Christie’s has announced the launch of its Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle online sale, which opens for bidding tomorrow (3 March) and closes on 17 March 2021.
The sale will include 65 jewels by Michele della Valle, which highlight the artist’s use of “dazzling” coloured gemstones which “bring whimsical designs to life”.
Della Valle said: “I am delighted to collaborate with Christie’s to present this specially curated 65 lot online-only sale of my creations. My roots at Christie’s run deep—back in 1976, I brought the very first gemstone I ever purchased in Burma to Christie’s for sale, and soon after, seeking out fine gems, designing and creating jewellery became my life’s passion.
“Constantly inspired by my surroundings, whether that be in the country or in the middle of a metropolitan city, this selection celebrates earthly creations and love. For this very special sale offered from Christie’s New York, I created a brooch inspired by the iconic city skyline – complete with shimmering diamond and sapphire pavé, and a patinated copper Statue of Liberty. A brooch to represent the vibrancy of the city that never sleeps.”
Caroline Ervin, specialist for Christie’s Jewels, said: “Christie’s is excited to present an online-only auction from one of the most vibrant names in jewelry—Michele della Valle. With a background in opera and the arts, della Valle’s aptitude for creative output knows no bounds.
“For decades, della Valle has delighted jewelry collectors and fans alike with his bold and colorful creations. Renowned for sourcing interesting colored gemstones and using them in unexpected ways, the result is dazzling and whimsical creations, which we are pleased to present to usher in the spring season.”