Sotheby's Jewelry sale kicks off the New York season in style
Sotheby's is set to host the first major New York jewelry sale of the season next week.
With more than 200 lots on offer, and estimates ranging from $3,000 to more than $2 million, the auction offers collectors of every level the chance to acquire pieces for any occasion.
One of the sale's most unusual items is a Lalique ring inspired by the French stage and silent film actress Sarah Bernhard.
Known simply as "The Divine Sarah", Bernhard was arguably the most famous actress of the 19th century. René Lalique created two serpent-form jewels for her iconic role as Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, and later revisited the same design motifs for this serpent ring.
Featuring the blue molded glass face of Medusa, and topped with an 18k gold serpent with blue and green enamel scales, the dramatic Art Nouveau ring is expected to sell for $15,000 - $20,000.
Another major signed jewel from the period is a Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond necklace by designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, dated circa 1915 and estimated at $20,000 - $30,000.
From Art Nouveau to Art Deco, the sale features stunning Cartier pieces such as an articulated Platinum, Emerald and Diamond bracelet, made circa 1930, studded with five large cabochon emeralds and estimated at $150,000 - $200,000.
There are also contemporary Cartier creations, like the Les Oiseaux Libérés’ ring featuring a pair of colourful perching birds, estimated at $30,000 - $40,000.
The sale's most valuable items come in the form of large stones, led by a magnificent 27.38 carat oval-shaped diamond ring estimated at $2-$2.5 million; a 30.71 carat cushion cut Fancy Intense yellow diamond ring valued at $675,000 - $775,000; and a 12.14 carat Colombian emerald-cut emerald and diamond ring estimated at $200,000 - $300,000.
Further highlights also include classic pieces from the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Harry Winston.
The Sotheby's Important Jewels sale takes place in New York on September 22.
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