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Bonhams New York, April 24, 2017
133 lots of jewelry top off the upcoming New York sale from Bonhams. This is my first blog post featuring the highly respected auction house which is a global enterprise, having eight different locations worldwide. Their history as an auction house is one for the books, as they've been shattering records and facilitating some of the best exchanges in the world. In the US, we have three Bonhams locations, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (primary sales rooms are New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong), with their online presence @BonhamsJewels Instagram which focuses on all things jewelry. It is a delight to look at and with every upcoming sale, the excitement and momentum is contagious. There are some serious lust-worthy jewels in their New York sale, which I'm going to be covering within this blog post.
The sale date is April 24th, 2017 and the start time is 3pm EST. If you want to get in on the fun, be sure to register to bid in advance of the sale date and surely don't be intimidated by bidding online! If I can do it, you can do it! Let's talk highlights...
I can't pinpoint one particular pièce de résistance of the entire sale, so I'm going to choose these four jewels and make them my final answer! One aspect of Bonhams' sales is the wow-factor. There are always pieces that make you stop and stare--whether they are big diamonds, fancy colored stones, bold sapphires or juicy emeralds--this is exactly what I'm talking about!
Lot 124: If you know a thing or two about fancy yellow diamonds, you'll realize this ring is IT. The center stone clocks in at 6.32 carats--color rating of fancy vivid yellow and clarity is VVS-1. I can't even fathom something so remarkable as the center stone, however to make it even more amazing, it also is set in a ring with two diamonds on each side. These said diamonds are GIA certified as well and are a 2.08 ct & 2.07 ct, both F color stones with VS-1/2 clarity. If you want to see this baby on a hand, click here. Estimate: $400,000-600,000
Lot 129: Nothing more chic than a pair of day/night diamond earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. A definite highlight of the sale, these earrings are set with nearly 30 carats of diamonds! Wow! All rounds, pear and marquise cuts which are done in platinum and 18k white gold for a stunning pair. The dangles can be removed to reveal stud earrings for an easy, on-the-go look! Estimate: $60,000-80,000
Lot 132: Ok, if you've been following me lately, you've realized I've kind of been obsessed over dress clips lately. For some reason, I keep seeing them pop up everywhere, including some great ones at auction. This one is crème de la crème, being signed Cartier and circa 1935. This Art Deco clip is set with a stunning Burmese ruby, over five carats of diamonds and sugarloaf and cabochon cut rubies. Such an elegant piece of history. Estimate: $300,000-400,000
Lot 133: Leading the sale is this catalog cover star--an exquisite diamond riviére necklace. This piece is composed of 63 diamonds which graduate in size; the biggest diamond in the center weighing 3.05 carats. All in all, the grand total carat weight is approximately 44 carats! A once-in-a-lifetime necklace for a very special lady...and if you're wondering, it's done in platinum. Estimate: $200,000-300,000
Lot 6: Anytime I see the words "black opal" I know it's going to be pretty incredible. I don't think I've ever met a black opal I didn't like. This particular necklace is extra special because it is circa 1915 and attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. The detail in this piece is great as the chain is accented by demantoid garnets and sapphire--and also love the gold filigree. Estimate: $15,000-25,000
Lot 8: An Arts & Crafts necklace that is quite unique--set with a citrine and some diamonds, circa 1915. I love the silhouette of this piece, with the draped chains and dangle. The craftsmanship of the chain sets it apart from others I've seen. And the colors--perfect for fall! Estimate: $7,000-9,000
Lot 104: As we've seen lately, heart shaped gem cuts are going strong. This pendant necklace is a bold 4.46 carats of a heart cut diamond, done in platinum. The specs on the diamond are VS-1 clarity and D color. I can picture it sparkling from a neck and looking gorgeous. It is simple, however anything but dainty! Estimate: $75,000-95,000
