New Delhi: Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on May 11, 2022 will feature a superb selection of historic and modern jewellery, as well as two diamonds considered to be among the most exceptional gemstones to ever appear at auction.
“The Rock” is the largest white diamond ever seen in auction history, weighing 228.31 carats.
The Red Cross diamond is back at Christie’s for the third time since its discovery in 1901. The cushion-shaped intense yellow diamond weighing 205.07 carats was first sold at Christie’s in 1918, when it captivated collectors by being offered as part of the Red Cross Appeal. . The Diamond of the Red Cross lives up to its illustrious history by being offered once again for the benefit of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Max Fawcett, Head of Department, Jewelery, Geneva: “We are delighted to present the Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction led by THE ROCK, the largest white diamond ever offered at auction and a historic moment in the market. At the same time, the legendary Red Cross Diamond, which has supported these enduring trials since its sale to Christie’s Red Cross Appeal in 1918, is offered with a share of the proceeds to be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Along with the finest quality gemstones, jewelry of noble provenance and iconic designs, the auction represents an exciting opportunity for our international collectors this season.”
The Fürstenberg Diadem, Exceptional Diadem in Natural Pearls and Diamonds from the 19th Century
The Fürstenberg tiara, a pearl and diamond tiara bearing the mark of the famous Austrian jeweler Gustav Flach, is among the exceptional tiaras on sale from the 19th and 20th centuries. This exceptional jewel belonged to SAS the Princess of Fürstenberg, born Countess Irma of Schönborn Buchheim (1867-1948), member of one of the most illustrious aristocratic families of the Habsburg Empire. A letter in the F?rstenberg archives, led by jeweler Flach Mediansky & Paltscho, explains how the tiara can be transformed from a full tiara appropriate for Viennese high society balls to a more subdued style of pearls, while that the diamond patterns can be worn as a necklace, a brooch or hairpins.
Emerald and Diamond Belle Epoque Tiara, Attributed to Marzo
A Belle Epoque tiara in emeralds and diamonds attributed to Marzo is also on display. Lorenzo Marzo was born in Spain and moved to Paris in 1901, where he founded his own jewelry brand. His Belle Epoque creations, first on rue Saint-Honor? and later rue de la Paix, are distinguished by their elegance and fashionable taste.
Rosenthal’s superior craftsmanship and passion for innovation and design are exemplified by a sapphire bracelet weighing 27.37 carats and a pair of multi-gem “disc” drop earrings in a large selection of Jewels byJAR. Rosenthal’s work was honored with a retrospective at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013, the first time this honor has been given to a living jeweler. The auction will feature a pair of sphalerite and diamond hard-boiled egg earrings, 2011, which were on display at the exhibition.
JAR Sphalerite and Diamond ‘boiled egg’ earrings, 2011
A Harry Winston necklace with a 40.41-carat Colombian emerald surrounded by pear and brilliant-cut diamonds, an emerald, diamond and gold Bulgari Serpenti watch bracelet, and a pair of Mouawad sapphire and diamond earrings with two cushions. shaped sapphires of 6.54 and 6.24 carats are part of the signed jewelry. A magnificent Cartier Art Deco diamond bracelet will also be on display.
Jewelry online: The Geneva Edit, May 4-18
Christie’s Jewels Online: The Geneva Edit offers a diverse range of fine jewelry and sought-after creations from renowned jewelers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff, Cartier, Boucheron and others. The sale comprises 249 lots with estimates ranging from CHF 400-120,000, offering collectors an exciting opportunity to acquire antique jewellery, bold contemporary designs and vibrant gemstones.
Sapphire and Gold JAR Bracelet, Bulgari Sapphire and Diamond Mouawad Earrings and Serpenti Emerald, Diamond and Gold Watch Bracelet