Diamonds dominated at Hindman’s Important Jewelry auction

8.14-carat heart-shape diamond ring, $337,500

8.14-carat heart-shape diamond ring, $337,500

CHICAGO – Hindman’s December 13 Important Jewelry auction turned in a stellar performance. Overall, the sale realized more than $3.37 million.

An antique Russian gold and diamond necessaire realized $275,000 against an $8,000-$12,000 estimate. The necessaire has a maker’s mark of A.W. Holmstrom, attributed to the Faberge workshop. It measures 3 by 2 ¼in and contains a sewing kit. It was consigned from the prominent Midwest collection of the Pamela K. Hull Trust of Chicago, and it was the standout of the sale. The Hull estate had a 100 percent sell-through rate.

Antique gold and diamond necessaire, $275,000

Antique gold and diamond necessaire, $275,000

“We are thrilled with our success in selling the Hull estate, made even sweeter by the high result achieved for this antique Russian golden egg,” said Director & Senior Specialist of Jewelry & Watches Sally Klarr. “It is rare to have a piece from the last Tsar’s era, potentially made in the famed Faberge workshop. While documentation is scarce for Faberge items, it’s safe to say the buyer agreed with our attribution.”

Emerald cut 8.12-carat diamond ring, $118,750

Emerald cut 8.12-carat diamond ring, $118,750

A heart-shape 8.14-carat diamond ring, which realized $337,500 against a $125,000-$175,000 estimate, was the top lot of the auction. Additional top-performing diamond rings included two featuring emerald cut diamonds, one weighing 8.12 carats and the other weighing 6.41 carats. The 8.12-carat diamond ring, offered as lot 77, realized $118,750, nearly doubling its high estimate. The 6.41-carat diamond ring, which appeared as lot 101, sold for a strong price of $81,250. A round cut 3.48-carat diamond was another highlight that realized $87,500.

Emerald cut diamond ring of 6.41 carats, $81,250

Emerald cut diamond ring of 6.41 carats, $81,250

Colored gemstones were also highly sought-after in the December 13 auction. Significant examples included an impressive 25-carat unheated Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring that earned $75,000 against a $20,000-$40,000 estimate. Also, an alexandrite and diamond ring sold for $22,500. “Weighing approximately four carats, this gem has an excellent green to red color change,” said Senior Specialist of Jewelry & Watches Ruth Thuston.

Green-to-red color-changing alexandrite ring, $22,500

Green-to-red color-changing alexandrite ring, $22,500

Highlights also included a collection of colored diamonds plus one white diamond, which realized $37,500, a sum well above its $4,000-$6,000 estimate.

 

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