Christie’s Auction Preview Reveals Magnificent Jewels

There was a fellow standing on the beach, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, seeing water as far as he could see to the left, to the right, and straight ahead. After a moment of deliberation, he said: “I really thought it would be bigger.” After visiting the preview for Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction on April 25, I find that I am that fellow. The auction billing was correct. It was full of magnificent jewels. One showcase held a collection of several exquisite art-deco enamel boxes. Another case contained a matched pair of square-emerald-cut diamond earrings, 25 cts. each. In a third case was a jaw-dropping diamond and pearl necklace created by the 100-year-old Indian design firm Bhagat. Its center was an old-style-cut pear-shape diamond weighing 13.31 cts., and it was accented by diamonds in rose cuts, briolettes, and faceted beads as well as a seed-p

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