The sale and achieved a final total of £3,642,375, exceeding pre-sale expectations. Two sapphire and diamond pieces from the 1930s led the auction: a ring, which sold for £112,500, and a bracelet, which sold for £87,500. A fancy intense yellow diamond ring, estimated at £45,000–65,000, sold for £77,500. Further highlights included a ruby and diamond necklace and an emerald ring, which sold for £65,000 and £58,750 respectively.
Sotheby’s is delighted to begin its 2016 year of jewellery sales with the Fine Jewels auction on 15 March in London. Presenting an impressive and curated selection of jewels from the 19th century to the present day, the Fine Jewels sale carries estimates from £1,000 to £60,000.
Buyers will be able to select jewels from legendary European houses such as Van Cleef and Cartier, as well as American makers like Raymond Yard and Marcus and Co. There is a broad selection of diamonds and coloured stones including some impressive Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds, and Kashmir sapphire.
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|62||This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|66||Please note that this lot is being sold with the dagger symbol.|
|77||Please note this piece is dated from the 1940s and not as previously stated in the catalogue.|
|87||Please note the stones are topaz and not aquamarines as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|125||Please note Sotheby's does not guarantee this watch as Piaget.|
|130||Please note that this necklace broke on the view and will be restrung at Sotheby's expense post sale.|
|168||Please note the deficient diamonds have been replaced since the catalogue went to print.|
|178||Please note this lot is currently unmounted and can be remounted post sale at Sotheby's expense.|
|189||Please note the diamond weighs 4.58 carats and not as stated in the catalogue.|
|191||Please note this piece is signed GRAFF LONDON. Please further note that the lot contains rubies, and as such may not be able to be imported into the United States.|
|198||Please note that one cufflink is set with synthetic spinel and synthetic corundum, and not an aquamarine and pink sapphire as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|217||Please note the date of this item should be catalogued as between 1899-1904.|
|223||Please note that one is set as a brooch, one jewel accented with circular-cut diamonds (with no fittings), one pendant and one set as a stick pin.|
|241||Please note that the sapphire weighs 18.83 carats.|
|242||Please note part of the clasp is deficient and would benefit from a jeweller's attention.|
|320||Please note the correct estimates for this lot are 20-30,000 GBP and not 27-37,000 GBP as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|347||Please note this piece is signed Lacloche Frères, numbered, with partial French assay and maker's marks.|