‘La Légende’ by Boehmer et Bassenge sets a new world record for a heart-shaped diamond sold at auction

 

La Légende by Boehmer et Bassenge
LA LÉGENDE
A DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL SAUTOIR NECKLACE, BY BOEHMER ET BASSENGE
Set with a heart-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 92.15 carats, between two circular-cut diamonds, to the cultured pearl sautoir, 93.0 cm, mounted in platinum
Signed Boehmer et Bassenge
Accompanied by report no. 5171874150 dated 20 September 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 92.15 carat diamond is D colour, Flawless clarity, with excellent polish and excellent symmetry; and a Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

 

‘La Légende’ by Boehmer et Bassenge, a 92-carat heart-shaped diamond, led the Magnificent Jewels sales at Christie’s Geneva, being sold at $14,5 million and setting a new record for any heart-shaped diamond sold at auction.

The much anticipated diamond named ‘La Légende’ is a D colour and Flawless gemstone. Signed by the French high jewellery House Boehmer et Bassenge, was presented as a cultured pearl sautoir of 93cm, set between two circular-cut diamonds.

 

‘La Légende’ diamond

 

The Luxury Sales at Christie’s saw another world record, set by the reference 2497 by Patek Philippe known as the Haile Selassie, that sold on Monday 15th of May for $2,9 million.

 

Top lots at the Magnificent Jewels sale

Burmese oval cut ruby ring, of 15.03 carats sold for $12,942,775 million. The ruby has no indication of heating and its colour is a ‘pigeon blood’ red.

Exceptional Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring (2)
AN EXCEPTIONAL RUBY AND DIAMOND RING
Set with an oval-cut ruby, weighing approximately 15.03 carats, within a round brilliant-cut diamond surround, mounted in gold
Accompanied by report no. 17040012 dated 5 April 2017 from the Gubelin GemLab stating that the origin of the ruby is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating, that the colour may also be called ‘pigeon blood red’ in the trade, an Appendix letter, two Information sheets on ‘Rubies from Mogok, Burma’ and ‘Unheated rubies’ and a Gemmological Portrait.

 

cushion-shaped fancy intense blue diamond ring of 7.97 carats, VS1 clarity sold for $12,715,412 million, setting the world auction record price per carat.

Blue diamond ring Christie's May 2017
A COLOURED DIAMOND RING
Set with a fancy intense blue cushion-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 7.97 carats, between baguette-cut diamond shoulders, ring size 6 ½, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 6187159503 dated 13 February 2017 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Intense Blue colour, VS1 clarity.

 

pear-shaped D colour, potentially IF diamond pendent necklace of 56.03 by Chopard sold for $6,349,332 million.

A Diamond Necklace, by Chopard, 56.03 carats, D, Potentially IF
A DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CHOPARD
Set with a detachable pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 56.03 carats, to the pear-shaped diamond line necklace, 48.0 cm, mounted in platinum and gold, in blue leather Chopard pouch
Signed Chopard, no. 0810
Accompanied by report no. 2185188825 dated 24 February 2017 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 56.03 carat diamond is D colour, VVS2 clarity; also with a working diagram indicating that the clarity of the diamond is potentially Internally Flawless, and a Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

 

square-cut, fancy deep blue VS1 diamond of 4.05 carats sold for $4,303,092 million.

A Coloured Diamond Ring, 4.05 carats, Fancy Deep Blue, VS1
A COLOURED DIAMOND RING
Set with a fancy deep blue square cut-cornered diamond, weighing approximately 4.05 carats, to the plain hoop, ring size 6 ¼, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 5171955696 dated 14 October 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Deep Blue colour, VS1 clarity.

 

cushion-shaped Burmese sapphire of 47.63 carats sold for $2,443,612 million.

A Burmese Sapphire Ring, 47.63 carats
A SAPPHIRE RING
Set with an antique cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 47.63 carats, to the plain bifurcated hoop, ring size 4, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 88983 dated 6 December 2016 from the SSEF Swiss Gemological Institute stating that the origin of the sapphire is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating.

 

ruby and diamond Trèfle a quatre feuilles brooch by Boucheron sold for $2,224,372 million.

