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A Stand-out Selection of Jewels & Watches from Vintage to Contemporary
By: Diamond World News Service
Apr 12 2016 5:31PM
Reference: 12893  


Sotheby’s Australia’s April sale of Important Jewels offers a variety of stunning jewels from vintage to contemporary. To be held at the InterContinental Sydney, the sale features 296 lots with a magnificent selection of designer and iconic pieces from Buccellati, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van

Cleef & Arpels, with an estimate sale range of $1.9 to $2.7 million.

Geoffrey Smith, Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia commented: ‘The carefully curated sale includes highly individual jewels from the world’s leading designers and provides a unique opportunity for collectors to experience and appreciate a broad spectrum of jewels and quality gemstones.’


A highlight of the sale is an impressive selection of jewels by designer Van Cleef & Arpels. The cover lot is a versatile piece of jewellery which can be worn as a necklace, bracelet with a pendant or brooch. Made from 18ct gold, coral and amethyst the work dates from the 1970s and evokes the glamour of the era (estimate $25,000-35,000, lot 141).

Animals are a strong design element of Van Cleef & Arpels. With life-like features, an 18ct gold, diamond, onyx and emerald brooch is composed as a reclining panther on a branch, the panther completed with an articulated tail (estimate $20,000-30,000, lot 149, pictured). Beware the dragon, with its accented eyes in ruby, completed with its nose and wings accented in brilliant-cut diamonds, this delightful 18ct gold textured brooch, would be well suited to any lapel (estimate $6,000-9,000, lot 152).


Elizabeth Taylor was renowned for her impressive jewels and her fascination extended to the House of Taylor Jewelry, where she was once a shareholder and designer. Included in this sale is a pair of 18ct gold, emerald and diamond earrings, where each surmount of chevron motif is accented with collet-set oval cabochon emerald framed pavé-set diamonds (estimate $12,000-18,000, lot 231).


Demand has remained strong for diamonds internationally, and the sale features an impressive pair of diamond earrings, each surmount colletset with an old mine-cut diamond, suspending a claw-set old European brilliant-cut and a round brilliant-cut diamond (estimate $220,000- 280,000, lot 195).

Set in platinum and 18ct white gold ring, is a cushion modified brilliant-cut natural fancy yellow diamond framed by a double boarder of pavé-set brilliant-cut near colourless diamonds (estimate $78,000- 98,000, lot 62)

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