Lot 20: I think this is one of the most beautiful rings I've seen up at auction in awhile. Mounted in platinum, set with a large 8.36 carat emerald and surrounded by diamonds, onyx and smaller emeralds. I love everything about this ring--from the style, to the gemstone combination, to the width of it. An heirloom that will be treasured for years to come--I am already jealous of whomever places the winning bid. Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Lot 22: This fun Tiffany & Co. ring has a striking color combination made up by the coral and blue enamel. Of course it is from the 1970s, a time period I'm obsessed with--their jewels and music, yes please. Done in 18k yellow gold with some diamond accent to finish off the design, this ring will stop people in their tracks! Bet! Estimate: $5,000-7,000
Lot 69: A ring that could single-handedly bring back the marquise cut as the most popular diamond cut! The ring is set with a VVS-2 clarity, I color diamond that is GIA certified. It weighs 6.07 carats and one request--making a major impact on the finger. I also love the fact that it is done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $70,000-80,000
Lot 5: This pendant/brooch is two pieces of jewelry in one! And did I mention the style and design is just breath-taking?! Lozenge-shaped emeralds dazzle with old European cut and old mine cut diamonds are set in this plaque style pendant, set in platinum. Estimate: $9,000-12,000
Lot 17: Of course I had to include another dress clip because I'm smitten with them. This one is more affordable than the amazing Cartier one mentioned earlier--but still just as gorgeous. And this one is also Art Deco, done in diamonds, sapphire, spinel and black onyx, all set in platinum. Estimate: $5,000-7,000
Lot 125: THESE. The cuts on these diamonds make them look like real ice--they are pear-shaped rose cut diamonds as petals and then the center of each flower is a fancy pink diamond. Such a great combination. The earrings total 17.59 carats of diamonds and are done in 18k white and rose gold. Estimate: $70,000-90,000
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Bonhams is honored to feature a fine selection of jewelry from the estate of Margaret Nielsen Stiegele (1922-2013) in the Fine Jewelry auction at the Madison Avenue galleries on October 17. Ms. Stiegele was the daughter of Arthur C Nielsen, the creator of the television ratings system that became the industry standard. She was a noted jewelry collector whose passion for stylish pieces with beautiful craftsmanship was informed by her extensive world travels.
"Margaret Nielsen Stiegele was a woman with a zest for life. She adored jewelry and assembled a superb collection which she wore proudly," said Virginia Salem, the Director of the Jewelry Department in New York.
The auction will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013. I enjoyed looking through the catalog and picking my favorite pieces which will be going up to the auction block! How amazing is that 8.06 carat fancy light pink pear-shaped diamond on the cover?!
Excited for another great selection of previously owned jewelry up for auction at Bonhams. This upcoming sale is in New York and starts at 11am on June 19, 2013. There are some spectacular pieces looking for a new owner, with many coming from private collections, from states like Florida, Ohio, and New York. My top five favorites are shown above, with more about each below:
- A pair of 18k rose gold manchette bracelets, circa 1900
- A heart shaped diamond ring, weighing 5.05 carats, circa 1900
- An Etruscan revival necklace in 18k yellow gold, with various hardstone intaglios
- A radiant cut diamond weighing 12.13 carats, VVS-2 clarity H color, in platinum
- Tiffany & Co. brooch circa 1910, set with an aquamarine, chrysoprase and green enamel
Bonhams will offer a Prominent Private Collection of Fine Jewelry on April 15 at the Madison Avenue saleroom. Amassed over several decades, the 82 lot collection exudes the confidence and glamour of its owner, a noted philanthropist and an undisputed member of the ‘jet set’.
I was lucky enough to be sent their auction catalogs for an up-close view, with details of each piece.
“The collector of these jewels is a woman of great taste and distinguished style, who had personal relationships with a number of jewelers, including Harry Winston, Bulgari, Sabbadini and David Webb. She collected beautiful pieces of excellent quality to wear and enjoy,” explained Susan Abeles, Bonhams US Head of Jewelry. “We are honored to offer this exceptional collection.”
This Prominent Private Collection of Fine Jewelry will be auctioned on April 15 at Bonhams New York. The collection will preview March 17-19 in London at Bonhams New Bond Street, March 22-24 at Bonhams San Francisco, April 5-7 at Bonhams Los Angeles, and April 11-15 at Bonhams New York.
Auction houses are some of the best sources to buy and sell jewelry. Although I do admit to being a total novice when it comes to auctions, I do know the forerunners in the jewelry business, and Bonhams is one of them.
