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6 lust-worthy jewellery pieces from Jackie Collins’ estate auction

Known for steamy romance novels such as The World is Full of Married Men (1968) and Hollywood Wives (1983), the late English author Jackie Collins was also famed for her predilection for art and jewellery. Come 16 and 17 May, her fans will get the chance to own a piece of her lavish collection when her US$3 million (S$4.2 million) Beverly Hills estate goes under the hammer at a Bonhams sale.

Titled Jackie Collins – A Life in Chapters, the auction is held in Los Angeles and presents 1,000 lots spanning sculptures, fine art, jewellery and watches. Highlights include works by English painter Beryl Cook, luxury timepieces from Chopard and Patek Philippe, and Collins’ bespoke special edition 2002 Jaguar XKR Sportscar — a sleek ride finished in metallic gold and estimated to fetch between US$15,000 and US$20,000 (S$21,000 and S$28,000). Signed jewels from the likes of Cartier and Nardi, will also be auctioned off during the two-day sale.

From a dazzling 6.04-carat diamond ring, to an Art Deco necklace set with diamonds and emeralds, here are 6 of our top picks from Collins’ beautiful repertoire of jewels.

(Main photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/ Huffington Post. Other photos: All from Bonhams, unless otherwise stated)  

A diamond solitaire ring

This stunning platinum ring is bedecked with a 6.04-carat pear-shaped diamond, and crafted with tapered baguette cut diamonds along its shoulders. It is expected to fetch between S$140,000 and S$210,000.

A diamond, emerald, stone and platinum necklace

This resplendent statement jewel features a central emerald and diamond-encrusted plaque, which is attached to a pendant covered in more sparklers and decorated with calibre green stone accents. On the sides of the central portion are two shield-shaped plaques, which are festooned with (again) diamonds and emeralds. The necklace is linked together by geometric details, and its diamonds are estimated to weigh 44 carats altogether. It carries a French assay mark, and is expected to achieve between S$56,000 and S$84,000.

An emerald, diamond and platinum clip brooch
This spectacular Art Deco brooch is mounted with a central square step cut emerald, which is surrounded by an assortment of round, square step, half-moon and baguette cut diamonds (17.5 carats in total), as well as square calibre cut emeralds. Fashioned in platinum, it is estimated to go under the hammer for between S$28,000 and S$42,000.
An Art Deco diamond, black onyx and platinum bracelet

Collins clearly had a penchant for Art Deco jewels. This ornate bracelet showcases a 2.85-carat collet-set old oval cut diamond, which is connected to a row of black onyx squares. The onyx is in turn flanked by rows of diamonds on the top and bottom. This elegant beauty is priced between S$9,800 and S$13,000.

(Photo: Forbes)

An 18k bi-colour gold "Panthere" collar
If a statement necklace is too run-of-the-mill for you, try this striking collar instead. Designed and signed by Cartier, it is set in 18k bi-colour gold and embellished with intricate panther-shaped motifs. The jewel even comes with its original fitted box. Be prepared to fork out between S$14,000 and S$21,000 for it.
A pair of diamond and emerald day/ night pendant ear clips
This pair of ear clips features two lustrous central emeralds, along with a glittering array of diamonds in various cuts. Its top is festooned with a cluster of French, baguette, marquise and round diamonds, while its detachable bottom is composed of oval cabachon emeralds enclosed in a ring of 224 round and 80 small diamonds.  The clips are made of platinum and white gold, and are estimated to achieve between S$11,000 and S$17,000.
Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.