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Graff Emeralds Smash Bonhams’ Auction Estimates

An emerald and diamond necklace created by Graff exceeded its presale estimate by more than five times at Bonhams’ 2022 London Jewels auction. A pair of emerald and diamond earrings also exceeded expectations, quadrupling their estimated value.

Necklace and Earrings: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
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A Celebration of Brands

A total of 201 lots were offered at the September event, including pieces from celebrated brands such as Boucheron, Buccellati, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Graff, Mauboussin, Moussaieff, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others. According to Emily Barber, Bonhams’ head of jewelry in the U.K. –

The 200-lot sale represented a broad range of jewelry styles from 18th- and 19th-century antique examples, exquisite art deco jewels, mid-20th century pieces by heritage brands as well as superlative diamonds, colored gems, and natural pearls. Interest was global, with bidders converging from Asia, the USA, and Europe. The strong selling prices illustrate the strength of the jewelry market across all categories, with many of the top lots secured after spirited bidding by private collectors.

Graff : 13.88 carat Columbian Emerald Necklace

The top selling necklace features a detachable pear-shaped Columbian emerald drop, weighing 13.88 carats, and approximately 32.70 carats of colorless, high clarity diamonds. It sold for £504,300, or just over $575,000.

Necklace: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
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Graff: 15.93 ctw Columbian Emerald Earrings

This pair of pear-shaped Columbian emeralds, weighing 8.71 and 7.22 carats, respectively, sold for £208,200, which is approximately $247,500.

Earrings: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
Photo credit: Bonhams

 

The emeralds are suspended from pear-shaped diamonds weighing 1.25 and 1.18 carats, respectively, via a brilliant cut diamond knifewire link.

Single Earring: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
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Henri Picq: 1930s Tutti Frutti Double-Clip/Brooch

This double-clip/brooch, circa 1930, displays the Henri Picq’s maker’s mark. His workshop in Paris produced many of Cartier’s “Tutti Frutti” creations. Measuring 6.2 cm in length, it sold for a final price of £85,980.

Brooch: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
Photo credit: Bonhams

 

Each clip is set with brilliant, old brilliant, single and baguette-cut diamonds, leaf-shaped carved rubies and sapphires and fluted emerald beads studded with diamonds, with further black enamel detail.

Clips: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
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Van Cleef & Arpels: 1930s Flowerspray Brooch

This Van Cleef & Arpels creation, circa 1930s, sold for £28,020. Measuring 8.4 cm in length, it’s decorated with brilliant, old brilliant and single-cut diamonds, along with circular-cut rubies and sapphires, and cabochon and sugarloaf emeralds.

Brooch: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
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Mauboussin: Natural Pearl and Diamond Earrings

These chandelier design earrings feature square and single-cut diamonds in pavé, collet and calibré settings, along with a fringe of baguette-cut diamonds.

Earrings: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
Photo credit: Bonhams

Each terminates with a single natural saltwater pearl drop with white and grey tint, respectively, capped by rose-cut diamonds. With lengths of 4.0 cm apiece, the pair sold for £120,000.

Earrings: Bonhams London Jewels 2022
Photo credit: Bonhams

See all 201 Lots

The 2022 London Jewels auction took place at Bonhams London, New Bond Street on 21 September. See all of the lots and their details on the Bonhams’ website.

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