This Christie’s Sale Has Your Valentine Covered (in Jewelry)



If you’re in New York and haven’t completely overextended your budget in Tucson, Tuesday is the last day to preview the latest Christie’s online jewelry auction.

If it helps, more than a few pieces have starting bids at less than $2,000.

Bidding is already underway. Among the more than 300 lots on offer is a selection of jewels that tick off all the traditional Valentine’s Day gift boxes—in the most exquisite form imaginable. Think a bouquet of roses à la JAR,  a “lace” Verdura necklace in lieu of lingerie, and a number of sweet, heart-shape baubles to take the place of chocolate. And when words fail you there are four Cartier love bracelets; one lot is composed of two, should you want to double down on your show of affection.

Here’s a look at some of the “valentines” we’d like to give (or get).

Christies bracelets sapphire and gold
Assorted bracelets, from left: 18k yellow gold and diamond bracelet; 18k gold and platinum geometric bracelet; M. Gérard gold and diamond bracelet; Verdura black jade and gold curb-link bracelet; platinum, diamond, and sapphire bracelet; and Anton Michelsen retro gold bracelet
Christies earrings group
From top: Geranium earrings in aluminum, JAR; 18k yellow gold and diamond heart earrings; René Boivin 18k gold and diamond earrings
Christies floral brooch
Brooch with rubies and diamonds in 18k gold and platinum, Van Cleef & Arpels
Graff diamond heart earrings
Heart-shape earrings in 18k white gold with 5.02 cts. t.w. diamonds, Graff
Jar Rose earrings
Rose Petal earrings in aluminum and 18k gold, JAR
Tourmaline diamond bracelet
Bracelet with inlaid mother-of-pearl and onyx, pink tourmaline cabochon, and diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold
Verdura Lace gold necklace
Lace necklace in 18k yellow gold, Verdura

 

Top: Assorted bracelets, from left: Unsigned 18k gold and diamond cuff; Bulgari; Roberto Coin; Bulgari; Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co.; and Cartier. All are featured in the Christie’s online sale, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day gift shopping. Bids close on lots 1–180 on Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST, and lots 181–360 begin closing Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.

 

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