Holiday Gift Guide: Jewels

'Tis the season for wearing (and giving) a little holiday sparkle!

'Tis the season for wearing (and giving) a little holiday sparkle!

Bulgari, A Sapphire, Diamond, and Platinum Parure. Jewels New York. 

 

From the savvy fashionista to the dapper gentleman, we’ve curated a dazzling selection of distinctive and stylish jewels that will fit everyone on your list – including you!

Whether it’s for yourself or someone special, these gorgeous baubles from our upcoming New York Jewels live auction on 6 December and online auction through 8 December are guaranteed to dress up any occasion.

 

 

THE TRENDSETTER

For the chic fashionista whose glamorous accessories are worthy of an icon. 

Clockwise from left: A Pair of Diamond, Onyx, and White Gold Convertible Earrings; A Gold Bracelet; Gucci, A Diamond and Gold Evening Bag; Gucci, A Pair of Silver Handcuffs. 

Lot 88: A Pair of Diamond, Onyx, and White Gold Convertible Earrings (Estimate: US$26,000-30,000). A striking combination of black onyx and old-mine brilliant cut diamonds offers an edgier alternative to classic diamond studs.

Lot 104: A Gold Bracelet (Estimate: US$4,000-6,000). This bold gold Italian bracelet dazzles with an abstract flamestitch pattern, making such a graphic statement that you don’t need to accessorize with much else.

Lot 90: Gucci, A Diamond and Gold Evening Bag (Estimate: US$20,000-30,000). Why wear lots of jewels when you can carry this 18K gold Gucci evening bag? But in case you need a little extra bling, that flash of diamonds will surely do the trick.

Lot 89: Gucci, A Pair of Silver Handuffs (Estimate: US$8,000-10,000). Whether you’re naughty or nice, these sterling silver Gucci handcuff bracelets, originally designed in 1998 by Tom Ford, make the perfect unexpected gift. And don’t fret about losing the key. A button on the rear of each cuff unlocks the closure.

 

THE TIME TRAVELER 

For the lady who is the height of elegance and sophistication from a different era. 

Clockwise from left: An Antique Pearl and Gold Tiara; An Antique Morganite and White Gold Necklace and Pendant; An Antique Natural Pearl, Diamond, and Gold Brooch; Boucheron, A Belle Époque Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Bracelet. 

Lot 12: An Antique Pearl and Gold Tiara (Estimate: US$7,000-9,000). Fit for a princess (or to just feel like one), this French 18K gold tiara, circa 1860, features coils and bands of pearls adorned within a delicate floral motif.

Lot 33: An Antique Pink Morganite and White Gold Necklace and Pendant (Estimate: US$40,000-60,000).It’s no wonder why pink was a favorite of Marie Antoinette. From the 1840s, this 18K white gold French necklace is dripping with pear and round-shaped pink Morganite finished with a stunning pendant to adorn any décolleté.

Lot 30: An Antique Natural Pearl, Diamond, and Gold Brooch (Estimate: US$18,000-$22,000). Brooches are making a comeback so why not add flair to your shirt or jacket with this antique jewel from the 1880s. With natural saltwater oval and button pearls and old mine-cut and single-cut diamonds, who says that grandmother’s pin can be anything but chic.

Lot 114: Boucheron, A Belle Époque Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Bracelet (Estimate: US$15,000-$25,000). Channel the divine actress Sarah Bernhardt with this platinum and 18K rose gold bracelet. Signed by Boucheron, the pearl bracelet with single-cut and rose-cut diamonds exudes beauty and elegant style on a par with a muse.

 

THE FREE SPIRIT

When worldly and well-dressed go hand in hand. 

Clockwise from left: Boucheron, A Diamond, Onyx, and Gold Pendant; A Coral, Colored Diamond, Diamond, and Gold Necklace; Katy Briscoe, An Emerald, Diamond, and Gold Ring; Grima, A Fossilized Sand Dollar, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Pendant. 

Lot 97: Boucheron, A Diamond, Onyx, and Gold Pendant (Estimate: US$12,000-$18,000). Talisman or glamorous charm, this Boucheron pendant is guaranteed to turn heads no matter what continent she’s on. Measuring a sizable length of 4 inches, the pendant is beautifully crafted in 18K gold accentuated with 6.30 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds and cabochon onyx stones.

Lot 102: A Coral, Colored Diamond, Diamond, and Gold Necklace (Estimate: US$30,000-$50,000). Bohemia meets Capri with a necklace of barrel-shaped coral beads and round brilliant-cut diamonds for a look that’s just calling for a caftan.

Lot 74: Katy Briscoe, An Emerald, Diamond, and Gold Ring (Estimate: US$50,000-$60,000). Akin to a signet ring, this modified shield-cut carved emerald and rose cut diamond ring imparts a level of gravitas to the wearer.

Lot 108: Grima, A Fossilized Sand Dollar, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Pendant (Estimate: US$4,000-$6,000). Considered to be one of the great pioneering jewelers of the 20th century, Andrew Grima is known for his imaginative, modernist designs and this pendant is no exception. Paired with a black cord, a fossilized sand dollar forms the backdrop for a Baroque pearl and round brilliant-cut diamonds – equally as much a work of art as it is necklace.

 

THE CLASSIC COLLECTOR

She sticks by the mantra: Good taste never goes out of style. 

