Important Jewels

Live Auction: 22 October 2020 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York
Important Jewels 22 October 2020 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

A s the seasons change, and we welcome autumn in New York, we are thrilled to offer a truly beautiful and covetable collection of jewels. Our Important Jewels sale will captivate you and remind you of just how powerful jewelry can be. Looking for iconic pieces from Jean Schlumberger, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Cartier and Bulgari? We’ve got you covered. Craving rich, bold, awe-inspiring colored stones, of almost every hue? Check. And of course, for those who seek rarity and magnificence, our curated selection of stunning white and colored diamonds, in a variety of cuts and styles will mesmerize you.

Visit the Exhibition

Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are able to accommodate clients in our building by appointment only. The exhibition for this sale will open on 17 October and will close on 21 October at 5PM EDT. To schedule an appointment please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or +1 212 606 7171. You can read more about our safety requirements here.

Bracelets That Make A Statement

Bracelets command attention. Worn throughout history by powerful men and women, they can serve as beautiful armor and exhibit actual or idealized character traits of the wearer.

Wide cuff-bracelets, embellished with textured metal details and gemstones, serve as a form of protection, exhibiting confidence and strength, their bold splendor captivating the wearer and admirers alike.

The Art Deco bracelet, with its intricate open work and stylized design elements, as detailed as a medieval tapestry, can be worn on its own or layered with others, is inexplicably chic and timeless.

No matter the material, worn day or night, alone or in multiples, bracelets are a collection essential and a forever jewel.

Designer Spotlight: Nigel O’Reilly

Nigel O’Reilly’s approach was forged by his exposure to excellence. O’Reilly started his professional life in engineering but his creativity moved him in the direction of jewelry. Following his formal training he worked closely with, and learned from, the late master goldsmith & gemstone cutter Erwin Springbrunn.

O’Reilly has spent the past decade creating for some of the world’s most luxurious jewelry houses. In 2009 he founded his studio in the West of Ireland. O’Reilly works only to technical perfection, using both innovative technology & ancient tradition to ensure that every angle of every piece is open to microscopic scrutiny.

Nigel O’Reilly’s work is defined by a bold use of color and form and a passion for the advancement of design and creation of fine jewelry. His raw materials are magnificent stones and metals, his technical brilliance, and the personal creative relationships with his clients, some the world’s most discerning jewelry collectors.

Whimsical Jewels

We love jewels that don’t take themselves too seriously and are thrilled to offer a myriad of light-hearted motifs to wear today and for years to come. Whether you gravitate toward the unexpectedly chic chalcedony cowboy duck by Cartier, the elegant ‘Ballerina’ Brooch by John Rubel, or the opulent 'Lachrymosa' Mask by Henry Dunay (worn in the 1990s by Elizabeth Taylor), these jewels are sure to provide much joy to both the wearer and the admirer. And just in time for Election Day, who wouldn’t want a bejeweled American flag, from the ultimate American jewelry house?

Important Stones

For those collectors who seek awe-inspiring colored and white diamonds and exceptional quality colored stones, look no further. A Kashmir sapphire of over 15.00 carats, exhibits the coveted combination of a rich, intense blue color, with a soft and velvety appearance. An exceptionally fine pair of Internally Flawless, Type IIa oval-shaped diamonds studs, over 5.00 carats each. An important pendant-necklace boasting a magnificent pear-shaped diamond weighing over 50.00 carats of D color and without any imperfections, accented by an alluring Fancy Brownish Orangy Pink diamond. Burmese rubies have long been considered the most desirable in the world and our splendid 14.06 carat oval-shaped beauty will captivate you.

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