I admire the jewelry specialists who have an ever-exciting job of handling these precious pieces and Emily Marchick has graciously answered some questions about what she does exclusively for Gem Gossip readers! Hope you enjoy:
My interest in jewelry began through a fascination with my parent’s mineral and crystal collection. I wanted to know where each gem and crystal came from, and why they were different colors and held different properties. I also recall from my childhood, playing with and trying on various tidbits in my grandmother’s and mother’s jewelry boxes. It was this admiration that led me to naturally start collecting modern and vintage necklaces, rings, bracelets and anything with a sparkle.
After earning a BA in Studio Arts and Art History from The College of Santa Fe, now Santa Fe University of Art and Design, I instantly knew that I wanted to apply it to jewelry. I was dreaming of a job where I could combine my love of history with jewelry and working with people. Once I learned about the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and it’s Graduate Gemologist Program (G.G.), I was sold. After completing my G.G., I went to work for one of the largest privately-held retail jewelers in the US, as a Diamond Associate and presenter. The position, although interesting, did not offer the historical and research components that I had been looking for since college. After a bit of research I found Bonhams & Butterfields, now Bonhams, in San Francisco. The auction house possessed many of the things that I had been searching for. In turn, I held many qualifications that Bonhams was looking for including strong gemological knowledge and grading skills, diamond carat counting, strong research skills and exemplarity client service.
Currently, I am the Junior Jewelry Specialist for Bonhams in Los Angeles. My daily responsibilities include jewelry appraising, gem grading, auction catalogue production, as well as contributing to jewelry, timepiece, handbags and our monthly Period Art & Design auctions across the US and abroad. My job also includes entering and receiving jewelry that is consigned for sale, providing auction estimates for the pieces, historical research, and assisting clients on the telephone, during the sale preview and phone bidding on the day of the auction.
Although my days can vary from week to week, the auction world is cyclical. Deadlines and busy periods come in waives according to the preview and auction calendar. I assist with sales in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as well as London and Hong Kong, so I have a variety of jewelry at my fingertips almost 365 days a year.
One of my favorite components of the auction process is meeting each client and hearing the story of their collection. The pieces of jewelry that they own reflect who they are and their life experiences without saying a word. Following the auction I get to see where the pieces wind up. It begins a new chapter of history for the pieces.
The great thing about the auction world is the diverse sale calendar. There is always something fun and interesting on the auction block. One sale that I am particularly looking forward to is the Fine Jewelry sale on April 15, 2013. We are still in the property gathering stage of the sale but the auction will feature approximately 400 lots of necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches. Highlights from the April sale include a comprehensive collection of jewelry from a prominent private New York and Palm Beach estate. The collector was well traveled and possessed a keen eye for jewelry and a sophisticated pallet. You can tell by looking at several of the pieces that they were drawn to vibrantly colored pieces with a focus on beads and works from world renowned design houses. I can’t wait to assist with grading the pieces and producing the auction catalogue!
One of my favorite jewelry related stories comes from working with The Robert Maier Collection of Judith Leiber® Handbags in December 2011. It was the first big sale that I was offered the opportunity to direct. From its initial stages of consignment to auction day, the sale was a career and personal growth experience.
The Robert Maier Collection was more than an auction, it was a love story. The ever-doting husband, Bob Maier shares a tale of going above and beyond for the love of his life, his wife:
“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in!
The thing was, for many years, we had a hard time making ends meet. Through it all, my wife never complained. She just isn't like that - so when she said she wanted one of those pillboxes, I knew it was something special for her. I used this chance to make her happy.
As my wife and I enter retirement, we now pass along these items to the other collectors out there that love these shiny little bags. Don't worry; my wife is keeping a selection of her favorites, but the rest of her amazing collection we offer to you. Give them a good home, show them off, and most of all, have fun!"
The Robert Maier Collection of Judith Leiber® Handbags was the first auction at Bonhams in the US dedicated to the highly collectible handbags and was 100% sold. It was an amazing opportunity to get to know Mr. Maier and his wife and offer their collection at auction.
My favorite piece of jewelry that I own is my engagement ring. The one thing that I really wanted was to have a rose and white gold metal combination for the setting, which blends well with my coloring. My husband and I designed it together with the help of Courtney Nealis Sconza after seeing her romantic, ethereal and vintage inspired style. We created swirls of intertwined bicolor gold around a cushion-cut diamond center that comes together in a light braid with bezel set diamond breaks. It was truly a labor of love and gives me joy when I wear it each day.