When it comes to raking in moolah, yellow diamonds have always been at the top of their game. Who can after all forget the sun drop diamond? A rare 110.03 Carats piece, the sun drop is arguably the biggest known pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond in the world. On the same note, a beautiful yellow gold platinum ring topped with a yellow diamond has gone down the list of most expensive diamond rings. And the good news is, with a 26.10 carat fancy gem becoming the top seller at the Christie’s Paris auction on 6th June, these exquisite varieties of colored diamonds are back in the spotlight. Set in a platinum ring, the brilliant cut fancy diamond fetched a total of $623,000.
Apart from the yellow diamond, other major highlights at the auction included an art deco necklace from the stable of Cartier (featured below), a Suzanne Belperron bracelet, an art deco bracelet by Jean Fouquet and another gilt bronze bracelet by Line Vautrin. Of these, the Cartier art deco diamond and rock crystal necklace came second in terms of selling value. At $413,000, its sale price surpassed pre-sale estimates. This recent feat achieved by a Cartier jewel reminds us of past instances where pieces from the luxury brand’s stable had made news. Cartier’s minimalistic bracelet deserves to be mentioned at the outset. The collection which hit the stores in April this year left everyone awe-struck. Cartier, in fact, has always been known for their exceptional designs. Flipping through the pages of history, you would be able to find several examples of Cartier’s designing brilliance. The Panthier De Cartier collection was a case in point. Fashioned from the finest of gold, diamonds, rubies and Sapphires, the collection has found place in our most expensive jewelry list. The latest Cartier piece is the prefect embodiment of brilliant designing skills and gemological knowhow.
The Christie’s auction featured more pieces from the stable of Cartier than the one described above. These include original brooches from the forties and fifties. Synonymous with all things extravagant and unique, the first two of these brooches represent lady bugs. The third one designed to resemble an Indian head, however, was undoubtedly the show stealer. A pair of Cartier clips which sold for $46,265 to fetch in excess of its estimated price made the brand’s dream run at the Christie’s Paris sale come full circle.
Cartier apart, Christie's latest auction saw a plethora of creations from the stable of the best in business go under the hammer. Suzanne Belperron is one of the most important names in that category. A number of pieces created and fashioned by the celebrated designer were showcased at the auction. For those who did not know, Belperron’s designs embodied sensuousness and intellectual fascination in a way that made them appealing to the smart and thinking billionaire. Belperron’s creations are, therefore, synonymous with all things exceptional and different. At Christie’s Paris auctions, major highlights from the Belperron range included an antique natural pearl and diamond brooch. At $151,000, the amount fetched by the brooch was six times bigger than its pre-sale estimate.
The brooch may have become the priciest item at Christie’s auctions, in terms of design, though, it has other contenders. Belperron for her pieces had drawn inspiration from the marine world, butterflies and flowers. Each one of these inspirations was finely reflected in her creations which went under the hammer at Christies this June. The pineapple shaped clip was a case in point. It sold for $64,271, which is approximately twice the estimated amount.
The auction also featured creations by Jean Fouquet, Line Vautrin and Fred Samuel among others. Fouquet’s Jade and Onyx bracelet was, in fact, one of the major highlights at the sale. Done in the art décor style, the bracelet’s roots can be traced back to the 1920s. Interestingly, an identical model of the Jade and Onyx bracelet was showcased at the Musée Galliera in Paris in 1929. It fetched $89,779- $27,913, in excess of the estimated price.
If Fouquet’s designs are mesmerizing, then Line Vautrin range at Christie’s will leave you asking for more. Diverse and beautiful, the collection includes one off bronze buttons, earrings, bracelets and neck pieces. Of these, the Dragon shaped bracelet made from gilt bronze deserves to be mentioned separately. Last but not the least, Fred, the French Jewelry House founded by Fred Samuel in Paris also managed to pull the crowd along with the Cartiers and the Belperrons. Featuring exquisite pieces made of Lapis Lazuli, gold and diamonds, the range exemplified the 70s style.
With sales figures totaling to a whopping $3.9 million, the Christie’s auction turned out to be a massive success. “Natural pearls, diamonds and signed jewels remain the three most popular themes and fetched strong prices”- said Marie-Laurence, the head of Paris Jewelry Department.
Earlier this year, Chrisite's recorded a huge success with Lily Safra's ‘Jewels of Hope’ Auction. The private jewelry collection raised a total of $37.9 million, exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $20 million.