Dot Lozenge bangle is among the brand’s roster of iconic pieces. Signed by Tiffany-Schlumberger, it’s expected to sell for up to $18,000.

Oscar Heyman Brothers sapphire emerald and diamond necklace
Necklace (also shown at top) in 18k yellow gold and platinum with emeralds, pear-shape sapphires, and 11–12 cts. t.w. round diamonds by Oscar Heyman & Brothers

One of several pieces in the sale by Oscar Heyman, this delicate emerald, sapphire, and diamond necklace is numbered, has an indistinct maker’s mark, and is estimated to sell for between $30,000 and $50,000.

Cartier art deco aquamarine and diamond hoop earrings
Cartier art deco aquamarine and diamond hoop earrings

Another art deco piece by Cartier, these classic hoop earrings boast 84 old-cut diamonds (approximately 1–1.25 cts. t.w.) and rectangular-cut aquamarines set in platinum. Created in the 1930s, the set is signed by Cartier.

Top: Oscar Heyman & Brothers 18k yellow gold and platinum, sapphire, emerald, and diamond necklace

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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