Fu­ture Heir­looms

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Five breath­tak­ing rings stud­ded with di­a­monds of var­ied hues, shapes and sizes were among the key high­lights of Sotheby’s spring sale of Mag­nif­i­cent Jew­els and Noble Jew­els in Geneva.

An­i­mals and birds have long been a cen­tral theme in Cartier’s cre­ations, go­ing back as far as the First World War. This de­light­ful ‘Parrot’ ring fetched $274,758. It is set with a cush­ion-shaped very light pink di­a­mond weigh­ing 3.77 carats and is a lovely ex­am­ple of the ex­tra­or­di­nary de­tail and ex­e­cu­tion brought to th­ese pieces. With its beak of mother-of-pearl and twin­kling emerald-set eyes, this charm­ing crea­ture brought a breath of fresh spring air to the pro­ceed­ings in Geneva (lot 337, es­ti­mate $200,000 – $400,000).

Two di­a­monds, a 50.39-carat oval di­a­mond (lot 350, es­ti­mate $7.3 mil­lion – $8 mil­lion) that sold for $8.12 mil­lion, and a 51.71-carat round bril­liant-cut di­a­mond (lot 373, es­ti­mate $8.2 mil­lion – $9.5 mil­lion) which went for $9.25 mil­lion, are D colour, have flaw­less clar­ity and be­long to the highly rar­efied ‘Type IIa’ group, made up of just 2% of gem di­a­monds with the high­est op­ti­cal trans­parency. Dis­cov­ered and pur­chased at ten­der in Botswana, both stones are per­fect ac­cord­ing to all the crit­i­cal cri­te­ria against which the world’s great­est di­a­monds are mea­sured.

This su­perb fancy vivid pur­plish pink di­a­mond weigh­ing 2.63 carats re­alised $2,412,875 – an auc­tion record for a fancy vivid pur­plish pink di­a­mond. It is cut in a round mod­i­fied bril­liant-cut shape, which al­lows the ex­tra­or­di­nary hue and life of the stone to be shown to its full po­ten­tial (lot 374, es­ti­mate $2,000,000 – $3,000,000).

A fancy light pur­plish pink di­a­mond weigh­ing 9.70 carats sold for $2,592,716, set­ting a new world auc­tion record price and a world auc­tion record price per carat for a fancy light pur­plish pink di­a­mond (lot 363, es­ti­mate $500,000 – $700,000).

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