NEW YORK – Christie’s has auctioned some of the world’s most celebrated and important jewels in its 253-year history. Continuing that legacy, a sparkling selection of premier colorless and colored diamonds will lead Christie’s April 16 auction, with a concurrent Jewels Online sale running from April 10 through 17 and 18. The fully illustrated catalogs for both days of the Jewels Online sale are now available to view and enjoy on LiveAuctioneers.
A broad array of fine jewels and iconic designs by Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels has been chosen for the Jewels Online sale. Headlining the event is Part Two of The Private Collection of Stuart and Cindy Tietze-Hodosh, one of the world’s largest and best-known collections of Mexican jewelry.
The demand for colored diamonds of highest quality remains very strong internationally. An especially fine suite offered in the online sale (shown at top) features a Fancy Intense Yellow 1.12 carat diamond pendant surrounded by diamonds, and a matching pair of earrings, each with a central diamond identical to that of the pendant. Each piece is set in 18K yellow gold. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.
A stunningly beautiful David Webb set of Tiger Lily jewelry consists of a brooch and earrings styled as spotted enamel tiger lilies in full bloom with 29 round diamond accents. Made from 18K yellow gold and platinum, each piece is artist-signed. The set comes with a David Webb earring pouch and box, and is expected to make $7,000-$10,000 at auction.
Of special mention amongst the timepieces are two ladies’ watches by Van Cleef & Arpels. One of them, known as the “Secret Miroir Des Eaux” watch, is created from 18K white gold with a mother-of-pearl case and dial. Its design incorporates 113 round diamonds with a total approximate weight of 2.5 carats. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. The second of the two is an 18K yellow gold retro-style diamond and sapphire bracelet with a diamond-set cover that opens to reveal a watch. This most ingeniously designed piece has a substantial feel and custom look. It is entered in the sale with a $6,000-$8,000 estimate.
Also by Van Cleef & Arpels, an 18K gold “Vintage Alhambra” link necklace is designed with 10 turquoise quatrefoil “Alhambra” stations and measure 42cm in length. It has a VCA signature and a French gold assay mark and other marks. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000
An example of Bulgari’s peerless quality, an 18K gold spring cuff bracelet features geometric links and round diamond accents that weight 2.00-2.50 carats in total. Bearing the BVLGARI signature and an Italian registry mark, the 65.2-gram bracelet is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Designed by Bailey Banks & Biddle, a platinum pin designed as an American Flag is set with approximately 102 French-cut rubies, 130 old-cut diamonds, 12 rose-cut diamonds, and 20 calibre-cut sapphires. A 2.82mm seed pearl serves as the finial on top of the diamond-studded “flagpole.” Marked BB&B, it is expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.
Highlighting Part Two of The Private Collection of Stuart and Cindy Tietze-Hodosh are 33 lots of superlative Mexican bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings designed by Antonio Pineda (1919-2009). One of Taxco’s greatest and most innovative silversmiths, Pineda charted a modernist course for jewelry with designs that were both bold and imaginative in their use of various gemstones. Two bracelets offered in the Jewels Online sale embody Pineda’s outside-the-box thinking in an especially eye-catching way. A “Birdcage” bracelet boasts large amethyst cabochons and vertical onyx bars, while a hefty cuff bracelet is set with rows of silver and amethyst cones within a silver latticework frame. Each of the bracelets is estimated at $800-$1,200.
Bidding has now opened on all lots in Christie’s Jewels Online sale and will continue through April 17 and 18.