M agnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels: Part II will be open for bidding from 28 October – 11 November, offering a broad selection of jewelry dating from the 19th century through to the present day and featuring spectacular jewels from the world’s most renowned jewelry houses, such as Cartier, Sterlé, Hemmerle, René Boivin and Harry Winston.
Sothebys x Bucherer | Exquisite Treasures from Geneva Luxury Week
Diamond necklaceSecond half of the 19th century
Designed as a graduated line of collet-set circular-cut diamonds within a border of cushion- and circular-cut diamonds, length approximately 420mm.
Cartier | Rock crystal and diamond hat pinCirca 1910
Each terminal set with a polished rock crystal, enhanced with rose diamonds, signed Cartier, numbered, French assay mark for platinum and partial maker's mark.
Boucheron | Diamond braceletCirca 1925
Of openwork geometric design, set with circular-, single-, step-cut and square diamonds, length approximately 180mm, signed Boucheron, French assay marks for platinum and maker's mark, case stamped Boucheron.
René Boivin | Gold and diamond bracelet/broochCirca 1935
Of geometric bombé design, the detachable clip set with circular-cut and baguette diamonds, inner circumference approximately 160mm, signed René Boivin, indistinctly numbered, French assay mark for gold, partial maker's mark. Accompanied by a Francoise Cailles certificate of authenticity.
René Boivin | Gem set braceletCirca 1945
Set with a cabochon ruby, a briolette sapphire and a drop-shaped pearl, length approximately 185mm.Please note that the pearl has not been tested.
Chaumet | Diamond clip1950s
Of scroll design, set with pear-shaped, circular-cut and baguette diamonds, signed Chaumet, numbered, French assay mark for gold and maker's mark for Joseph Chaumet.
Ruby and diamond braceletCirca 1960
Of geometric openwork design, set with cabochon rubies, enhanced with brilliant-, single-cut and baguette diamonds, length approximately 170mm, maker's mark.
Piaget | Lady's emerald and diamond wristwatch1970s
The dial pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds framed with marquise-shaped diamonds, the bracelet set with similarly cut emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds, length approximately 180mm, signed Piaget, numbered.
Van Cleef & Arpels | Diamond bracelet, 'Snowflake'1980s
Set with brilliant-cut diamonds, length approximately 170mm, signed Van Cleef Arpels, numbered, French assay mark for gold and maker's marks, case stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
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, optimizing the brilliance, color and overall quality of every stone he handles.
A Short History of Bulgari’s Iconic Serpenti Collection
In 1962, Elizabeth Taylor was in Rome filming the Cleopatra (1963). During a break in filming, she posed for a still while wearing – appropriately for her role– a gold-and-diamond coiled serpent Serpenti watch by Bulgari. While Bulgari had made a coiled stylized serpent jewelry watch in the late 40s, it was in the 60s, boosted by Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra, that the Serpenti rose to cult-style status. It became far more realistically snake-like, with its superbly articulated scale-like elements in textured gold, studded with gems or vibrantly enameled, with the watch case and dial hidden inside the serpent’s beautifully shaped head.