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Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and lapis lazuli 10-motif Alhambra necklace, estimated at $29,000-$35,000

Greet spring with fresh designer jewelry, watches and bags, March 28

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and lapis lazuli 10-motif Alhambra necklace, estimated at $29,000-$35,000

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and lapis lazuli 10-motif Alhambra necklace, estimated at $29,000-$35,000

NEW YORK – A vintage black Hermes Birkin handbag, a Christian Dior necklace, and a 10-motif Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace will battle for top-lot status at Jasper52’s Designer Jewelry, Watches, and Bags auction, which will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 5 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

Spring has most definitely sprung, and the 647-lot lineup boasts many fine and wonderful pieces that take the form of glittering blossoms. Van Cleef & Arpels contributes no fewer than five flower brooches in variations that showcase white coral, mother-of-pearl, 18K yellow or rose gold, pink sapphires and diamonds. Christian Dior contributes a ring that depicts an 18K gold bee perched on the petals of an oxblood coral rose, while an antique Faberge flower-form ring features 18K gold and diamonds.

Other treasures in this garden of jewelry include a Mikimoto ring that places a Tahitian South Sea pearl at the center of a flower formed from petals of platinum decorated with diamonds; a vintage Cartier flower brooch in 18K gold, diamonds and rubies; a delicate-looking Henry Dunay Calla Lily brooch in gold, diamonds and quartz; and a head-turning Tiffany & Co. flower pendant in 18K gold, opal, black jade and mother of pearl, strung on a necklace of freshwater pearls.

Christian Dior 18K gold, diamond and sapphire bow necklace, estimated at $6,000-$7,000
Christian Dior 18K gold, diamond and sapphire bow necklace, estimated at $6,000-$7,000

Highlights from the March 28 auction are led by a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace with 10 of the distinctive four-leaf-clover-shaped motifs rendered in 18K gold and lapis lazuli. The necklace comes with a service paper from a Van Cleef & Arpels store in New York City and a box, and it carries an estimate of $29,000-$35,000.

Another compelling necklace comes from Christian Dior and has an estimate of $6,000-$7,000. Fashioned from 18K gold, it sports a bow-shaped pendant at its center that is graced with eight round brilliant cut diamonds of VVS1 clarity and E color, together weighing .30 of a carat, and oval sapphires that weigh half a carat.

Hermes Birkin 35cm black garance Epsom handbag from 2002, estimated at $11,000-$13,000
Hermes Birkin black garance epsom bag from 2002, estimated at $11,000-$13,000

The final highlight is a Hermes Birkin 35cm handbag in black garance epsom leather, dating to 2002. The lot notes describe its exterior as having “Some very small scuffs, hard to see. Edges are in pristine shape. Bag is [in] generally great condition. Hardware in great condition. Feet scratched,” and its interior as “Intentions natural with wear. Otherwise, great.” The vintage black Hermes Birkin is estimated at $11,000-$13,000.

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