Clockwise from left: Mario Buccellati, A Gold and Diamond Necklace; Cartier, A Pair of Diamond and Gold Earclips; Together with an Unsigned Diamond and Gold Brooch en Suite; Van Cleef & Arpels, A Mother-of-Pearl and White Gold 'Pure Alhambra' Necklace; Van Cleef & Arpels, A Diamond and Gold 'Cadenas' Wristwatch. 

Lot 11: Mario Buccellati, A Gold and Diamond Necklace (Estimate: US$70,000- $90,000). Nothing says holiday like this glitzy Buccellati necklace. A chevron pattern is reimagined in 18K gold and diamonds for a glittering collar that’s ready to party.

Lot 58: Cartier, A Pair of Diamond and Gold Earclips; Together with an Unsigned Diamond and Gold Brooch (Estimate: US$12,000-$18,000). Stylized leaves form these quintessential gold and diamond earrings that are everyday jewels you’ll never want to take off. But if you want to dress up a notch, you can add the matching brooch.

Lot 3: Van Cleef & Arpels, A Mother-of-Pearl and White Gold 'Pure Alhambra' Necklace (Estimate: US$8,000-$12,000). Simple yet timeless, the Alhambra is a must-have not only for the true collector, but for any woman’s jewelry box. The lucky quatrefoil, or four-leaf clover, is one of the most recognizable motifs in jewelry, but the mother-of-pearl version adds another layer of elegance.

Lot 7: Van Cleef & Arpel, A Diamond and Gold 'Cadenas' Wristwatch (Estimate: US$30,000-$50,000). First created in 1935, the Cadenas remains one of Van Cleef’s most iconic pieces today. The innovative design features an angled dial enabling the wearer to check the time discreetly. Several versions of the watch exist, the most famous one belonging to the Duchess of Windsor, but here, the 18K yellow gold watch is paired with a crocodile strap that feels contemporary yet more casual.

 

THE ARTISTE

Wearable art is the best form of expression. 

Clockwise from left to right: Arnaldo Pomodoro, A Tourmaline, Ruby, Emerald, and Gold Pendant/Necklace; Grima, A Smokey Quartz, Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold Pendant Necklace; A Multi-colored Hardstone, Diamond and Gold Brooch; An Opal, Diamond, and Gold Ring. 

Lot 107: Arnaldo Pomodoro, A Tourmaline, Ruby, Emerald, and Gold Pendant/Necklace (Estimate: US$5,000-$7,000). The Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro translates his love for geometric shapes into an architectural pendant filled with colored step-cut gemstones, emphasizing his idea of “wearable art” that breaks from the norms of traditional jewelry.

Lot 106: Grima, A Smokey Quartz, Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold Pendant Necklace (Estimate US$3,000-$5,000). A sculptural mix of carved smokey quartz with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds continues the Grima tradition of highly original modern jewelry. The textured gold on the chain and eye-catching pendant beckons you to not only look at the necklace, but want to feel it.

Lot 103: A Multi-colored Hardstone, Diamond and Gold Brooch (Estimate: US$5,000-$7,000). A circular 50 peso gold coin has all the ingredients of a prized artifact: cabochon malachite, lapis lazuli, coral, tiger’s eye, blue turquoise, rhodochrosite, green turquoise, and diamonds. The unique brooch, with its generous size and sunburst design, definitely adds more than just a pop of color to the lapel.

Lot 76: An Opal, Diamond, and Gold Ring (Estimate: US$8,000-$10,000). Like a painting, the watercolor palette of a 17.65 carat oval cabochon opal is framed with round brilliant-cut diamonds highlighting the luminescence of the stone.

 

THE DAPPER GENTLEMAN

Even a man’s valet needs its fill of pretty things. 

Clockwise from left: An Art Deco Diamond, Onyx, Pearl, Ruby, and White Gold Brooch; Cartier, An Art Deco Carnelian, Diamond, Sapphire, Enamel, Platinum, and Bi-Colored Gold Clip; Lapis, Diamond and Gold Cufflinks; A Tourmaline, Rubellite, Diamond, Ruby and Bi-Colored Gold Brooch. 

Lot 112: An Art Deco Diamond, Onyx, Pearl, Ruby, and White Gold Brooch (Estimate: US$4,000-$6,000). With a step motif, this Art Deco brooch follows the black-tie dress code with old-mine-cut diamonds, round pearls, caliber-cut rubies, and rectangular carved onyx, giving even a tuxedo that extra bit of flourish.

Lot 118: Cartier, An Art Deco Carnelian, Diamond, Sapphire, Enamel, Platinum, and Bi-Colored Gold Clip (Estimate: US$10,000-$15,000 No Reserve). Carved carnelian, enamel and cabochon sapphires elevate the classic colors and timeless style of this 1930s Cartier Art Deco clip.

Lot 588: Lapis, Diamond and Gold Cufflinks (Estimate: US$800-$1200 No Reserve). A French cuff is the perfect excuse to flaunt a fancy set of cufflinks like these 18K gold and lapis lazuli double acorn cufflinks.

Lot 43: A Tourmaline, Rubellite, Diamond, Ruby and Bi-Colored Gold Brooch (Estimate: US$5,000-$7,000). Wearing a suit doesn’t always have to be so serious. Get powerful and playful at the same time with this whimsical ruby and tourmaline brooch that is guaranteed to make you smile.

 

 

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