This is some major bling. We were invited to a private viewing event for Christie’s Important Jewels auction before the auction takes place on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 AM. We have always like jewelry. Both of our mothers love to wear jewelry and they both own a lot. We like the beauty, but also like how fine jewelry is made. You need to have quite an intricate construction if you hope to hold onto your massive stones. We also like the history of jewelry. Pieces like we saw at Christie’s auction house have a story. Whether it is suppressed emotions that come out in Victorian jewelry or Hollywood-style sex and glamour that come out from more recent pieces, finding out who wore it, how it was made and why it is being sold is always a great story. The auction contained 125 pieces….some more understated than others. The pictures were all taken from our i-Phone. They aren’t too bad considering they were taken with a phone through glass viewing cases and bright lights. Here are a few photos of our favorite pieces we wanted to share with you. Enjoy!!
This is an emerald and diamond ribbon bow, designed as a cluster of marquise and pear-shaped diamonds and emeralds. The bow is enhanced by calibre-cut emerald detail and is mounted in gold and platinum. The bow is signed by Sabbadini.
$7,000 – $10,000 (or as high as the bidding goes)
This ring is set with a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 10.01 carats, flanked on either side by a pear-shaped diamond, each weighing approximately 1.02 carats mounted in platinum.
$1,100,000 – $1,500,000
This is a diamond, ruby, onyx and gold cuff by Verdura. The wide onyx cuff centering on a sculpted gold plaque, set with cabochon rubies and circular-cut diamonds, mounted in gold. Christie’s research has found that this cuff is the widest onyx Verdura cuff to be offered at auction.
$20,000 – $30,000
This diamond bracelet is designed as an openwork circular and single-cut diamond wide band, set at the center with a graduated series of baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in white gold.
$10,000 – $15,000
Stunner alert! The necklace is set with a graduated series of five cabochon emeralds, each within a circular-cut diamond surround, spaced by circular-cut diamond swags, to the circular-cut diamond scalloped backchain and cabochon emerald clasp (which you can’t see from this photo), mounted in platinum and 18k gold. The ear pendants (not earrings I guess if you are loaded) each suspend a pear-shaped cabochon emerald, within a graduated circular-cut diamond surround, from a circular-cut diamond link, the surmount set with a cabochon emerald, with a circular-cut diamond surround, mounted in platinum and gold.
Necklace $60,000 – $80,000
Ear Pendants $10,000 – $15,000
The star of the show! A diamond ring set with an oval-cut diamond, weighing approximately 46.51 carats, flanked on either side by a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 1.01 carats, mounted in platinum. The catalog from Christie’s says it is the property of a distinguished lady. We’re thinking Elizabeth Taylor’s estate, but who knows??
$2,500,000 – $3,500,000 (wrap it up….we’ll take two)
We hope you liked our little virtual jewelry show. If you can afford a majority of these pieces, please let us know so we can adopt you as soon as possible. It’s fun to do something different and we wanted to share this night with you. Let us know if you would like us to place a bid for you. You can trust us with your cash. Have you ever seen bling like this before in your life?
Is it bad to drool over jewels? That cuff is my favorite. I have small wrists though, I think I’d be terrified of losing it.
Hi Katherine. Welcome to Acorns On Glen. No, jewel drool is cool (how do you like that tacky little rhyme). I like the cuff too. That’s the problem with this type of jewelry..you really can’t wear it without being scared you are going to lose it. Come back and visit us soon.
I’m Rufus’s, aka Greg’s wife, so I see your stuff a lot, just don’t comment, my apologies.:) He needs to make those artichokes!
Glad to finally meet you. You both are some great cooks. You have a great blog….always makes me hungry. Yes, the artichokes are pretty tasty. They don’t last too long so be warned.
Jewerly is absolutely breath taking. So beautiful.
Hi Carolkin. I agree….it is pretty special.
Martko1964, I’m depressed you didn’t get me the ring, but just so you don’t think I’m greedy, the Verdura cuff would have been a lovely consolation prize. Thanks for the fabulous pictures!
Hi Robin. Welcome to Acorns On Glen. You didn’t get the cuff! I better check my FedEx tracker number as soon as possible. Come back and visit soon.