Historic Yellow Diamond Takes Center Stage at Sotheby’s Auction

Expected to fetch up to CHF 6.5 million ($7.2 million), this exquisite piece of history promises to captivate collectors and connoisseurs alike
Historic Yellow Diamond Takes Center Stage at Sotheby’s Auction

In the world of high jewellery, few treasures command attention quite like a remarkable diamond. Sotheby’s Geneva is preparing to showcase one such gem: the illustrious Allnatt Diamond. With a legacy steeped in history and elegance, this breathtaking 101.29-carat yellow diamond brooch by Cartier is poised to headline the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale on May 14th, with expectations soaring as high as CHF 6.5 million ($7.2 million).

Originally crafted in 1952, the Allnatt Diamond is a round-cornered square brilliant-cut masterpiece, boasting a vivid yellow hue and a remarkable VS2 clarity. Designed as the focal point of a radiant flower, the brooch's petals and leaves are delicately set with diamonds, enhancing the allure of the centerpiece stone. Its provenance adds to its mystique, having once belonged to Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt, a distinguished figure renowned for his contributions as a soldier, sportsman, art patron, and benefactor.

The journey of the Allnatt Diamond is as fascinating as its beauty. Originally weighing 102.07 carats, the stone underwent a transformation, being recut to its current size. Its allure has graced esteemed venues, including a notable display at the Smithsonian’s prestigious "The Splendor of Diamonds" exhibition. Now, as it returns to the auction stage, the Allnatt Diamond carries with it a legacy of unparalleled elegance and refinement.

The upcoming auction promises to be a showcase of opulence, featuring an array of exquisite pieces from renowned design houses. Yet, it is the allure of the Allnatt Diamond that stands as the crowning jewel of the event, a testament to the enduring legacy of exceptional craftsmanship and timeless beauty. As collectors and connoisseurs eagerly await the auction, the stage is set for an unforgettable evening where history and luxury converge in a spectacle of brilliance and prestige.

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