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Imperial Jewels at Christie’s Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 marzo 2021

GENEVA – May 2021 marks 200 years since the death of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), and it is an extraordinary coincidence that this spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860) will be offered for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on 12 May 2021. The nine pieces, including a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet will be offered as individual lots. A total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon were used to create this parure in the early 1800s. The collection also includes the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the centre.Napoleon I married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796, who was Stephanie’s aunt. Stephanie was born on 28 August 1789, unfortunately her mother died two years later and she spent her early years with the nuns in the French country side. Soon after her aunt’s marriage to Napoléon I she joined them and grew up in Versailles and Paris. A month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoléon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoléon and was therewith able to marry into the Baden Family on 6 April 1806, when she said yes to Prince Charles of Baden. Together they had five children; two boys, who died in infancy, and three daughters. A record in writing, found between the boxes of jewels, stated that these sapphire jewels were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais. Such an origin is very likely. In many paintings Hortense, and her mother Empress Josephine, can be seen wearing precious belts. Furthermore, Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoléon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewellery. After Stephanie’s death in 1860 the sapphire parure described as ‘necklace, pendant, earrings, 7 pins and a belt’ was inherited by Stephanie’s second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. Under Napoléon’s court, belts decorated with precious stones were part of any jewellery parure, as fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt which was placed just under the décolleté. It seems the belt was remodelled into a bandeau-tiara and a bracelet by Princess Josephine, who died in 1900, aged 83. In her will, she left the sapphires (necklace, bandeau-tiara, earrings, pendants and bracelet) to her eldest son, Léopold (1835-1905). At this point, Stephanie’s sapphire parure was joined by another spectacular sapphire jewel: a crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal (1819-1853).Maria was born in 1819 in Rio, where her family, the Braganza dynasty, took refuge when Napoléon I invaded their kingdom of Portugal. Her father Pedro, King of Portugal and 1st Emperor of Brazil, abdicated the crown of Portugal in her favour in 1826. Therewith, Maria da Gloria became Queen of Portugal at the age of seven. She died in 1853 after having given birth to 11 children. Her seventh child Infanta Antonia (1845-1913) married Léopold, Prince of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen in 1861, and it is believed that their union united the two sapphire parures.

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Jewels Online – La Dolce Vita – 20 January to 3 February

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 gennaio 2021

Milan. Christie’s presents Jewels Online – La Dolce Vita (20 January to 3 February), spanning over 75 examples of fine jewels and iconic designs from the most renowned Italian and international jewellery houses. Works by Bulgari, Buccelati, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels are all represented alongside the small but charming collection of Franca Valeri, Italy’s first female comedian actress who passed away last summer at the age of 100.The online sale also offers a selection of 25 watches, incorporating the most reputable brands, with internationally sought-after models such as the Rolex Daytona, Rolex Submariner or vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches.From Franca Valeri’s collection come a leading jewellery piece, a sapphire Trombino ring made by Bulgari in the 1970s. The Trombino (translated as ‘little trumpet’) is one of Bulgari’s most successful and long-lasting designs. The first model appeared in the early 1930s and was instantly popular because it allowed the gemstone to stand proud. The shank of the Trombino ring was a broad band of pavé-set diamonds graduated to a horizontal line of baguette-cut diamonds. The example in the sale is a cabochon sapphire Trombino ring weighing 11.9 cts, estimated at €6,000-8,000.

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Christie’s Important Jewels Auction To Star Jewels From Eugénie

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

London Christie’s Important Jewels auction on 27 November in London will present historic jewels formerly in the collection of Eugénie, The Last Empress Of France. Offered at auction will be an important pair of 19th century natural pearl earrings (estimate: £60,000-80,000), alongside a mid-19th century ruby and diamond heart locket pendant, circa 1850-60, (estimate: £10,000-15,000). The locket was included in the 2008 exhibition, Le Musée Chaumet, Le Grand Frisson – Bijoux de Sentiment, de la Renaissance à nos jours, in Paris. Adorned with circular-cut rubies and old and rose-cut diamonds, a glazed compartment on the reverse of the pendant contains a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon Ill. Married to Napoleon III, Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920) was a woman of great elegance, beauty and charm. Born in Granada, Spain, she was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court. From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugénie did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie, which at that time inspired the whole of Europe. Her love of jewellery being legendary, she had many Crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous jewellers in Paris including Bapst and Chaumet.

