Pearl Offerings at Christie’s Geneva Sale

Christie’s will hold its 85th jewelry sale in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 13 at the Four Seasons, Hotel des Bergues with a selection of more than 200 lots that includes natural pearls, diamonds, and jewels signed by the renowned jewelry houses throughout Europe from the 1920s to the modern day.

three-row, white natural pearl necklaceAmong the items for sale is a natural black pearl necklace with a diamond clasp by Cartier with an estimated auction price of $130,942 – $196,413. In addition, a three-row white natural pearl necklace on a Cartier clasp (estimate: $109,121 – $165,865).

Other pearl items for sale include a Belle Epoque bandeau set with natural pearls (estimate: $27,931 – $36,660) and a pair of pearl and diamond ear pendants exhibit a triangular geometry characteristic of the Art Deco period to which they date (estimate: $65,464 – $87,265).

Rectangular-cut diamond ring weighing 30.52 cts.Among the diamond offerings is a rectangular-cut diamond ring weighing 30.52 cts. of D color flawless clarity, excellent symmetry and polish, and no fluorescence (estimate on request). Another diamond for sale weighing over 30 carats, is a pear-shaped, D color, internally flawless clarity stone set as a ring by Cartier (estimate: SFr. $2.18 million – $2.6 million).

The sale also includes two diamonds in the 20-ct. range. The first is a 20.46 cts, rectangular-cut, D color diamond ring (estimate: $1.1 million – $1.5 million) which is accompanied by a note from the Gemological Institute of America that this diamond is a Type II a, the ‘Golconda’ type, labeling it as the purest diamond type known. The second is a 20.02 cts. oval-shaped, fancy-vivid-yellow diamond set as a pendant that can be also worn as a brooch (estimate: $2.18 million – $2.6 million).

Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond ‘Pavot’ clip broochThe “mystery setting” technique of Van Cleef & Arpels, developed during the early 1920s and eventually patented by the company in 1933, is on full display with two offerings at the auction. The first is a ruby and diamond ‘Pavot’ clip brooch that appears almost animated with movement (estimate: $78,472 – $104,629). The second is a diamond and sapphire ‘Deux Feuilles’ brooch that curls round at the edges (estimate: $43,592 -$70,000).