CHICAGO – A timeless selection of sophisticated jewelry will highlight Hindman’s September 13 Important Jewelry auction, offering designs for every level of collector. A Harry Winston diamond ring featuring a 7.40-carat pear shape diamond is the top lot, carrying an estimate of $225,000-$325,000. The sale has pieces made in pre-Victorian times to present day, including jewelry by top designers such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Jean Mahi, Evelyn Clothier and Sabbadini. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Given that Harry Winston was called the King of Diamonds, it might not come as a surprise that a diamond ring from the designer, featuring a Type IIa D color pear shaped diamond, is the most highly-anticipated lot. Winston’s jewelry is known internationally for its exceptionally high quality. He was the last owner of the Hope Diamond, which he famously donated to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Jewelry by Cartier will also be offered, led by a diamond ring with a 4.20-carat pear shape diamond, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. A Cartier diamond brooch, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, is another excellent option.
Other diamond rings that are expected to see high demand are a gold and diamond ring estimated at $70,000-$90,000 and a ring containing a 4.02-carat round brilliant cut diamond, estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Additional standout lots include a spectacular pair of diamond stud earclips that has an estimate of $70,000-$100,000.
In addition, Hindman will present a colorful selection of brooches from the personal collection of Evelyn Clothier. Known for her Art Nouveau-inspired designs, Clothier is an award-winning jewelry designer whose pieces could be seen for years at Bergdorf Goodman’s. Using vibrant gemstones, iridescent enameling and the plique-a-jour technique, she creates whimsical creatures and delicate flowers represented in her Treasures from the Garden collection. Among the selection of four brooches that will be offered are an agate and diamond dragonfly brooch, estimated at $12,000-$18,000, and a diamond and sapphire dragonfly brooch, estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
“I admire and collect Japanese cloisonne, made by melting ground colored glass into small cells surrounded by wire to create incredible shaded flowers and fauna,” Evelyn Clothier said, speaking about how she developed the collection. “Some of it has no backing so the light will show through, creating plique-a-jour. Influenced by the magical Art Nouveau design, I began to make jewelry of butterflies, grasshoppers and peacocks using 18K gold and platinum with pearls, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that would imitate the reality of treasures from my garden.”
Rounding out the selection of notable lots are a Piaget gold and tiger’s eye watch that boasts a gold nugget motif flexible link bracelet. Its estimate is $18,000-$28,000. With no shortage of rings to be offered, additional significant designs are a bold Burmese sapphire and diamond ring, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, and a yellow diamond ring with an 8.74-carat brilliant cut diamond, estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
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