A diamond brooch of royal provenance leads Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva

The Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s Geneva takes place on 13 May, led by several historical jewels, important diamonds and coloured gemstones.

This 55.52ct pear-shaped D flawless diamond sold for $9.03 million at Christie's Geneva as part of its Magnificent Jewels Sale this week.

By Åse Anderson

The upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie's in Geneva will feature more than 350 stunning jewels and is expected to achieve sales of more than $80 million.

A spectacular diamond brooch of royal provenance will lead the sale on 13 May. In 1879, the Maria Christina Royal Devant-de-Corsage brooch was given as a wedding present by King Alfonso XII of Spain to his wife the Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria. Currently part of the collection of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemizsa, the diamond brooch is expected to fetch $1.5-2 million.

Also included in the line-up of historically important jewels is a pair of antique Indian emerald bracelets that once belonged to an Indian Royal family renowned for its enviable collection of emerald jewellery. The Art Deco-style emerald bangles are among only a few old Indian jewels that have survived intact, rather than being dismantled for their precious stones.

A flurry of diamonds and coloured gemstones will also be vying for buyers' attention at the Christie's jewellery auction. Notable colourless diamonds include a 55.52ct pear-shaped D Flawless diamond and a 21.75ct Ashoka-cut D colour Flawless diamond ring. Pink diamonds always attract a lot of interest and a 5.18ct rectangular-cut Fancy Vivid pink diamond has the auction's highest pre-sale estimate at a staggering $9.5-$12 million.

In addition to the emerald bracelets, other noteworthy coloured gemstones include the Pride of Burma, a diamond and cushion-shaped Burmese ruby ring of 6.25ct and a stunning 35.09ct Kashmir sapphire.

Devotees of acclaimed jewellery designer JAR will have a chance to bid on one of his earliest works - a pair of tourmaline and agate camellia brooches dating back to 1985. Last November, Christie's Geneva sold the Parrot Tulip bangle for $3.6 million - the second highest price ever achieved at a jewellery auction for a jewel by JAR.

Read about the 2014 sale of the Parrot Tulip bangle at Christie's Geneva

Signed jewels by respected Maisons such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Graff and Harry Winston complete the line-up of top lots at next month's jewellery auction, along with an amazing single-strand, natural saltwater pearl necklace. 

Read about Christie's  recent Magnificent Jewels Sale in New York



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