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Christie’s launches London Edit auction

A pair of Graff diamond earrings, donated by J.K. Rowling, will be offered to benefit her children’s charity, Lumos

Christie’s is set to launch a new online auction, Jewels Online: The London Edit, which will be open for bidding from 6 to 16 June.

The auction features jewellery ranging from the early 19th Century to present day, among them being an antique natural pearl and diamond brooch. 

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Signed jewels from notable houses such as Garrard, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Hemmerle will be on view at Christie’s King Street from the 7 to 15  June.  

The auction will reportedly open with the pair of Graff diamond ‘Waterfall’ earrings (estimate: £30,000 – 50,000), offered on behalf of J.K Rowling to benefit her children’s charity, Lumos. The earrings will be presented with a signed edition of J.K. Rowling’s 2021 bestseller ‘The Christmas Pig’, in which a pair of diamond earrings feature, and a sealed personal message to the successful buyer. 

Lumos is an international charity fighting for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world, working to end institutionalisation. Founded by J.K. Rowling in 2005, Lumos “sheds light on the root causes of family separation” — poverty, conflict and discrimination — and demonstrates that children can “safely be reunited with families”.

Further highlights of the auction include a late 19th Century pearl and diamond brooch (estimate: £70,000 – 90,000) dating to the 1880s, alongside an Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet (estimate: £40,000 – 60,000), “demonstrating the bold geometric designs of this defining era in jewellery”.

An offering of signed jewels also feature a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond ‘Ludo Hexagone’ bracelet (estimate: £30,000 – 40,000), circa 1940,  alongside a diamond necklace by Garrard, showcasing a pear-shaped diamond of 4.78 carats (estimate: £170,000 – 220,000). A fancy intense yellow diamond ring of 12.56 carats by Ritz (estimate: £120,000 – 150,000) will also be presented.

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