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Jewelry Highlights from Christie’s Lord and Lady Weinstock Sale


Known as one of the most visionary businessmen of the late 20th century, Lord Arnold Weinstock is credited for transforming the General Electric Company (GEC) into one of the most lucrative companies of the postwar period. Naturally, he met his wife, Lady Netta Weinstock (née Netta Sobell) through business—she was the daughter of Sir Michael Sobell, who later merged his company, Radio and Allied Industries, with GEC—and the couple married in 1949. Throughout their marriage, they acquired a collection of fine art, furniture, jewels, and even racehorses—but Lady Weinstock’s passions always lay with fine jewelry, particularly that of Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as a tiara here and there for more formal dinner parties that she often attended.

And now, Christie’s is offering Lady Weinstock’s fine jewels, alongside nearly 300 pieces from the couple’s personal collection—Old Master paintings, English and European furniture, and other works of art—in its Nov. 22 sale, The Collection of Lord and Lady Weinstock. While one of the pieces, an antique 100 ct. diamond rivière necklace, is set to be sold in Geneva in the Magnificent Jewels sale on Nov. 8, below are a few highlights from this sale that will hopefully inspire a life as luxurious as a Lady’s.

Van Cleef necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels necklace that converts into four bracelets in gold with coral and chrysoprase cabochons, signed, circa 1970s, estimate $28,443–$39,821; Christie’s
Van Cleef bracelet
Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet in gold with chrysoprase beads, circa 1970s, estimate $9,102–$13,653; Christie’s
Van Cleef earrings
Van Cleef & Arpels Cosmos earrings in gold with circular-cut sapphires and diamonds, estimate $9,102–$13,653; Christie’s 
Diamond necklace
Necklace in platinum and gold with rectangular step-cut diamonds and baguette-cut diamonds, circa 1965, estimate $79,642–$91,020; Christie’s
Piaget watch
Piaget lady’s wristwatch in gold, estimate $2,275–$3,413; Christie’s

Top: A choker necklace with a detachable, collapsible pendant bail in silver and gold with old cushion-shape diamonds and four strands of cultured pearls, estimate $22,755–$34,132; Christie’s

Photos courtesy of Christie’s

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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