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Multicolored sapphire and diamond triple bombe style ring in 18k gold, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

John Moran brings serious bling to Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction, May 24

Multicolored sapphire and diamond triple bombe style ring in 18k gold, estimated at $4,000-$6,000
Multicolored sapphire and diamond triple bombe style ring in 18K gold, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

LOS ANGELES — John Moran Auctioneers will present its spring rendition of its Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction on Wednesday, May 24. The sale, starting at 10 am Pacific time, will feature more than 275 lots of stunning jewelry pieces and an impressive selection of watches. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

One of the most anticipated pieces is a Rolex President Day-Date II watch. Introduced in 2008, the Day-Date II is a contemporary take on a Rolex classic. Displaying bold Roman numerals marking the hour, magnified date display and the weekday written at 12 o’clock, the Day-Date II is a triumph of form and function. This watch, with an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, is precise to the second, minute and hour, and never loses sight of the day or calendar date.

Rolex President, Day-Date II platinum ‘black out' watch, estimated at $30,000-$40,000
Rolex President, Day-Date II platinum ‘black out’ watch, estimated at $30,000-$40,000

There will also be three Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches in this sale. Named after Daytona, Florida, where racing flourished in the early 20th century, this model is a mechanical chronograph wristwatch designed to meet the needs of racing drivers by measuring elapsed time and calculating average speed. One of the examples has a two-tone stainless and 18K gold band and is valued at $20,000-$30,000.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with two-tone stainless and 18K gold band, estimated at $20,000-$30,000
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with two-tone stainless and 18K gold band, estimated at $20,000-$30,000

For those that love a unique, bold look, there will be a MAD Paris custom 18K Cosmograph Daytona. MAD Paris specializes in out-there luxury watch customizations, most notably its Rolexes. Featuring a custom black round face, matte DLC coating, automatic movement, adjustable PVD finish over a two-tone stainless and 18K gold link bracelet, three chronograph sub-dials, index hands, screw-down crown, a MAD open case back, two chronograph pushers and a 45mm case, this watch is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Rolex 18K Cosmograph Daytona MAD custom watch, estimated at $10,000-$15,000
Rolex 18K Cosmograph Daytona MAD custom watch, estimated at $10,000-$15,000

For those that prefer diving to driving, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller will be offered with an estimate of $18,000-$24,000. The Sea-Dweller is a line of diver’s watches manufactured by Rolex that features a gas escape valve. The device allows the helium trapped in the watch while decompressing to be released at a given pressure in a manner that also preserves the watch case’s water resistance.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea Dweller with an original box, estimated at $18,000-$24,000
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea Dweller with an original box, estimated at $18,000-$24,000

The Deepsea model in the May 24 auction can withstand an underwater diving depth of up to 12,800 feet. The Deepsea models come equipped with the brand’s patented Ringlock system, which was designed to provide a higher degree of pressure resistance.

14K white gold ring centered on a round 16.52-carat brilliant-cut diamond, estimated at $150,000-$200,000
14K white gold ring centered on a round 16.52-carat brilliant-cut diamond, estimated at $150,000-$200,000

Highlighting the selection of fine jewelry are diamonds; the main attraction is a 16.52-carat round diamond ring set in 14K white gold, estimated at $150,000-$200,000. The GIA report dated February 10, 2023, stated the stone has M color and VS1 clarity. It is flanked by two cut-cornered step-cut diamonds totaling 0.75 of a carat in combined weight, and each are graded as having J-K color and VS clarity.

Pair of Tiffany & Co. diamond stud earrings, estimated at $5,000-$7,000
Pair of Tiffany & Co. diamond stud earrings, estimated at $5,000-$7,000

A perfect companion to the diamond ring is a diamond line necklace, estimated $12,000-$18,000. This piece, set in 18K white gold, features a 1.07-carat round brilliant-cut diamond and 118 round full-cut and old European-cut diamonds graduating in size, totaling approximately 18.80 carats in weight and each graded I-L in color and SI1-I1 in clarity. There will also be a pair of Tiffany & Co. diamond stud earrings, set with two round full-cut diamonds each gauged in the mounting at 0.96 of a carat and 0.97 of a carat, respectively, and having E-F color and VVS clarity. These earrings carry a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.

18K gold and diamond bracelet, estimated at $5,000-$7,000
18K gold and diamond bracelet, estimated at $5,000-$7,000

Other featured items emphasize gold, as with a gold and diamond bracelet comprised of clusters of textured circular disks further set with 30 round full-cut diamonds totaling approximately 2.75 carats. It will be offered with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. Collectors are sure to be intrigued by a multi-colored sapphire and diamond ring, estimated $4,000-$6,000, as well as a set of high-karat gold jewelry estimated at $3,000-$5,000.

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