Sotheby’s has announced that it will hold an auction at its London gallery on 6 June featuring an array of diamond jewellery.
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari feature strongly in the London auction, alongside tiaras, retro jewels from the 1940s and a selection of sapphire and emerald jewels.
The 379-lot auction is led by a diamond necklace by Cartier, supporting a 20.30-carat briolette diamond (lot 379, est. £220,000 – 280,000) and a sapphire and diamond bracelet made by the Parisian jeweller in the 1930s (lot 377, est. £70,000-90,000)
Launched in the 1970s, Van Cleef & Arpels “Rose de Noël” jewels have been constantly reinvented, and have become emblematic of the Parisian jeweller.
The mother-of-pearl and diamond demi- parure, is composed of a pair of earrings and a brooch (lot 293, est. £26,000 – 35,000).
The auction will also feature four tiaras in the sale,including a diamond foliate design from the early 20th century (lot 129, est. £4,200 – £10,000,a late 19th -century piece with palmettes (lot 182, est. £5,000 – 8,500), a natural pearl and diamond diadem, late 19th century (lot 38, est. £5,000 -6,000) and a tiara from around 1905 with floral and foliate scroll motifs (lot 14, est. £10,000 – 15,000).
The sale is also distinguished by a selection of jewels with royal provenance. Among three pieces formerly in the collection of HRH King Farouk of Egypt is a diamond brooch, designed as a bird perched on a coral branch, by Van Cleef & Arpels, (lot 200, est. £700 – 1,500
The sale also includes a diamond parure, formerly in the collection of HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (lot 208, est. £10,000 – 12,000 / $14,000 – 17,200).
Sotheby’s also announced a similar auction will be taking place in Geneva on the 14 June.