Important Jewels

Online Auction: 10–16 June 2020 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York
Important Jewels 10–16 June 2020 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

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The Schlumberger Bangles

Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
schlumberger for tiffany & co. | gold, enamel and diamond bangle-bracelet
Estimate 25,000 – 35,000 USD
Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. | Gold, Enamel and Diamond Bangle-Bracelet
Available in a vivid array of colors, some decorated with gold and others studded with diamonds, Jean Schlumberger’s enamel bangle-bracelets are as stylish as the notable women who have coveted them, including Jackie Kennedy, Lauren Bacall and Rachel Lambert Mellon, also known as ‘Bunny.’ Bunny, a dear friend of both Jackie Kennedy and Jean Schlumberger, gifted Jackie with a white enamel Schlumberger bracelet. The jewel was so admired that the First Lady immediately ordered another style in cobalt blue; she was seen wearing her enamel bracelets so frequently that they have since been referred to as the “Jackie” bracelets.
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Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
schlumberger for tiffany & co. | gold, enamel and diamond bangle-bracelet
Estimate 25,000 – 35,000 USD
Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. | Gold, Enamel and Diamond Bangle-Bracelet
First designed by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. in 1962, the translucent enamel versions are a result of the paillonné technique of applying enamel, which involves placing a thin layer of metal, usually silver or gold, known as a paillon, beneath the enamel. The metal then shimmers through the translucent enamel, creating the bold colors that Schlumberger is known for. Fanciful and readily identifiable, these bracelets are strong enough to be worn alone, but the designs are truly brought to life when the collector creates a ‘stack’ that is all her own.
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Cartier | Coral and Diamond Bracelet

Cartier
cartier | coral and diamond bracelet
Estimate 80,000 – 120,000 USD
Property Formerly from the Collection of Ganna Walska, Thence by Direct Descent to the Present Owner
Designed as three rows of carved coral beads, the top row embellished with single-cut diamonds, length 7¾ inches, signed Cartier, Made in France, numbered CC207, with French assay marks; dated 1932. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from Cartier to Madame Ganna Walska dated July 7, 1932. With the generous support of the consignor, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit Lotusland, the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Please note this property cannot be shipped internationally due to endangered species materials.
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The Remarkable Jewelry Collection of Madame Ganna Walska
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Antique Jewels

Property From the Collection of Dr. Susan Weber

This collection includes pieces by Carlo Giuliano, the famed revivalist jeweler of the late 19th century. Each jewel is a tour de force of craftsmanship. The brooch, for example, explores the delicate wirework of ancient goldsmiths while the pendant interprets Renaissance enamelwork with precise pointillism. As one-of-a-kind pieces in remarkable condition, they are ideal for someone with an appreciation of history and rarity, serving as great building blocks for a collection focused on connoisseurship.

 
 

Maker Highlight | Graff

The story of the jewelry house Graff is inseparable from the life of its charismatic and visionary founder, Laurence Graff. Born in 1938 to Romanian and Russian parents in Stepney, east London, Graff began his journey to the top of the jewelry industry with an apprenticeship at the local jewelers Schindler, before working independently as a jewelry designer, supplying several jewelers across the UK. In 1960, he founded Graff Diamonds, forming lasting relationships with some of the world’s most important jewelry collectors, including the 29th Sultan of Brunei. Over the following decades, Graff built his company into a global empire, now with over 50 stores worldwide.

Graff’s extraordinary success rests on his innate understanding of diamonds and his insistence on perfectly proportioned cuts, optimising the brilliance, color and overall quality of every stone he handles. This passion and affinity for both diamonds and colored stones has brought many of the world’s rarest and most beautiful jewels into his orbit, including the and the 8.62-carat Graff ruby, and the record-breaking Graff Pink, a 24.78-carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond, sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in 2010 and 2014 respectively.
 
 

Maker Highlight | David Webb

David Webb’s devoted clientele included Doris Duke, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Socialites and stars flocked to the New York jeweler’s bold and whimsical designs, which often incorporated animal motifs and unexpected stones like coral, jade and turquoise. With their emphasis on volume, yellow gold and colored gems, Webb jewels were perfect for photo ops and Hollywood films.

Weekly visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art inspired Webb to incorporate motifs from around the world, including ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian, as well as pre-Columbian, Indian and Chinese. With his love of enamelling, intricately carved stones, yellow gold and bright chromatic combinations, Webb’s style is larger-than-life, whimsical, sensual, and absolutely unmistakable.

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