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A Historic Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara By Fabergé – Magnificent Jewels

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 marzo 2019

Geneva – Made in 1904 as a wedding gift from Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1882-1945) to his bride Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland (1882-1963), this Fabergé tiara is of symbolic design with forget-me-not flowers tied with ribbon bows, signifying true and eternal love, pierced by arrows representing cupid, a token of endearment, attraction and affection. Composed of nine graduated pear-shaped aquamarines, old, cushion and rose-cut diamonds, this historic tiara will be offered at auction for the first time in the upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 15 May in Geneva, and is offered with a pre-sale estimate of CHF 230,000–340,000 / $ 230,000-340,000).
The Grand Duke’s mother, Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, was a keen Fabergé collector, and encouraged him to order his wedding present at the atelier Fabergé in St Petersburg. At the time of their marriage, which took place on 7 June 1904, Frederick was 22 years old and Alexandra, 21. Archives show correspondence between the Grand Ducal Cabinet of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Eugène Fabergé, revealing deliberations on a commission of an important jewel. One of the letters dated 10 May discussed the possibilities that could be offered: ‘a diamond tiara’ for 10’000 roubles or ‘an aquamarine and diamond tiara’ for 7’500 roubles, and that only using aquamarines as gemstones was not possible. Another letter referred to drawings with designs Fabergé proposed for the top section of the tiara, sent to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna for her son’s approval. However, these drawings went missing. Fabergé expressed concerns that he held no copies himself and did not know which design appealed to the Grand Duke.Two weeks before the marriage Fabergé wrote to the Grand Ducal Cabinet that he was yet to receive any instructions to proceed. For a second time he asked for the return of the drawings as he could not advance his work without them. A subsequent letter referred to a completion for the wedding on 7 June, as requested by the Grand Duke by which Fabergé declared that it was impossible to execute the commission in such a short time. On the day of the wedding, Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland wore the traditional Hanoverian nuptial crown. The diamond-set coronet that had been in her family for more than a century was commissioned in 1761 for the wedding of King George III of England and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Fabergé tiara, her own special wedding gift from the Grand Duke, followed later. Given the extreme rarity of such a magnificent jewel combined with historic provenance, Christie’s is incredibly honored to be able to offer this tiara for sale, more than a century since it was first revealed.

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Geneva Magnificent Jewels

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

Geneva – Christie’s upcoming auction of Magnificent Jewels will take place on 13 November at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, where over 300 exceptional jewels await collectors from around the globe. Incomparable diamonds, gemstones and pearls will lead this autumn season, with a focus on signed pieces by the Jewellery masters of the past 200 years, including three pieces by the renowned contemporary master JAR. The Pink Legacy, the largest and finest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever offered at auction by the company, will highlight the Luxury Week in Geneva. Weighing just under 19 carats (18.96 carats), this exceptional rectangular-cut, unrivaled pink diamond, has descended from the Oppenheimer Family and is estimated at CHF/US$ 30 to 50 million. Sapphires and diamonds set in platinum or white gold are a great match, either as rings, bracelets, brooches, earrings or tiaras. The exceptional sapphire and diamond earrings by David Morris are one such example, made of two step-cut sapphires of 40.29 and 38.60 carats suspended by circular-cut white diamonds (estimate CHF/US$1,200,000-1,800,000-illustrated above left). The signature design of the panther by Cartier is particularly expressive when set in diamonds and onyx as illustrated above centre (estimate: CHF/US$150,000-250,000). Several other blue and white themed jewels include an attractive cushion-shaped sapphire of 16.33 carats set as a ring between triangular-shaped and circular-cut diamonds (estimate: CHF/US$1,400,000-2,400,000-illustrated above right) and a 7.83 carat Kashmir sapphire set between baguette-cut diamonds (estimate: CHF/US$400,000-600,000 – not illustrated).

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Geneva Luxury Auctions Full Results

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 novembre 2017

JewelsGeneva – The Christie’s Geneva November series of sales achieved a total of CHF144,007,100 / $144,903,265, attracting over 4,600 visitors to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. This brings the total for Christie’s Geneva auctions in 2017 to CHF256,012,620 / $258,588,868 with 27 lots sold for over $1 million. The Magnificent Jewels auction concluded Christie’s November Geneva sales, which was led by The Art of de GRISOGONO, Creation 1, an emerald and diamond necklace set with a rectangular cut, D-colour, flawless diamond of 163.41 carats. This was the largest flawless D-colour diamond ever to come to auction and sold for CHF33,500,000 / $33,705,994, setting a new world auction record. (photo: Jewels)

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Magnificent Jewels

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 aprile 2016

Oppenheimer BlueGeneva – Christie’s is proud to present the Oppenheimer Blue, the largest and finest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever offered at auction. Weighing 14.62 carats, this exceptional stone will lead Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels, held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. This exceptional blue diamond, named in honor of its previous owner Sir Philip Oppenheimer, is estimated at US$38-45 million.
‘On May 18th, Christie’s will present the largest and finest Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ever seen. This stunning Fancy Vivid Blue rectangular-cut gem promises to create a media sensation as it travels around the world, fascinating both collectors and gem enthusiasts alike, before it makes its way to the auction block in Geneva.’ (photo: Oppenheimer Blue)

