Decadent floats, sugary King Cake and endless purple, green and gold beads can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras. On 9 February, the city of New Orleans will come to life as it celebrates the annual holiday. Whether you are joining a Krewe or are on the hunt for jewels to accompany your mask, Sotheby’s has a bauble to complement all Mardi Gras traditions. Featuring upcoming lots and highlights from past sales, here are nine of our most festive glittering gems.

LAUNCH SLIDESHOW

Fine Jewels

15 March 2016 | London

Magnificent Jewels: Starring the Shirley Temple Blue Diamond

19 April 2016 - 20 April 2016 | New York