Three world-class diamonds, discovered 300 years apart, dazzled in Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on 15 May. One of the foremost historic diamonds known to man, The Farnese Blue, soared to CHF 6,719,750 ($6,713,837), well above estimate while two highly impressive white diamonds, a 51.71 carat round diamond and a 50.39 carat oval diamond both sold above their high estimates for CHF 9,260,000 ($9,251,851) and CHF 8,131,000 ($8,123,845) respectively. Click ahead to see the full top ten results for the sale. Upcoming Jewellery sales: Jewels Online: An Esteemed Private Collection 17–30 May Jewels Online 5-15 June Fine Jewels 6 June | London Fine Jewels 14 June | Geneva
The selection of beautiful and playful pieces in our online-only sale, An Esteemed Private Collection, celebrates jewellery and fashion tradition, with pieces by the great houses, such as Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari and Buccellati, as well as unique designs by artists and couture jewels by Valentino. Click ahead to view the slideshow. Jewels Online: An Esteemed Private Collection 17-30 May | Online
Beyoncé was in the news this week after donating a ring featuring a butterfly to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The ring was created especially for the star in 2014 by London high jeweller Spiro who said he was ‘delighted’ that the piece had found a home in ‘such a magnificent gallery, steeped in history’. Butterflies, along with dragonflies and bees, also lead the stunning private collection that features in the Jewels Online sale (17–30 May). Click ahead to see some of the highlights with a little inspiration from Beyoncé hit songs… Jewels Online: An Esteemed Private Collection 17–30 May | Online Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum/Jay-Z
Ahead of the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels (15 May, Geneva), Sotheby's Andres White Correal sat down with Carolina Herrera to look at the star pieces from the sale, discuss her approach to personal style and explore the history and legacy of these exquisite jewels. Andres White Correal: As a creative director of one the world’s leading fragrance houses, Carolina Herrera Fragrances, you collaborate with the best creative minds in the world. Where do you draw influence from and what inspires you? Carolina Herrera: Perfumes are ethereal; there's something not concrete about them. Inspiration comes from things that you unconsciously put in your brain. I have an imaginary chest where I store everything, either noise or sounds, words, images…and this is what I draw on for the creative process. It could be a conversation that I have, or a colour I see, and that can return to me later as the inspiration for a scent.
Two highlights from Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on 15 May will be a pair of highly impressive white diamonds, each weighing over 50 carats. Both of the diamonds have Flawless clarity, are D-Colour – the most coveted hue for white diamonds – and belong to the highly rarefied sub-category of Type IIa diamonds, which make up just 2% of gem diamonds and boast the highest optical transparency. The first is a 51.71-carat round, brilliant cut diamond, and the second, similarly perfect, weighs 50.39 carats but is oval. They are both the second largest D Flawless diamond of their shape ever to have come to auction.
Earlier this year to celebrate the first anniversary of its New Bond Street salon, Sotheby’s Diamonds unveiled an exceptionally rare 102.34-carat, white diamond - and the stone has now found a buyer. The only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats that is perfect according to every critical criterion, the stone was purchased for a price per carat, which far exceeds that for any colourless diamond sold at auction. Click ahead to find out more about the diamond.
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