Monday, January 6, 2014

Enviable and Magnificent Jewels

Cartier diamond brooch circa 1925.
Last month, Sotheby's held a "Magnificent Jewels" auction which raised an historical $60.5 million dollars. It has been noted that in the past few decades, many of the world's most fabulous jewelry pieces have been circulating, sold at auction and raised a considerable amount of money. Apparently the recent years of global financial meltdowns have affected everyone just a bit. However, this circulation of notable jewels has opened a window and allowed us to take a peek inside some of the most vast, and enviable, jewelry collections of all time. Some of the biggest names in jewelry were present: Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Leviev's beautiful one of a kind pieces have all recently been on the auction block and the biggest sale? A 52.58 carat D-colored flawless diamond which sold for a staggering $10.9 million. Not only does the jewelry come with a big price tag but the fame of the previous owner also adds value helping to catch a hefty price. 
All this on the heels of a new book released entitled, 20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style by world renown jewelry historian Stefano Papi and the senior director of Sotheby's Alexandra Rhodes. It features collections from eleven of some of the most rich and glamorous women who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the early and mid 20th century. Profiling the likes of The Duchess of Windsor, Barbara Hutton (photo below), Maria Callas, Lady Detering and Marjorie Merriweather Post, whose collections are beyond staggering and I am smitten.
Here is a sample of the glorious pieces up for auction. Any buyers?
Platinum/18kt gold emerald and diamond ring sold for $4.6 million.
Pear-shaped pink diamond sold for $3 million at Phillips' auction last month.

Rare Egyptian-Revival Faiance brooch circa 1923 sold for $1 million.
From India's Golconda mines, this $10.9 million ring has an internally flawless diamond.
Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton is wearing a necklace belonging to Marie Antoinette.
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photos courtesy CNN Style