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The most incredible jewellery pieces to bid on at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York

The catalog for Christie’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale in New York reads like a who’s-who list of prominent jewellery brands: Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chanel, Bulgari, JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal)…the list goes on. Scheduled to take place on 17 April 2018, the auction looks set to be a feast for the eyes with its glittering assortment of jewellery pieces, which range from striking brooches to diamond earrings and a star sapphire necklace.

Headlining the sale is a rare pink diamond ring, which is pegged to achieve over S$5 million when it goes under the hammer. While there aren’t any items of royal provenance, there is a variety of antique and Art Deco pieces, and enough coloured gemstones to please those seeking a change from the usual white diamonds.

Scroll down for our top 10 picks from the jewellery auction, and get ready to splurge.

(All photos: Christie’s)

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Rare coloured diamond and diamond ring

With a hefty estimated price tag of between USD 4,000,000 to USD 6,000,000 (S$5,255,000 to S$7,882,500), this ring is the top lot in this sale. It features a scintillating, 8.42-carat fancy intense pink diamond with a cut-corner rectangular shape, and is set in platinum and rose gold. The pink sparkler is sandwiched in between two tapered baguette-cut diamonds for additional shine.

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Multi-gem and diamond 'Moghul' pendant-brooch by JAR

Easily one of the most stunning jewels in this auction, this pendant-brooch by JAR showcases a 14.77-carat, cushion-cut central sapphire crowned with a bombé turret motif that’s pavéd with circular-cut amethysts. The pendant is trimmed with a border of single-cut diamonds that lead to a diamond-encrusted cap, from which suspends a tassel of natural pearls. This opulence extends to the detachable necklace chain as well, which is embellished with single-cut diamond stations in alternating shapes of circles and four-leaf clovers. The jewel is estimated to go under the hammer for between USD 200,000 to USD 400,000 (S$262,750 to S$525,500)

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Emerald and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels

Bold and sophisticated, this necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels is dripping with an array of emeralds and diamonds in a variety of cuts. It features a large 24.32-carat, oval-cut emerald joined to seven other rectangular-cut emeralds, which weigh some 22.39 carats in total. All of the lovely green stones are encircled by two tiers of circular-cut diamonds and are connected by oval- and circular-cut emeralds, as well as pear- and marquise-cut diamonds.

The central emerald can be worn as a pendant and brooch, and the necklace — which is mounted in platinum and 18k gold — can be separated and reconfigured to form a bracelet. This lavish piece is up for sale at between USD 950,000 to USD 1,250,000 (S$1,248,063 to S$1,642,188).

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Coloured sapphire and diamond bracelet by Bulgari

Sleek, elegant and colourful, this 18k yellow gold Bulgari bracelet is composed of 10 gold links, each crafted with an oval-cut sapphire in different hues such as blue, yellow, orange, purple and pink. The sapphires are flanked with pavé-set diamonds on alternating sides. Get your hands on this jewel for between USD 25,000 to USD 35,000 (S$32,844 to S$45,982).

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Sapphire, emerald and diamond jewellery set by David Webb

Seeing how it’s decked out in sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and star sapphires — a rare type of sapphire with a starburst-like effect on its surface — we reckon this jewellery set from David Webb is a steal at its estimated price of between USD 200,000 to USD 300,000 (S$262,750 to S$394,125). The suite features a necklace with a detachable pendant-brooch mounted with a circular cabochon star sapphire that’s surrounded by a pear-shaped diamond, oval and cushion-cut sapphires, cabochon and circular-cut emeralds, and circular-cut diamonds.

The star sapphire pendant is in turn linked to a second detachable pendant-brooch, also showcasing a smaller cabochon star sapphire, cabochon emerald and diamonds. The rest of the necklace is decorated with similar combinations of these gemstones. A pair of matching earrings comes along with it.

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Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels

Dating back to 1935, this vintage Art Deco bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels showcases three flexible panels festooned with old-cut diamonds and oval- and cushion-cut rubies. It’s set in platinum and interlinked by old- and baguette-cut diamonds. The bracelet is estimated to fetch between USD 80,000 to USD 120,000 (S$105,100 to S$157,650).

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Twin-stone coloured diamond and diamond ring by Cartier

Can’t decide if you like blue or pink diamonds more? Get them both in this glorious Cartier ring, which is crafted with a crossover design that features a 2.85-carat intense pink diamond on one end, and a 2.42-carat fancy vivid blue diamond on the other. The coloured stones are flanked by baguette-cut diamonds and sit atop a gallery of circular-cut diamonds. This ring is expected to achieve between USD 3,000,000 to USD 5,000,000 (S$3,941,250 to S$6,568,750).

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Diamond earrings by Harry Winston

You really can’t go wrong with a classic pair of diamond earrings. These Harry Winston beauties comprise circular-cut diamond studs attached to dangling pear-shaped brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 5.41 carats and 5.24 carats each. The earrings are fashioned in platinum and packaged in a Harry Winston navy leather case, making them perfect for gifting. Expect to splash between USD 330,000 and USD 500,000 (S$433,538 and S$656,875) for them.

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Ruby and diamond 'camellia' brooch by Chanel

Statement brooches are a fun and easy way to inject a dash of whimsy into your ensemble. Try this Chanel jewel, which is shaped like a camellia flower, complete with a cushion-cut 3.22-carat ruby pistil, and graceful petals pavéd with rubies and decorated with “veins” of circular-cut white diamonds. The petals are also trimmed in 18k gold at the edges for a luxurious finish. The brooch will set you back between USD 70,000 to USD 100,000 (S$91,963 to S$131,375).

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Diamond 'thread' ring by JAR

Designed by JAR, this beautiful ring showcases an elongated, oval-shaped brilliant-cut diamond that’s mounted atop a two-tiered threadwork gallery paved with diamonds. The delicate threadwork details are fastened to an equally graceful and slender band set in platinum and embellished with more diamonds. If that’s not luxurious enough, the ring’s central stone weighs a whopping 22.76 carats. The jewel is signed with the brand’s name, presented in a pink leather fitted case, and estimated to fetch between USD 2,500,000 to USD 3,500,000 (S$3,284,375 to S$4,598,125).

The most incredible jewellery pieces to bid on at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York

Sara Yap

Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)

Sara Yap is passionate about all things dining and jewellery, and is constantly seeking out exciting restaurants and glittering trinkets. When she’s not feasting in the name of work, chatting with talented chefs, or daydreaming about coloured diamonds, she’s probably binge-watching the latest Netflix series or indulging in her guilty pleasure — Hollywood celebrity gossip. Sara is a journalism graduate from Nanyang Technological University and her work has appeared in The Business Times Lifestyle and Prestige Singapore magazine.


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