AUCTION – Graff emerald and diamond necklace sells for five times its estimate at Bonhams


A spectacular Colombian emerald and diamond necklace by Graff weighing 13.88 carats, featuring a detachable pear-shaped emerald drop suspended from a series of pear-shaped diamonds, stole the show at the Bonhams London Jewels sale staged at New Bond Street surpassing its top estimate by five times to achieve £504,300.


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Emily Barber, Bonhams Head of Jewellery, UK, said: “The 200-lot sale represented a broad range of jewellery styles from 18th and 19th century antique examples, exquisite Art Deco jewels, mid-20th century pieces by heritage brands as well as superlative diamonds, coloured gems and natural pearls.  Interest was global with bidders converging from Asia, the USA and Europe.  The strong selling prices illustrate the strength of the jewellery market across all categories, with many of the top lots secured after spirited bidding by private collectors. “ 

Alongside the necklace, a pair of Colombian emerald and diamond pendent earrings by Graff quadrupled their pre-sale estimate. The stylish pear-shaped emerald earrings weigh 7.22 carats, and 8.71 carats are elegantly suspended from pear-shaped and knifewire brilliant cut diamonds. The earrings achieved £208,200.

The superb selection of jewels at the London Jewels sale also saw an exquisite cushion- shaped diamond pendant, weighing 10.19 carats, J colour VVS2 on a fine-link chain set with oval cut diamonds achieve £164,000. The other top lot included a rare pair of natural pearl and diamond chandelier earrings, by Mauboussin, circa 1930. The elegant, simple geometric lines, a foil for technical artistry, combine numerous different cuts of diamond, and a pair of exquisite natural pearls. The earrings achieved £120,000, selling above the pre-sale estimate.