A Burmese Ruby and Diamond Brooch, by Boucheron, 3.75, 3.49, 3.20 and 3.04 carats,
A RUBY AND DIAMOND ‘TRÈFLE À QUATRE FEUILLES’ BROOCH, BY BOUCHERON
Of clover design, each petals set with an oval-cut ruby, weighing approximately 3.75, 3.49, 3.20 and 3.04 carats, within a pavé-set diamond surround, to the brilliant-cut diamond pistil and baguette-cut diamond stem, 1967, 5.0 cm, with French assay marks for platinum and gold, in grey leather Boucheron case
Unsigned
Accompanied by report no. 90447 dated 28 February 2017 from SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the rubies is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating, and that the colour of the 3.20 carat ruby may also be called ‘pigeon blood red’ in the trade.
Further accompanied by copy of insurance valuation dated 23 November 1982 from Boucheron.

 

round brilliant-cut D colour, flawless diamond of 16.19 carats sold for $2,200,012 million.

A DIAMOND RING
Set with a round brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 16.19 carats, to the plain hoop, ring size 6 ½, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 1172454214 dated 17 February 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D colour, Flawless clarity, with excellent cut, excellent polish and excellent symmetry; and a Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

 

round brilliant-cut, D colour flawless diamond of 15.09 carats sold for $2,139,112 million.

A DIAMOND RING
Set with a round brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 15.09 carats, to the plain hoop, ring size 6 ½, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 6177716183 dated 30 August 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D colour, Flawless clarity, with excellent cut, excellent polish and excellent symmetry; and a Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

 

cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire of 14.88 carats sold for $1,999,042 million.

A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING
Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 14.88 carats, between trapeze-cut diamond shoulders, ring size 5 ¼, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 90710 dated 7 March 2017 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the sapphire is Kashmir, with no indications of heating, and an Appendix letter stating that this sapphire is ‘characterised by an attractive blue colour and an excellent purity, a combination rarely encountered in sapphires from Kashmir of this size’.
Report no. 1081357 dated 27 January 2017 from the AGL American Gemological Laboratories stating that the origin of the sapphire is Kashmir, with no gemological evidence of heat and no clarity enhancement.

 

Furthermore, the private collection of Eric Nussbaum, the initiator of the Heritage Cartier collection, and one of the most eminent Cartier experts, sold 100% of its lots, reaching $693,176. Its top lot, a natural pearl necklace, doubled its pre-sale estimate and sold for $100,781.

A NATURAL PEARL, EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER
The single-strand composed of sixty-five graduated natural pearls, measuring approximately 8.80-4.75 mm, to the emerald and diamond clasp, circa 1924, 46.0 cm, with French assay mark for platinum, in red suede Cartier pouch
Signed Cartier Paris, no. 7426A (indistinct)
Accompanied by report no. 89137 dated 13 December 2016 from the SSEF Swiss Gemological Institute stating that the 65 pearls are saltwater natural pearls.

 

Last but not the least, the fascinating section focusing on Italian jewellery and called ‘Dolce Vita’ was highlighted by a one-of-a-kind sautoir signed Bulgari, from the collection of actress Silvana Mangano. The necklace came to the actress through the stylist Piero Tosi, who was working on the set for “Gruppo di Famiglia in un interno”, directed by Luchino Visconti in 1974. Tosi freely chose from Bulgari’s 1970s collection for the role of La Marchesa Bianca Brumonti, interpreted by Silvana Mangano. This outstanding necklace sold for $190,312, tripling its pre-sale estimate.

A QUARTZ, ONYX AND DIAMOND PENDANT/BROOCH NECKLACE, BY BULGARI
The pendant of stylised star design, set with cabochon smokey quartz, onyx panels and diamond accents, to the longchain necklace of reeded bar-link design, interspersed with smokey quartz, onyx and diamond panels, circa 1975, pendant 8.0 cm, necklace 73.0 cm, mounted in gold, in pink leather Bulgari pouch
Signed Bvlgari

 

With an overall sell through rate of 88% by lot, the first set of Luxury Sales confirms that the market is confident and growing with significant participation from Asia.

François Curiel, Christie’s Chairman Europe and Asia commented: “The Luxury Sales this week were well attended both in the saleroom itself as well as a significant increase in online bidding this season across all three sales. Geneva has proven once again to be the right place to offer the most exquisite jewels, the rarest wines and important watches. A fantastic result was achieved for the heart-shaped diamond which sold for just under $15 million, setting a new record for a heart-shaped diamond sold at auction, surpassing the previous record of $10.9 million set at Christie’s in May 2011.” CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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