Christie’s spring sale of magnificent jewels will offer a variety of colorless diamonds, colored diamonds, and gemstones, along with important signed pieces from private collections.
The highlight of the sale on April 16 is a rare twin-stone fancy vivid blue diamond ring. The ring, with stones weighing 3.06 carats and 2.61 carats, is expected to sell for between US$6 million and US$8 million.
“Blue diamonds are the most elusive gemstones in the world,” says Daphne Lingon, head of jewelry at Christie’s. “Only one in 1,000,000 diamonds possess a color deep enough to qualify as ‘fancy vivid’, making these stones extremely rare.”
Last December, a blue diamond of this quality sold for $18.3 million at Christie’s New York, against a presale estimate of between US$13 million and US$18 million.
The spring sale also features three other D color diamonds of over 15 carats, including a Marquise-cut diamond ring weighing 16.69 carats. The Type IIa, a potentially internally flawless ring from the collection of Elizabeth Stafford, who died last year and was known for her collection of French decorative arts and furniture, has a high estimate of US$1.8 million.
Colored diamonds offered include a fancy pink diamond ring of 6.11 carats, with an estimate of between $1.2 million and $1.5 million; and a fancy intense yellow diamond ring, weighing over 37.65 carats and valued between US$600,000 and US$800,000.
The live auction will be concurrent with Christie’s online sale of jewels from April 10 to 18. Bidding prices start as low as US$10,000.
Highlights of the sale will be on a global touring exhibition, debuting in Los Angeles from March 20-21, moving to Geneva March 26-27, then to Hong Kong from March 30-April. 1. The public viewing in Christie’s New York galleries at Rockefeller Center will run from April 12-14.