LOS ANGELES — Just in time for the holidays, John Moran Auctioneers will present its Winter Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction on Wednesday, December 7, beginning at 10 am Pacific time. Having more than 370 lots, the selection will include jewelry, timepieces, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and gold. The first half of the auction will offer gemstone and diamond classics, and the timepieces presented include works by Gerald Genta, Cartier, Rolex and Patek Phillippe. In addition, a small collection of antique jeweled seals and boxes will be featured. The second half of the sale includes large group lots of gold and gemstone jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The December 7 sale is all about diamonds — all shapes, sizes, qualities and price ranges. The highlight is a pair of diamond earrings that once belonged to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne Girardi. Moran’s is offering these earrings on behalf of the trustee through a court-ordered sale.
Coming off the white-glove auction titled the Property from the Thomas and Erika Jayne Girardi Residence, John Moran Auctioneers, in partnership with ThreeSixty Asset Advisors, is pleased to present these diamond earrings previously owned by Erika Jayne. Thomas Girardi, Jayne’s estranged husband, purchased the earrings in 2007 at a retail value of $750,000. Molly Burns Keith G.J.G., jewelry director at Moran’s, stated, “The earrings are near colorless and have very nice clarity. The settings are delicate and well-made and show the true fire of the stones. They were found in really good condition and, according to the recently obtained GIA reports, each stud is over six carats, making the combined total more than 12 carats.” The pair of princess-cut diamond stud earrings is set in 14K white gold mountings and comes with a GIA report dated October 20, 2022. It carries an estimate of $250,000-$300,000.
The diamond selection will also include a pair of diamond cluster ear clips. These beauties, estimated $30,000-$40,000, are made with 14 pear-shape and marquise-cut diamonds totaling 10.69 carats and 12.7 grams, set in platinum and 18K white gold.
This sale does not lack for diamond necklaces. Leading the selection is an example having 96 round full-cut diamonds graduating in size, with the center diamond weighing 2.29 carats. Valued at $30,000-$40,000, the necklace is set in 18K white gold and has a combined diamond weight of 29.31 carats.
Along with diamonds, the auction lineup delivers an array of other gemstones such as emeralds, amethysts, rubies, tanzanites, tourmalines and sapphires. Particularly notable is a Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring, estimated at $30,000-$40,000. The sapphire weighs 11.30 carats and is flanked on both sides by two half-moon brilliant-cut diamonds.
A standout among the more than 30 lots of timepieces is a Rolex President wristwatch from the mid-1980s. Designed with a circular champagne tapestry dial with gilt baton hour markers, day-date apertures, baton luminous hands, and an 18K gold case and bracelet, this piece is valued $10,000-$15,000.
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