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Auction Results: Christie’s Magnificent Jewels – Geneva, November 10

A spectacular session, the one held yesterday at Christie’s Geneva, on the occasion of the Magnificent Jewels auction, which established the new world record for the largest pink diamond of its kind at auction. The Pink, now christened Sweet Josephine by its new owner, realised an astonishing $28,523,925. The sale, offering 408 lots, of which 327 were sold, realised a total of $109,492,525 (80% by lot and 82% by value).

Here are all the top lots and the auction results (prices include buyer’s premium).

 

The Sweet Josephine, aka The Pink.
The Sweet Josephine, aka The Pink.

THE LARGEST CUSHION-SHAPED FANCY VIVID PINK DIAMOND AT AUCTION (video)
Set with a cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond, weighing approximately 16.08 carats, within a diamond twin surround, to the pink diamond gallery and diamond-set hoop, ring size 6, mounted in platinum and gold
Accompanied by report no. 5101646581 dated 18 December 2014 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Vivid Pink colour, VVS2 clarity, and a Diamond Classification Letter indicating that the diamond had been determined to be Type IIa.

Pice realised: $28,523,925 ($1,773,875 per carat). Buyer: Asian Private.

 

 

A D colour internally flawless diamond ring set with a pear brilliant-cut diamond, weighing circa 50.48 carats. Estimate upon request.
A D colour internally flawless diamond ring set with a pear brilliant-cut diamond, weighing circa 50.48 carats. Estimate upon request.

A MAGNIFICENT DIAMOND RING
Set with a pear brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 50.48 carats, to the plain hoop, ring size 6½, mounted in platinum
Accompanied by report no. 5171280733 dated 28 August 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D colour, Internally 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.

Price realised: $7,837,749 ($155,264 per carat). Buyer: International Trade.

 

 

An important coloured diamond pendant
An important coloured diamond pendant

AN IMPORTANT COLOURED DIAMOND PENDANT
The fancy vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 91.81 carats, within a four-claw mount, to the pavé-set diamond loop, suspended from a black silk cord necklace, 46.5 cm, mounted in gold
Accompanied by report no. 2173094772 dated 26 March 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Vivid Yellow colour, VS2 clarity.

Price realised: $4,278,837 ($46,605 per carat). Buyer: Middle Eastern Trade.

 

 

An impressive unmounted sapphire.
An impressive unmounted sapphire.

AN IMPRESSIVE UNMOUNTED SAPPHIRE
The cushion-shaped sapphire weighing approximately 118.88 carats, in blue leather fitted case
Accompanied by report no. 14038086 dated 29 March 2014 from the Gübelin GemLab stating that the origin of the sapphire is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating, and a colour variety that may be also called ‘Royal Blue’ in the trade, also with an Information Sheet on ‘Unheated sapphires’ and an Appendix indicating that ‘The 118.88 ct natural sapphire (…) possesses a combination of outstanding characteristics. It displays a homogeneous and richly saturated royal blue colour, which typifies the finest of these gems. The depth of colour, combined with a high clarity and brilliance, all contribute to the beauty of the gem.’
Premium Appendix no. 73209 dated 11 March 2014 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the sapphire is Burma (Myanmar), with no indications of heating, and a colour that may also be called ‘Royal Blue’ in the trade, and an Appendix letter on this exceptional sapphire.

Price realised: $4,167,621 ($35,057 per carat). Buyer: Middle Eastern Trade.

 

 

A pair of exceptional emerald and diamond earrings.
A pair of exceptional emerald and diamond earrings.

A PAIR OF EXCEPTIONAL EMERALD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS
Each octagonal step-cut emerald, weighing approximately 13.56 and 12.91 carats respectively, suspended from circular-cut diamond connecting links and square-cut diamond surmounts, weighing approximately 1.84 and 1.81 carats, 3.0 cm, mounted in platinum and gold.
Accompanied by report and Premium Appendix no. 75378 dated 24 June 2014 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the emeralds is Colombia, with no indications of clarity modification, and an Appendix on ‘Exceptional Pair of Emeralds’ indicating that ‘…the combination of their attractive saturated green colour and fine purity make them an outstandingly matching pair of emeralds’.
Report no. 12085116/1 and 2 dated 31 August 2012 from the Gübelin GemLab stating that the origin of the emeralds is Colombia, with no indications of clarity enhancement.

