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12 Highlights in Sotheby’s Upcoming Magnificent Jewels Sale


On June 7, Sotheby’s is hosting its Magnificent Jewels auction in New York. Two pieces in the 95-lot sale are each expected to fetch between $3 million and $5 million: an unmounted, internally flawless pear-shape diamond weighing over 53 carats and a David Morris diamond necklace with nearly 45 carats of sapphires.

Other highlights come from such prestigious names as Van Cleef & Arpels (including the 1929 “Tie” necklace pictured above), Cartier, René Boivin, Graff, Harry Winston, and JAR. As of May 20, Sotheby’s has introduced a simplified commission structure, reducing buyer fees by 26%—and making these pieces that much more accessible.

Here’s a look at a dozen truly exceptional jewels in the sale.

Sotheby's diamond
Unmounted 53.04 ct. pear-shape diamond, estimate $3,000,000–$5,000,000
David Morris necklace
David Morris necklace with 11.37 ct., 7.40 ct., 7.35 ct., 6.85 ct., 6.73 ct., 2.70 ct., and 2.40 ct. cushion-cut sapphires and oval, pear-shape, and marquise diamonds, estimate $3,000,000–$5,000,000
Lavender Dream ring
Lavender Dream ring with 3.36 ct. oval fancy intense pinkish purple diamond and epaulette-shape diamonds, estimate $1,000,000–$1,500,000
Cartier ring
Cartier ring with 14.51 ct. cushion-shape sugarloaf cabochon sapphire and baguette diamonds, estimate $800,000–$1,200,000
Van Cleef necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1929 “Tie” necklace (also pictured at top) with variously cut diamonds, estimate $800,000–$1,200,000
Graff necklace
Graff necklace with 16.06 ct. emerald-cut diamond, 0.4 ct. pear-shape diamond, and 1.3 cts. t.w. bezel-set round diamonds, estimate $700,000–$1,000,000
Boucheron earclips
Monture Boucheron earclips with 7.34 ct. and 7.33 ct. detachable pear-shape diamonds, 1.15 ct., 1.06 ct., 1.01 ct., and 0.91 ct. marquise diamonds, and 2.45 ct. and 2.07 ct. pear-shape diamonds, estimate $480,000–$580,000
Brown pink diamond ring
Ring with 10.13 ct. heart-shape fancy brown-pink diamond, estimate $350,000–$550,000
Van Cleef ring
Van Cleef & Arpels ring with 7.43 ct. octagonal emerald and round diamonds, estimate $420,000–$520,000
Van Cleef zip
Van Cleef & Arpels “Zip Antique Festons” necklace, convertible to bracelet, with approximately 101 cts. t.w. round diamonds, estimate $300,000–$500,000
Bulgari necklace
Bulgari necklace with round diamonds, estimate $120,000–$180,000
Rene Boivin brooch
René Boivin brooch with pear-shape, oval, and round pink tourmalines, amethysts, and round emeralds, estimate $60,000–$80,000

(Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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