Bonhams to light up London with final fine jewellery sale of 2016
Stunning sapphires, Art Deco emeralds and sparkling diamonds will light up Bond Street next month, as Bonhams hosts its final London Fine Jewellery sale of 2016.
The auction's spectacular cover lot is a 14.13 carat Kashmir sapphire single-stone ring, set with a cushion-shaped sapphire with no indications of heating. The highly rare and sought-after piece is expected to lead the sale with an estimate of £600,000–£800,000.
"Kashmir sapphires are amongst the most highly prized gems for serious collectors," said Jean Ghika, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams UK and Europe.
"The mines, located high in the Himalayan mountain range in North West India, were only open for a period of approximately 30 years from the late 1880s onwards. Supplies were soon exhausted, making an example of this size a very rare specimen."
Those seeking diamonds in time for Christmas will have a sparkling array to choose from. Notable pieces will include a 21.33 carat fancy pink-brown diamond ring estimated at £600,000–£800,000; and a 12.08 carats pear-shaped white diamond single-stone ring, estimated at £500,000–£700,000.
Leading the selection of Art Deco pieces on offer is a stunning Cartier Emerald and Diamond Bracelet, circa 1935. Featuring a series of square-shaped links set with brilliant-cut diamonds and Colombian emeralds, the bracelet is estimated at £80,000–£100,000.
"It is more unusual to see an Art Deco piece with coloured stones given the majority of pieces from the period consist mainly of white diamonds," said Ghika. "This splash of colour makes the bracelet a real statement piece and is a wonderful example of Cartier in its Art Deco heyday."
Exquisite signed jewels come from Van Cleef & Arpels, such as a gold and diamond necklace/bracelet combination, earclip and ring suite, circa 1970, estimated at $40,000-$50,000, and a gold and diamond ‘Ludo-Hexagone’ bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1937-40, valued at £25,000–30,000.
And for collectors looking to add to their menagerie, the sale will include several animal-shaped lots, such as a classic Cartier lapis lazuli, onyx, emerald, sapphire and diamond 'Panthère' brooch, estimated at £120,000–£180,000, and a Cartier onyx, emerald, sapphire and diamond ‘Parrot’ ring, estimated at £30,000–£40,000.
Bonhams' final London Fine Jewellery sale takes place on Sunday December 4.
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