Jewels that stand the test of time are typically characterized by great stones or great design. The New York sale of Magnificent Jewels this April features many such jewels, including an array of white diamonds and period Cartier designs offered from a distinguished family collection. What makes the diamonds in this magnificent collection special is that they possess beauty, charm and character as they were cut for candlelight many years ago. Highlighting the diamonds are two pear-shaped stones, both D color with the rare type IIa classification, one weighing 20.74 carats in a pendant mounting, the other 15.31 carats and set in a stylish jabot pin by Cartier. A selection of fancy colored diamonds is also presented in the sale and is led by a magnificent marquise-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ring and a fancy vivid yellow diamond set in a whimsical "bee" motif mounting by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. With its classic shape, generous size and perfect D color, a magnificent emerald-cut diamond weighing 30.52 carats has significant appeal.
Collectors will find top quality precious gemstones of every color including an exceptional Colombian emerald mounted by Harry Winston, a beautiful Burma ruby set in a 1920's Chaumet brooch, and a lively Burma sapphire certified "royal blue". Complementing such remarkable gems, the sale this April also features beautiful signed jewels made by leading jewelry designers both past and present. On the catalogue cover we showcase an elegant pair of diamond, sapphire and emerald hoop earclips by JAR, the most creative jeweler working today. Another highlight is a Modernist bangle-bracelet/clip made by Raymond Templier in the mid-1930s that is equally stunning and innovative.
As a whole, the jewelry offered in New York this April will spark the imagination of collectors seeking quality and rarity in diamonds and colored stones, as well as the breadth of period and signed jewels that can only be found at auction.