The New York Sale at Christie’s Auction House was this past Thursday, April 22, 2010. The sale featured some amazing, once-in-a-lifetime jewelry, like the above Emerald Brooch once belonging to Catherine the Great as well as a large 39.55 carat cushion cut diamond ring once owned by Emperor Maximilian. The results are up, where you can view them online–every piece of jewelry that was auctioned off has a picture, description, estimated price, and the actual price it brought. Not only is all this information very interesting, but it can also educate you with jewelry terms you may not know since Christie’s does a great job describing each piece, right down to the cuts of each stone.
The Catherine the Great Emerald brooch features a hexagonal-cut emerald, within an openwork two-tiered rose-cut diamond surround, bordered by old mine-cut diamonds, mounted in silver-topped gold, mid 18th century. It sold at Christie’s for $1,650,500.00
Above is the Emperor Maximilian Diamond ring! It is 39.55 carats, cushion cut, I color and VS-1 clarity, with a strong blue fluorescence. It sold at Christie’s for $1,762,500.00
Here are some results of other pieces that I found of interest:
I thought this Art Deco bracelet is gorgeous. It is circa 1930 and features a cabochon cut sapphire, diamonds, and rays of calibre cut sapphires extending out from the center in a neat design. The bracelet is said to have once belonged to King Zog of Albania. It sold for $35,000
These jadeite and diamond ear pendants from Tiffany & Co. sold for double the highest estimate! They certainly are beautiful, with the carved jadeite drops. Price realized: $12,500
This Art Deco brooch circa 1925 is so stunning! It features a striking combination of french cut rubies, onyx, and diamonds set in platinum. Christie’s sold this piece for $11,875
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Lauren April 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm:
The Art Deco brooch is stunning!
Bret Jeremy April 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm:
Stunning, who would have believed jewelry would be so imaginative and expensive.The Art Deco brooch circa 1925 is the best, rubies and pearls. What a combination! I would love to have them even for one day. Can you arrange that. LOL