Christie’s April jewels sale features gems on ear clips, elephants and more

NEW YORK – Christie’s Jewels Sale on April 22 is rich in quality and will offer a selection of diamonds, colored gems, and signed jewels. Five jewels created by JAR are leading highlights in the sale.

Leading the diamonds in the sale is a pear-shaped diamond ring of 30.02 carats, set with a pink diamond band (estimate on request). Other highlights include a rectangular-cut diamond ring of 32.72 carats, with an estimate of  $1,400,000-$1,800,000; and a triangular-cut diamond of 11.91 carats, suspending an articulated fringe of tapered baguette-cut diamonds. Its presale estimate is $500,000-$700,000. 

Among the colored diamonds in the sale is a fancy grayish yellowish green “chameleon” briolette-cut diamond pendant necklace of 19.13 carats with presale estimate of $800,000-$1,200,000. The color of this diamond changes temporarily when gently heated, or when left in the darkness for a period of time and is therefore referred to as a “chameleon” diamond. This is the largest briolette-cut chameleon diamond in the world to be offered at auction. A marquise-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond with an estimate of $500,000-$700,000 and weighing 8.06 carats is another highlight.

Examples of gems include a ruby and diamond ring.  This 6.76-carat Burmese ruby defines the ideal gem; it displays a pigeon-blood red color typical of old Burmese material and a high degree of transparency, seen only in the finest rubies. This ruby has been spared of any form of enhancement.

Signed and vintage jewels include an ivory and multi-gem elephant, circa 1900, carved from a single piece of ivory; estimate is $80,000-$120,000. This elephant is a relic of Indian refinement and a symbol of great power and prestige, from its bejeweled eyes and pearl tassels down to its golden toenails. The fitted purple velvet carrying case denoting that this elephant was made to order on the Indian subcontinent, inferring this showpiece was likely made for an important Indian family.

Five exceptional jewels created by JAR feature prominently in the sale. Three examples of ear clips include: a pair of diamond and black diamond hedgehog ear clips with estimate of $20,000-$30,000, a pair of emerald and diamond ear clips with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000, and a pair of chalcedony, diamond and sapphire ear clips designed as a fan, which are estimated to sell for $25,000-$35,000. 

Presale estimates do not include buyer’s premium. For more information, visit www.christies.com.

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