LOS ANGELES – Bonhams presents California Jewels in Los Angeles on November 21, 2023. The 307-lot sale features a significant global collection of natural estate diamonds and contemporary designs from recognized maisons including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, and Boucheron.
Emily Waterfall, Director of Jewelry Department, in Los Angeles, said: “California Jewels offers the perfect platform to achieve style with a conscious allowing Bonhams clientele to shop sustainably for antique jewels. The sale includes a significant selection of natural estate diamonds presented alongside more contemporary pieces such as the rare Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. zodiac cuff. The sale has some extraordinary designs with exceptional stones and craftsmanship that are highly sought-after pieces of jewelry.”
Leading the sale is a 14K white gold and diamond ring. Centering a natural round diamond of G color and VVS2 clarity, weighing 4.05 carats accented by round diamonds. The elegant design is offered with an estimate of US$70,000-100,000.
14K white gold and diamond ring. Picture courtesy of Bonhams
A significant contemporary lot is a rare Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti (1940-2021) zodiac cuff. The Italian jewelry designer signaled a revolution in jewelry design when she debuted with Tiffany & Co. in 1974, and her designs remain coveted today. The sculptural 18K gold hinged cuff on offer celebrates the zodiac sign of Capricorn and features coral, black jade, and mother-of-pearl inlay within high-polish gold. Offered with an estimate of US$10,000-20,000.
Other notable diamond highlights for California Jewels include:
- An 18K gold, diamond, and yellow diamond ring. Offered with an estimate of US$35,000-55,000.
- An 18K white gold, ruby, and diamond ring, circa 1950. Featuring a natural cushion mixed-cut ruby of Burmese origin, weighing 1.80 carats and a round diamond weighing approximately 1.55 carats, surrounded by ribbons of tapered-baguette diamonds. Offered with an estimate of US$10,000-15,000.
- 18K white gold, ruby, and diamond ring, circa 1950.
- Picture courtesy of Bonhams