It is a rare event to view such a beautiful and highly important collection of jewels and it is a unique testament to its knowledgeable collector, Dimitri Mavrommatis.
This fine collection brings together very rare precious stones and avant-garde jewellery designs, reflecting the unerring instinct of this consummate collector, and placing it among the most important ensembles of jewels and gemstones.
This autumn, Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva presents the Collection of eminent connoisseur Dimitri Mavrommatis, comprising the Graff Ruby, a gem Burmese ruby of 8.62 carats, alongside an exceptional 27.54 carat Kashmir sapphire ring and a selection of fine gemstones including white and coloured diamonds and Colombian emeralds. The collection also features unique pieces by the celebrated jeweller JAR.
You can admire all these pieces in this video released by Sotheby’s:
Another highlight of the sale is a private collection of exquisite Cartier pieces including a superb “Model A” Mystery Clock.
In the Noble Jewels section, the spotlight falls on Queen Joséphine’s natural pearl and diamond necklace, a jewel of historical importance, formerly in the collection of Joséphine de Beauharnais, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1807-1876) and likely once the property of Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763- 1814), first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress of the French.
The necklace was inherited from her mother, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (1788-1856), who likely received it as a gift from her mother-in-law Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress of the French.
Well-documented royal provenance adds to the value of this double row of beautiful round, white pearls with seven detachable pear-shaped drops. The necklace is illustrated in Queen’s Jewels by Vincent Meylan (2000), and was exhibited at the National Museum in Stockholm for the exhibition Precious gems: Jewellery from eight centuries (2000).
The necklace is accompanied by an oil portrait which depicts the Queen of Sweden and Norway wearing the piece:
To follow David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland and Chairman of the Jewellery Department for Europe and the Middle East:
We are thrilled to be offering exquisite jewels from the Collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis, such as the sensational Graff Ruby, alongside stunning creations by JAR. The exceptional quality of this collection is a testament to Dimitri Mavrommatis’ discerning eye and impeccable taste. The sale also offers a very fine selection of striking diamonds and magnificent coloured gemstones, as well as several very impressive pieces with historic significance and fascinating provenance, presenting collectors with a wonderful opportunity to own truly unique jewels.
Material courtesy of Sotheby’s official web site and of Sotheby’s press office.