Christie’s Jewels Online: The London Edit will present beautiful period jewels, together with striking contemporary designs, many signed by renowned jewellers including Harry Winston, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Buccellati. Highlighted by a superb selection of jewels from the collection of Victoria, Lady de Rothschild and Romana McEwen, née von Hofmannsthal. The online auction will be open for bidding from 12 to 26 November, and on view at King Street from 18 to 25 November.
The auction will include a sapphire and diamond necklace by Harry Winston (estimate: £70,000 – 90,000), an elegant Art Déco diamond bracelet by Cartier (estimate: £50,000 – 70,000), a rare mid-19th century natural pearl, diamond and ruby bracelet of lattice design by Morel (£50,000 – 80,000), an impressive 32.10 carat round brilliant-cut diamond mounted by Cartier (£200,000 – 300,000) and a beautiful 1.02 carat oval-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond (estimate: £300,000 – 500,000).
Jewels from the collection of Victoria, Lady de Rothschild will be led by a pair of smoky quartz and diamond ‘Gordons’ cuff bracelets by Herz Belperron, circa 1995 (estimate: £20,000 – 30,000) and striking Art Déco pieces including a rock crystal, diamond, pearl and onyx tassel brooch (estimate: £25,000 – 35,000) and Cartier coral and rock crystal bracelet (estimate: £15,000 – 20,000). The collection epitomises Victoria, Lady de Rothschild’s exquisite taste for design and passion for craftsmanship, characterised by bold sculptural cuff bracelets and large gemstone necklaces.
Further highlights of the auction include an emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond tree brooch by Henri Picq (estimate: £8,000 – 12,000). The Henri Picq workshop produced exquisite jewels many of which were made for Cartier in the early part of the 20th century. The jewels from the collection of Romana McEwen, née von Hofmannsthal include a carved sapphire, emerald and diamond jabot pin by Cartier (estimate: £24,000 – 30,000), an Art Déco nephrite, lapis lazuli and diamond bracelet by Cartier (estimate: £12,000 – 15,000) and an important Cartier diamond bracelet (estimate: £70,000 – 90,000) previously the property of her mother the American heiress Ava Alice Muriel Astor.