Heritage brings the bling with Dec. 12 Holiday Fine Jewelry auction

Fancy Vivid pink 1.03-carat pear-shape diamond ring, estimated at $150,000-$200,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Fancy Vivid pink 1.03-carat pear-shape diamond ring, estimated at $150,000-$200,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – The holidays are meant to sparkle, so Heritage Auctions’ Holiday Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction, set for Monday, December 12, wouldn’t be complete without a trove of shimmering diamonds. Of course, the sale delivers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the noteworthy pieces on offer are a fancy vivid pink diamond ring centered on a 1.03-carat pear-shaped pink diamond and estimated at $150,000-$200,000; a diamond and platinum ring with an emerald cut featured stone weighing 5.51 carats, estimated at $150,000-$200,000; and a Neiman Marcus Fancy Yellow diamond ring with an 11.94-carat yellow diamond from the estate of Fort Worth, Texas, philanthropist Mildred Fender. This last has an estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Also bringing shine to the auction are jewels by sought-after designers. “This sale is chock-full of important designer name-branded jewels from Andrew Grima, one of the most influential British jewelers of the 1960s-70s, to Verdura, a premier name in fine jewelry circles,” said Heritage Auctions’ Executive Director of Fine Jewelry Jill Burgum.

Druzy agate, diamond, platinum and 18K gold brooch-pendant by Andrew Grima, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions


Druzy agate, diamond, platinum and 18K gold brooch-pendant by Andrew Grima, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The Andrew Grima lots in the auction come from the Pittsburgh estate of Harvey and Ruth Wagner. The Wagners collected contemporary American paintings, many of which now hang in museums across the country, and also built one of the most comprehensive collections of Aboriginal art outside of Australia.

The couple’s jewelry collection is equally artistic and includes several designs custom made for them by Grima, the only jeweler to have been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design. The Wagner collection also includes a striking druzy agate, diamond, platinum and 18K gold creation Grima made for his wife, Joanne, who later sold it to the Wagners. Both a brooch and a necklace, the piece, which has an estimate of $8,000-$10,000, exhibits Grima’s signature abstract and organic style and was featured in the Goldsmiths Hall London Collection brochure, dated 1966.

Verdura 18K gold and diamond bracelet, estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Verdura 18K gold and diamond bracelet, estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The auction also features several designs by Verdura, the celebrated jewelry house founded by Duke Fulco di Verdura, who designed pieces for the likes of Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Among the offerings is an 18K gold bracelet adorned with approximately 18.00 carats of emerald cut diamonds, which is estimated at $50,000-$70,000. The bracelet was custom made by Verdura in 1965 for actress Jean Howard, who appeared in the 1931 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies. In addition to being a Ziegfeld girl, Howard was a contract player at MGM, the wife of movie superagent Charles K. Feldman and a professional photographer.

 

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