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Sicilia oro

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 novembre 2015

sicilia oro1sicilia oroCatania. Aperto sino a lunedì 9 novembre (fino alle 14.00) presso il centro fieristico di Etnapolis a Belpasso, Catania, Sicilia Oro è organizzato da Rudy Piccardi, la cui organizzazione da 40 anni, per due edizioni all’anno, racconta la storia dell’affascinante mondo orafo italiano, sempre pronto a stupire e reinventarsi grazie al sempreverde Made in Italy.
Fin dalle prime ore della mattina di oggi, subito un ottimo riscontro da parte di buyer e visitatori, soddisfatti per gli incontri/business avuti e per l’enorme ventaglio di offerte commerciali proposte dai 90 espositori provenienti da tutti i distretti orafi italiani. Tante le proposte, come sempre per ogni esigenza, che il mercato richiede ma immancabili le linee guida che dettano mode e tendenze della gioielleria e del lusso trasversale per le prossime stagioni. Tendenze nuove sempre in evoluzione: quelle a partire dal 2017 vedranno un’attenzione verso il tema dell’ambiente marino caratterizzato da linee fluide oppure i Crown Jewels, bijoux scintillanti che richiamano i gioielli della corona, mentre nel comparto diamanti domineranno le tendenze Below Zero, linee essenziali dove il diamante è il vero protagonista e Raw Sophistication dove il colore e astrazioni organiche esaltano le bellezza dei diamanti colorati.
Per quanto riguarda le tendenze più prossime, quelle autunno/inverno 2016, invece, la parola d’ordine è stupire … ma con stile. I principali brand siciliani, italiani ed esterni presenti a Sicilia oro hanno pensato a tutta una serie di preziosi che si faranno notare, per i colori e i motivi, studiati per accontentare ogni stile e ogni donna. Gli anni Sessanta e Settanta sono sempre attuali anche nel 2016, ma prendono forza anche gli Ottanta per via del color block che avrà una predominanza non indifferente. I gioielli saranno oversize e appariscenti ma anche colorati e vivaci, oltre che etnici e un pò African Style. Andranno particolarmente di moda le collane rigide o che segnano dolcemente il decollete, così come gli orecchini pendenti e i braccialetti rigidi o bangle, che sapranno dare personalità a ogni outfit.
Tra le vetrine di Sicilia Oro non mancano i classici intramontabili, i diamanti, le pietre preziose incastonate in raffinate montature e le collezioni uomo più accattivanti. Borse, cinture, orologi, accessori moda, macchinari per la sicurezza … arricchiscono ulteriormente le proposte commerciali di questa 80° Sicilia Oro.
Siamo contenti di essere tornati ad Etnafiere per quest’edizione autunnale di Sicilia Oro – ha detto Rudy Piccardi -. La squadra messa in campo sono certo che sarà vincente, del resto la qualità alla fine paga sempre e noi siamo stati particolarmente attenti nella selezione degli espositori, tutti di livello elevatissimo che fanno di questa Fiera un evento nazionale, l’unico in Sicilia. Gli operatori del settore stanno già trovando tutto ciò che il mercato richiede comprese le ultimissime tendenze, pronte a spopolare nei negozi di tutta Italia”.
La Fiera sarà ancora aperta domani, domenica 8 novembre, dalle 10.00 alle 19.00 e lunedì 9 novembre dalle 10.00 alle 14.00. (foto: sicilia oro)

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Magnificent Jewels

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 novembre 2014

gioielliHong Kong – This fall, Christie’s Hong Kong will hold its Magnificent Jewels sale on 25 November, presenting a spectacular spectrum of grand gemstones and jewels. The sale consists of approximately 300 lots, estimated to fetch combined total of HK$650 million / US$80 million. Led by a 10.10 carats Burmese no heat pigeon’s blood red ruby, a 2.09 carats fancy red diamond and a 3.39 carats fancy vivid blue internally flawless clarity diamond, the auction also features a dazzling rainbow of coloured gemstones from Kashmir sapphires to Colombian emeralds, as well as a grand selection of multi-coloured diamonds. Further complementing the sale are a pair of sizable jadeite cabochon ear studs and an important natural coloured pearl and diamond pendant necklace.

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Rare gemstones, and signed jewels

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 ottobre 2014

christie'sChristie’s New York announces highlights of its upcoming Important Jewels auction on October 22. With 350 jewels on offer, the sale features an array of colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, and signed jewels – led by a magnificent rectangular-cut potentially internally flawless diamond pendant necklace of 81.38 carats (illustrated above; estimate: $2,800,000 – 3,500,000). Estimates range from $3,000 up to $4 million, and the total sale is expected to achieve in excess of $30 million.
In the first half of 2014, Christie’s International Jewelry department achieved their highest ever half-year result at US$362 million and established 8 new world auction records. The May 14 Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s Geneva saw the highest total ever achieved for a jewelry auction at US$154 million that included the record-breaking WINSTON BLUE diamond (US$23.8 million), which set a new world auction record price per carat for a blue diamond at US$1.8 million per carat.
RAHUL KADAKIA, INTERNATIONAL HEAD OF CHRISTIE’S JEWELRY, commented: “We are excited to begin our fall jewelry season with this promising sale of Important Jewels on October 22 at Christie’s New York. From an impressive cushion shaped diamond of over 100 carats to a chic multi-strand moonstone bead necklace, by Tiffany & Co., the sale has a jewel for everyone. We look forward to seeing collectors back in our saleroom in New York and then Geneva, Hong Kong, Paris, and London as the season progresses.”

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