Diamond rings to be centrepieces at Sotheby’s May sale


Diamond rings to be centrepieces at Sotheby’s May sale

April 12, 2010 – At the heart of Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva on May 11 will be an exquisite group of white and coloured diamonds.
Diamond ring
An extremely rare emerald-cut white diamond ring weighing 52.82-carats is expected to fetch in excess of CHF7.3 million / $7million. The diamond is Type IIa, D-colour and has flawless clarity.
A highly important pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 5.02 carats is set in the form of a toi et moi ring and is the design and creation of the celebrated French jeweller Alexandre Reza.

The blue stone is mounted alongside an exceptional white diamond of the same shape and weighing 5.42-carats, and the immensely chic and refined design is a perfect illustration of the excellence of Reza’s creations. The ring is estimated at CHF4.25-7.4 million / $4-7 million.

Further highlights will be a rare cushion-shaped fancy intense blue diamond ring weighing 7.64-carats (est: CHF 4.2-6.2 million / $4-6 million) as well as pieces from the collections of Lily Marinho and the Italian opera star, Antonietta Stella.

Leading the dedicated sale of Noble Jewels (sales which are now in their fourth year) will be a diamond rivière of 28 circular-cut diamonds with a total weight in excess of 160-carats from an Italian noble family (est: CHF1.5-2.2 million / $1.4-2.1 million) and a group of seven diamond jewels which were formerly in the collection of Mrs Fitzherbert, the secret and illegal wife of Prince Regent (later King George IV).

Reputedly given to Mrs Fitzherbert by the Prince, the seven jewels have since descended through her family, passing from daughter to daughter, and they now come to the market with an estimate of CHF70,000-100,000 / $65,000-95,000.