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Cartier diamond brooch leads Bonhams New York Fine Jewellery Sale

8d3ee35df1c45a0b9ccf7f6d65026295A gem-set, diamond and enamel brooch, Cartier, circa 1925, designed as a coral and onyx bead fan motif, suspending a rock crystal ring, enhanced by circular-cut diamonds;signed Cartier; estimated total diamond weight: 3.50 carats; mounted in platinum; length: 2 1/4in. Sold for US$ 317, 000 (€229, 660). Photo Bonhams.

New York – Bonhams auction of Fine Jewellery held in the firm's Madison Avenue salesrooms on April 9 was an overwhelming success, realising .3 million.

95414102Highlighting the auction was a Cartier gem-set, diamond and enamel brooch, circa 1925, that flew past its pre-sale estimate to bring $317, 000. The signed piece, from the Estate of Patricia Mitau Rhein, is designed as a coral and onyx bead fan motif, suspending a rock crystal ring, enhanced by 3.50 carats of circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. An additional art deco Kashmir sapphire and diamond brooch, also circa 1925, from the various owners portion of the auction, brought 7, 000.

image (1)The 185-lot sale was highly energetic, with a filled to capacity auction room and registrants bidding online and by telephone from over 20 countries worldwide. Susan Abeles, Bonhams Head of US Jewellery, and Virginia Salem, the Director of the Jewellery Department in New York, commented of the sale, "Rare pristine signed jewellery and fine coloured stones continues to command significant interest and results.95414181 The market is very strong, and participation increases with every auction."

A fine jadeite jade bracelet designed as a carved hololith bangle; diameter: 2 1/4in. Accompanied by GIA report #15224480, dated August 24, 2006, stating jadeite bangle as: jadeite jade, natural color, no evidence of impregnation. Sold for US$ 209, 000 (€151, 416). Photo Bonhams.

Especially notable in the sale was a fine jadeite jade bracelet, designed as a carved hololith bangle, that brought $209, 000 against an estimate of $40, 000-60, 000, and a natural pearl and diamond necklace, comprising of 71 graduated round white pearls, completed by an openwork single-cut diamond clasp, and centering an old mine-cut diamond, with its clasp mounted in platinum, that achieved $173, 000, past a $30, 000-50, 000 estimate.

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