Sotheby's Fine Jewels sale showcases stylish signed pieces from famed houses such as Graff, Van Cleef Arpels and Cartier, as well as a sparkling array of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Here we have selected some highlights from the auction, which is open for bidding until 20 May — whimsical pieces inspired by nature, designs from the visionary House of Graff, as well as seven other spectacular reasons why diamonds are indeed a girl's best friend.
A Bejeweled Menagerie
All Creatures Great and Small
For centuries, the animal kingdom has been a muse to jewellers, inspiring some of the most memorable jewels in history. Animal motifs have taken on many themes throughout the years, often in dramatic pieces such as Panthère de Cartier Collection of bejeweled panthers or the Graff pavé-set brilliant-cut diamond turtle with moveable head and flippers. Whether it’s a brooch reminiscent of a darling tropical fish or a sleek alligator nestling in the palm of the hand, there is a piece for every jewellery lover.
Seven Reasons Why They're a Girl's Best Friend
Featuring a spectacular array of diamonds, the sale presents unmounted stones in various cut and color, allowing the buyer to create bespoke jewels as they wish. Rings of colour diamonds and dazzling pendant earrings reflect the refined elegance and classic sensibility of the wearer.
House of Graff
A Visionary of the World's Rarest Gemstones
For more than 50 years, the House of Graff has represented some of the world’s rarest gemstones. Charismatic and visionary founder Laurence Graff’s extraordinary success rests on his innate understanding of diamonds and his insistence on perfectly proportioned cuts, optimising the brilliance, colour and overall quality of every stone he handles.