CHRISTIES GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS
10 November 2015
Featuring over 400 lots, Christie’s Geneva auction of ‘Magnificent Jewels’ on November 10 will present jewels with prestigious provenances, exceptional diamonds, rare coloured stones, top quality natural pearls and signed jewels.
The PINK, a 16.08 carat diamond and the largest cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond at auction, will be offered for sale with an estimate of CHF 21-27 million (US$23-28 million). In the realm of natural colored diamonds, those of a distinct pink hue are the most sought-after among gem connoisseurs. While most pink diamonds exhibit a color modifier like purple, orange, brown or grey, the PINK shows absolutely no trace of a secondary color, making it exceedingly rare and attractive, an exceptional gem.
Amongst the jewels with the most prestigious provenances, a fabulous emerald and diamond fringe necklace, circa 1810, has belonged successively to the Orléans family in France, the Aosta family in Italy and was finally part of the Cholmondeley collection in England. The exceptional quality of the emeralds and the delicate craftsmanship, typical of the early 19th century, shows obvious resemblance with the jewellery made during the First Empire, by Nitot or Bapst, for Empress Josephine. It is estimated CHF 1,450,000-2,400,000 (US$1,500,000-2,500,000)