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Blue Diamond Earrings Lead Bonhams Auction

Nov 17, 2019 7:30 AM   By Rapaport News
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A pair of blue diamond earrings will lead a sale of fine jewels at Bonhams that includes pieces from the estate of former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s wife.

The earrings feature a marquise-shaped brilliant cut, fancy-intense-blue diamond with VS1 clarity, weighing 1.81 carats, and an oval-shaped modified brilliant-cut, fancy-blue diamond, weighing 1.62 carats. Those stones are topped by two cushion-shaped modified brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 2.24 and 2.28 carats, and surrounded by marquise and round brilliant-cut diamonds carrying a total weight of 2.60 carats. The piece is set to go under the hammer for $850,000 to $1.3 million at the December 8 New York Jewels sale.

Bonhams will also offer jewelry from the estate of Joan Steinbrenner, former vice chairperson of the Yankees. The collection includes an 18-karat gold and diamond Trika bracelet and earrings by Bulgari, a gold and diamond Panthère wristwatch by Cartier, and an 18-karat gold, diamond and cultured pearl necklace-and-ring set by Henry Dunay.

The sale will also feature a ring set with a pear-shaped modified brilliant-cut, 2.46-carat, fancy-pink-purple, SI1-clarity diamond, and a pear-shaped modified brilliant-cut, 2.01-carat, D-color, internally flawless diamond. The piece is estimated at $350,000 to $550,000.

Other notable items include a cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut, 10.88-carat, fancy-vivid-yellow diamond, which is expected to fetch $275,000 to $475,000. A Bulgari Trombino ring, set with a rectangular-shaped step-cut, 16.98-carat sapphire, and flanked by baguette and round-brilliant diamonds, is estimated at $180,000 to $250,000. The sale will also highlight signed pieces by Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Bonhams will preview the jewelry in Hong Kong from November 21 to 24, with the public exhibition in New York opening December 4.

Image: The fancy-blue diamond earrings. (Bonhams)
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