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Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Hong Kong April 7 Auction Results

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Hong Kong April 7 Auction Results

The clasp of the Hutton-Mdivani Cartier jadeite necklace.

The clasp of the Hutton-Mdivani Cartier jadeite necklace.

The 2014 spring auction season got off to a roaring start at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale in Hong Kong today, with a world record for a piece of jadeite jewelry. More

2013 Major Jewelry Auction Round-up

2013 Major Jewelry Auction Round-up

The former 'Pink Star', now 'Pink Dream' diamond.

The former ‘Pink Star’, now ‘Pink Dream’ diamond.

2013 was an eventful year for jewelry auctions with one major sale after another bringing out spectacular pieces that broke records and/or delighted jewelry lovers and historians. Let’s recap the highlights ahead of what will hopefully be another year of one-of-kind pieces coming out of the vaults.

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Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels New York December 11 Results

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels New York December 11 Results

The 61.35-carat emerald ring that was top lot at $4.6 million.

The 61.35-carat emerald ring that was top lot at $4.6 million.

Sotheby’s closing Magnificent Jewels sale of 2013 was held Wednesday in New York and brought in a total of $60 million. The sale was chock full of interesting highlights, which were not your typical record-breaking flawless stones.

The top lot of the day was an impressive emerald ring of 61.35 carats that sold well above its $1-1.5 million estimate at $4.6 million. The top five lots included white diamonds, a natural pearl necklace, and an emerald bracelet.

18k gold, malachite, purpurine and ivory bracelet by Boucheron, circa 1931.

18k gold, malachite, purpurine and ivory bracelet by Boucheron, circa 1931.

The star of the catalog cover was a very interesting and iconic piece by Boucheron that was especially delightful for jewelry historians to see. One such historian, Vivienne Becker, wrote a fantastic piece for the Sotheby’s website on the significance of the bracelet, which I encourage you to read here. In summary, the piece was made in 1931 and is considered a masterpiece of French 20th century jewelry that shows the influence of Africa on the modernist style of the time. It sold for $797,000. More

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Geneva November 13 Results

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Geneva November 13 Results

Sotheby's Chairman of Europe/Middle East Jewellery David Bennett leads the auction of the 'Pink Star' diamond in Geneva on November 13, 2013 (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

Sotheby’s Chairman of Europe/Middle East Jewellery David Bennett leads the auction of the ‘Pink Star’ diamond in Geneva on November 13, 2013 (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

The showroom buzz was palpable yesterday as Lot 372 emerged on a grinning model at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva. More

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Geneva Auction Preview

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Geneva Auction Preview

The 59.60 carat  'Pink Star' diamond.

The 59.60 carat ‘Pink Star’ diamond.

The day after Christie’s jewel sale in Geneva it will be Sotheby’s turn to wow. More

Alexandre Reza Exhibition Opens This Week

Alexandre Reza Exhibition Opens This Week

A choker featuring 146.10 carats of sapphires circa 1975.

A choker featuring 146.10 carats of sapphires circa 1975.

There will be some stunning jewelry on display at Sotheby’s New York beginning on Friday, but don’t bother bringing a cheque book because it’s not for sale. More

Fall 2013 Auction Schedule

Fall 2013 Auction Schedule

118.28 carat diamond sold by Sotheby's in Hong Kong (Reuters).

118.28 carat diamond sold by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong (Reuters).

The Fall 2013 major jewelry auction season opened yesterday with the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. More

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