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Christie's Geneva Jewel Auction to Highlight Diamonds, Pearls

Oct 27, 2014 3:59 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Christie’s Geneva will conduct its fall sale of magnificent jewels on November 11, featuring more than 390 lots. The jewelry auction is estimated to achieve a sales total in excess of $80 million.   The auction is led by a pair of ear pendants by Bulgari, pictured, set with a 6.95-carat fancy vivid blue diamond and a 6.79-carat fancy vivid pink diamond, with a presale estimate of between $12 million and $15 million.  bulgari

Rahul Kadakia, the international head of Christie’s jewelry, said,  “With one of the largest and most important sapphires in the world from private hands, a Bulgari masterpiece, iconic Cartier jewels from the Duchess of Windsor, natural pearls that were once in the collection of Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and Empress Eugenie’s Feuilles de Groseillier brooch, Christie’s Geneva is proud to present the finest and best jewels in the world on November 11.”

Christies will offer the fourth largest faceted sapphire in the world, the Blue Belle of Asia, a 392.52-carat cushion-shaped ceylon sapphire, with a presale estimate of between $7 million and $10 million. The stone was discovered in 1926 at Pelmadula, Ratnapura.  In addition,  The Queen of Burma ring (pictured below)  will be offered with a presale estimate of between $5.5 million and $7 million, featuring  a 23.66-carat, vivid pinkish-red ruby that was mounted by Cartier.

Additional highlights include a pear-shaped very light pink diamond necklace of 40.48 carats with a presale estimate of between $3.5 million and $5.6 million and seven jewels by JAR, some of which were recently on display at the "Jewels by JAR" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, including the "Gardenia," the "Parrot Tulip" cuff and a pair of diamond string ear pendants.

queen rubyImportant pearls offered by Christie's Geneva included a piece formerly in the collection of Rothschild, an Art Deco diamond necklace suspends two natural pearls of great quality and exceptional luster, measuring 16.0mm each for a presale estimate of between $700,000 and $1 million. The sale will also feature a pair of diamond ear pendants with two magnificent drop-shaped natural pearls, weighing more than 100 grains each with a presale estimate of between $2.8 million and $3.5 million.

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