Report no. 7196936665 dated 4 May 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 1.84 carat diamond is G colour, VVS2 clarity.
Report no. 6195903481 dated 30 April 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the 1.81 carat diamond is G colour, VS1 clarity.

Price realised: $3,945,189 ($149,044 per carat). Buyer: European Private.

 

 

A diamond ring by Harry Winston.
A diamond ring by Harry Winston.

A DIAMOND RING, BY HARRY WINSTON
Set with a cut-cornered rectangular-cut diamond, weighing approximately 25.80 carats, between tapering baguette-cut diamond shoulders, ring size 3½.
Signed Winston for Harry Winston.
Accompanied by report no. 6173229537 dated 17 August 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D colour, VVS2 clarity; and a Diamond Type Classification letter stating that the diamond has been determined to be Type IIa.

Price realised: $2,944,245 ($114,118 per carat). Buyer: US Trade.

 

 

Elena di Francia, Duchess of Aosta's fabulous emerald and diamond fringe necklace (estimate: US$1,479,907-2,449,501)
Elena di Francia, Duchess of Aosta’s fabulous emerald and diamond fringe necklace.

AN HISTORIC EARLY 19TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND FRINGE NECKLACE
Designed as a series of nine graduated emerald and diamond square-shaped clusters, the central cluster with a large cushion-shaped emerald drop suspended from a diamond-set scroll mount and flanked by two smaller drops, the diamond collet intersections with smaller emerald and diamond square-shaped cluster drops, circa 1810, 42.5 cm, mounted in silver and gold, in pink leather case
Accompanied by reports nos. 79796, 79801, 79804 and 79805 dated 2 April 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the emeralds weighing 4.21, 2.84, 2.22 and 2.17 carats is Colombia, with no indications of clarity modification.
Reports nos. 79802, 79803 and 80244 dated 2 april and 27 May 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the origin of the emeralds weighing 2.73, 2.32 and 1.79 carats is Colombia, with indications of minor amount of oil.
Reports nos. 79794, 79795, 79797, 79798, 79799 and 79800 dated 2 April 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute statingt that the origin of the emeralds weighing 16.78, 8.14, 3.82, 3.78, 3.65 and 3.47 carats is Colombia, with indications of moderate amount of oil.

Price realised: $2,610,597. Buyer: Anonymous.

 

 

An exceptional natural pearl and diamond necklace.
An exceptional natural pearl and diamond necklace.

AN EXCEPTIONAL NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
The single-strand composed of thirty-seven slightly graduated natural pearls, measuring approximately 11.70 to 9.50 mm, to the marquise-cut diamond clasp, 43.0 cm, mounted in platinum and gold
Accompanied by report no. 78520 dated 4 March 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that 36 pearls are natural saltwater pearls, and that 1 pearl is a natural freshwater pearl.

Price realised: $2,209,425. Buyer: European Trade.

 

 

A very fine single strand and diamond necklace, with marquise cut diamond clasp. Estimate: US$1,479,907 - $1,939,188.
A very fine single strand and diamond necklace, with marquise cut diamond clasp.

A SUPERB SINGLE-STRAND NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE
Composed of forty-five natural pearls, measuring approximately 12.2 to 8.2 mm, to the marquise-cut diamond clasp, 48.0 cm
Accompanied by report no. 82348 dated 28 September 2015 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the 45 pearls are natural saltwater pearls.

Price realised: $2,149,845. Buyer: Middle Eastern Trade.

 

 

A rare bluish grey diamond ring, weighing circa 25.00 carats. Estimate US$1,173,719 - $1,479,907.
A rare bluish grey diamond ring, weighing circa 25.00 carats.

A RARE COLOURED DIAMOND RING
Set with a fancy dark bluish gray cushion-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 25.00 carats, between diamond-set bifurcated shoulders, ring size 6½, mounted in gold
Accompanied by report no. 2173056346 dated 28 May 2015 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is Fancy Dark Bluish Gray colour.

Price realised: $1,971,105 ($78,844 per carat). Buyer: European Trade.

 

 

 

Post edited by Claudia Carletti, Jewellery Through Time. All material courtesy of Christie’s Press Office.

 

 

 

 

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