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).