Antique & Estate Jewelry / Sales

9 Highlights From Hindman’s May Important Jewelry Auction


Hindman’s latest Important Jewelry sale is just around the corner. On May 16, the Chicago-based auction house (one of the largest in the States) is offering jewels from prominent estates and private clients across the country.

The pieces—from such maisons as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura—represent a range of styles and periods, from antique to art deco to contemporary. A 5 ct. diamond ring is expected to fetch the highest price, with an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. Below are a few additional highlights from the sale, including an iconic Scarf necklace by Francesca Amfitheatrof for Tiffany, a couple of signature David Webb designs, a Van Cleef 55-diamond watch, and a Cartier letter opener–meets–timepiece.

Diamond ring
Ring in platinum with a 5.03 ct. cushion brilliant-cut diamond, estimate $150,000–$200,000
David Webb bracelet
David Webb horse bracelet in platinum, gold, and enamel with 3.4 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds and 1.8 cts. t.w. oval cabochon rubies, estimate $35,000–$55,000


Cartier bracelet
Cartier art deco bracelet in platinum with 15–20 cts. t.w. old European-, single-, baguette-, and bullet-cut diamonds, estimate $30,000–$50,000
Van Cleef watch
Van Cleef & Arpels “Pont des Amoureux” watch in 18k white gold and grisaille enamel with 55 round brilliant-cut diamonds and alligator strap, estimate $70,000–$90,000
Tiffany necklace
Francesca Amfitheatrof for Tiffany & Co. Scarf necklace (also pictured at top) with 16.84 cts. t.w. square modified brilliant-cut diamonds and 3.51 cts. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, estimate $40,000$60,000


Cartier letter opener
Cartier art deco letter-opener watch in silver and yellow gold with agate, lapis lazuli, and enamel, estimate $8,000–$12,000
David Webb necklace
David Webb necklace in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 2.2 cts. t.w. brilliant-cut diamonds, azurmalachite, and round cabochon rubies, estimate $25,000–$35,000
Verdura brooch
Verdura winged brooch in 14k yellow gold and platinum with 0.75 ct. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimate $8,000–$10,000
Evelyn Clothier necklace
Evelyn Clothier necklace in platinum-plated 18k gold with 3 cts. t.w. old European- and single-cut diamonds and a South Sea pearl, estimate $12,000–$18,000

Bidding for the live auction begins at 10 a.m. Central time/11 a.m. Eastern.

(Photos courtesy of Hindman)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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