Tis the Season: 20 Jewels Under $20,000

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Symbols of love – romantic, platonic and familial – jewels are the ultimate luxury gift, but need not come at the ultimate price. Sotheby’s upcoming sales in New York, London and online offer a sparkling range of festive gift options, from seasonal statement pieces like nutcrackers and snowflakes to classic jewels by iconic designers.  Click ahead to unwrap 20 of our favourite glittering stocking stuffer ideas for under $20,000.

The Wish List: Jewellery, Watches and Accessories Online
28 November–12 December | Online

Magnificent Jewels
8 December | New York

Fine Jewels
9 December | New York

Fine Jewels
13 December | London

Tis the Season: 20 Jewels Under $20,000

  • 18-karat gold, platinum, carnelian, rock crystal and diamond pendant, David Webb. Estimate $7,500–10,000. To be offered in Magnificent Jewels on 8 December in New York.
    This versatile pendant is a stylish ornament for those on your list rocking a ‘boho chic’ look. 

  • Pair of 14-karat gold, platinum and diamond brooches, Verdura. Estimate $5,000–7,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    Why limit wreaths to your door? These brooches , formerly owned by Mary ‘Minnie’ Cushing Astor Fosburgh, are classic accessories to be enjoyed year-round.  

  • Platinum, diamond and coloured stone straightline bracelet. Estimate $8,000–12,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    This unique line bracelet is studded with glittering diamonds and coloured stones reminiscent of vivid Christmas lights. 

  • Emerald and diamond ring. Estimate £8,000–12,000 ($9,779–14,669). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    This emerald cocktail ring is a guaranteed way to make a statement at any holiday party. 

  • Pair of 18-karat two-colour gold, diamond, coral and coloured stone earrings, Michele della Valle. Estimate $6,000–8,000. To be offered in Magnificent Jewels on 8 December in New York.
    These whimsical earrings would be the perfect accessory for an evening at the ballet. 

  • Diamond demi-parure. Estimate £2,500–3,000 ($3,056–3,667). To be offered in The Wish List: Jewellery, Watches and Accessories Online on 28 November–12 December.
    Sotheby's upcoming online sale  features these delicate snowflake gems, sure to add a seasonal sparkle to a dress or winter coat.

  • Gem set and diamond charm bracelet. Estimate £3,500–5,000 ($4,278–6,112). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    This whimsical bracelet features ten unique charms ranging from abstractions to animals. 

  • Platinum and diamond star pendant-necklace, Tiffany & Co. Estimate $7,000–9,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    Not all ice is bad during the winter. This pendant by Tiffany & Co. is sure to warm the heart of its recipient. 

  • Carnelian and lacquer bracelet, Lacloche Frères, 1930s. Estimate £6,000–8,000 ($7,334–9,779). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    Geometric with pops of colour, this bracelet would make a great gift for a friend looking for a deco jewel that still feels modern. 

  • Pair of ruby cufflinks, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate £3,000–5,000 ($3,667–6,112). To be offered in The Wish List: Jewellery, Watches and Accessories Online on 28 November–12 December.
    Our upcoming online sale  also features these ruby cufflinks, a great jewels-for-gents holiday option.

  • Platinum and diamond ring and band ring. Estimate $10,000–15,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    The ultimate stocking stuffer for those popping the question this holiday season, this wedding set is perfect for classic brides-to-be. 

  • Pair of 18-karat gold, platinum, peridot, coloured diamond and diamond ‘Flame’ pendant-earclips, Verdura. Estimate $12,000–15,000. To be offered in Magnificent Jewels on 8 December in New York.
    These peridot ‘Flame’ earclips by Verdura evoke winter evenings by the fire. 

  • 18-karat gold, coin and ruby necklace, Bulgari. Estimate $5,000–7,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    Cash may be a popular gift, but why not opt for coin instead with this iconic Bulgari design

  • Pair of coral, onyx and diamond ear clips, Cartier. Estimate £8,000–15,000 ($9,779–18,336). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    These asymmetric earrings are essentially ornaments for the ear. 

  • 18-karat gold, turquoise and diamond bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels, France. Estimate $7,000–9,000. To be offered in Magnificent Jewels on 8 December in New York.
    Have a December birthday on your list? Don’t forget turquoise is their birthstone.  

  • Cultured pearl and diamond ear clips, René Boivin, circa 1935. Estimate £12,000 — 15,000 ($14,669–18,336). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    Diamonds and pearls are a sure way to gift someone a glamorous white Christmas.  

  • Aquamarine and diamond bracelet, 1930s. Estimate £8,000–12,000 ($9,779–14,669). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    Like winter icicles, this deco bracelet shimmers with its cool hues. 

  • Coral and diamond demi-parure, ‘Rose de Noël,’ Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s. Estimate £12,500–16,500 ($15,280–20,170). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    There’s no reason flowers should be off limits during the winter. The “Christmas Rose” flower , in the buttercup family, is known to bloom during the snow. 

  • Pair of gold and diamond earrings. Estimate $5,000–7,000. To be offered in Fine Jewels on 9 December in New York.
    Diamond studs are divine, but these earrings are twice as nice. Their vintage feel and feminine design gives them extra holiday charm. 

  • Pair of ear clips, JAR. Estimate £3,000–5,000 ($3,667–6,112). To be offered in Fine Jewels on 13 December in London.
    Designed as violas, these earrings are ideal for winter snow bunnies escaping to warmer weather. 

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