Following Christie’s impressive $118 million jewelry auction in Hong Kong earlier this week and establishing a new record for the most valuable jewelry auction ever held in Asia (see the highlights here), Christie’s officially announced today the highlights of its upcoming sale of Important Jewels on June 16 in New York.
This annual pre-summer event provides a fitting conclusion to the spring season of Christie’s worldwide jewelry auctions and features over 200 lots, including a diverse display of colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, and signed designer jewels. The total sale is expected to achieve $18 million.
From modest beginnings in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Margaret Adderley Kelly (pictured below), her husband, the late William R. Kelly and their son, Mr. Terence E. Adderley, shaped Kelly Services, Inc. into a Fortune 500 company that now employs over 550,000 people globally. Philanthropy was a cornerstone of her life and many organizations benefitted from her immense generosity.
In addition, jewels and fine gemstones were one of Mrs. Kelly’s greatest passions, and she demonstrated to be a collector with the discerning eye of a great connoisseur. The breadth of the collection represented a testament to her love for the exceptional, rare, and beautiful. On June 16, Christie’s will offer The Magnificent Jewels of Margaret Adderley Kelly, highlights of which include an Art Deco diamond pendant necklace suspending a D-color, Internally Flawless diamond of 16.24 carats and The Kelly Sapphire: a Kashmir sapphire of 21.71 carats, by Cartier, both represented here below:
In keeping with Christie’s strong track record of presenting the most exceptional colored and colorless diamonds and precious gemstones for sale, the top lot of the June 16 auction is an impressive cushion-cut K- color diamond of 80.73 carats. Additional highlights here in the gallery (click on an image to admire it full size):
Signed creations by world-renowned design houses such as Cartier, Graff, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels continue to command strong prices at Christie’s jewelry auctions worldwide. Each of these highly respected Maisons has their own signature style of design and craftsmanship, making their jewels unique and highly sought-after among collectors and connoisseurs – and also very likely to retain or increase in value over the long term. Highlights of the signed jewels section of Christie’s Important Jewels sale include the following:
Finally, here is a little gallery of additional, exceptional jewels I personally loved while going through the auction’s lots: