Lot 172. A rare Belle Époque fancy vivid yellow diamond pendant, J.E. Caldwell and Co., circa 1910. Est: $250,000 - $350,000. © Freeman's

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman's November 1 Fine Jewelry auction features a diverse assortment of dazzling jewels from renowned makers including Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari. Comprised of 172 lots, including signed modern and antique designs, many pieces are expected to draw considerable attention and garner international interest. 

The sale features whimsical brooches, in the shape of a tennis racket (Lot 41, $2,000-3,000) and lily of the valley (Lot 82, $5,000-7,000); cultured pearls necklaces; diamond bracelets, including an Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet accented with trapezoidal, baguette, marquise, bullet- and circular-cut diamonds estimating 14.00 carats (Lot 171, $15,000-20,000); and numerous large diamonds. Most notably, the final lot of the sale, a rare Belle Époque fancy vivid yellow diamond pendant, circa 1910, weighs 10.59 carats and is estimated at $250,000-350,000. 


Lot 41. A sapphire, diamond, black onyx and eighteen karat gold tennis racquet brooch with french-cut sapphire set "strings" with round brilliant-cut diamond set ball and frame. Length: 1 3/4 in. Est: $2,000 - $3,000© Freeman's


Lot 171. An Art Deco diamond and platinum bracelet, circa 1930, centering an octagonal step-cut diamond, weighing approximately 1.80 carats, flanked by bullet-cut diamonds, further accented by sections of baguette, marquise and circular-cut diamonds; estimated total remaining diamond weight: 14.00 carats. Length: 7 1/4 in. Est: 15,000-20,000© Freeman's

Held until now in a private collection, a cushion-cut diamond is set within a 2.0 carat delicate wreath of three tiers of diamonds and platinum made by famous Philadelphia jeweler J.E. Caldwell. Boasting the strongest saturation of yellow possible for a colored diamond, it is the pendant's "vivid" rating, paired with its provenance and fresh-to-the-market status, that is expected to generate a swell of interest amongst diamond enthusiasts around the world. The diamond has VVS-2 clarity and is accompanied by a working diagram stating how the clarity can be improved. 

This is a rare and exceptional yellow diamond,” said Virginia Salem, GG, Department Head of Fine Jewelry. “The cut and the vivid color, combined with its impressive size, makes this piece truly remarkable.”  





Lot 172. A rare Belle Époque fancy vivid yellow diamond pendant, J.E. Caldwell and Co., circa 1910. Est: $250,000 - $350,000© Freeman's

centered by a fancy vivid yellow cushion-cut diamond, weighing 10.59 carats, set within a three tiered diamond frame, estimated total remaining diamond weight: 2.00 carats, set in platinum suspended by a fine link platinumchain, completed by a circular clasp with etched design accented by circular-cut diamonds; signed J.E.C. & Co. and numbered 65911. Length: 16 in. 

Accompanied by GIA report # 2185694243, dated August 25, 2017, stating natural fancy vivid yellow, even distribution and VVS-2 clarity. Identified as ''Potential''. Also accompanied by working diagram.

The sale features other noteworthy pieces from private collections, including a diamond solitaire ring centering a marquise-cut diamond, weighing 22.85 carats and mounted in platinum (Lot 162, estimated at $200,000-$300,000), along with a diamond and platinum cluster bracelet with clusters of pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds, totaling 45 carats (Lot 163, $40,000-$60,000), both from the collection a private Philadelphia lady. A diamond solitaire ring centering a marquise-shaped diamond, weighing 5.24 carats, comes from the private collection of a Palm Beach lady (Lot 168, $40,000-$60,000).  




Lot 162. A diamond solitaire ring centering a marquise-cut diamond, weighing 22.85 carats; mounted in platinum. Est: $200,000 - $300,000© Freeman's

Ring size: 2 1/4 (with sizing bead)

Accompanied by GIA report # 1186592698, dated July 12, 2017, stating W to X Range, light brown and SI-2 clarity.


Lot 163. A diamond and platinum cluster bracelet. Est: $40,000 - $60,000© Freeman's

designed as a cluster of pear-shaped and marquise-shaped diamonds; estimated total diamond weight: 45.00 carats, set in a handmade platinum wire setting. Length: 6 3/4 in



Lot 168. A diamond solitaire ring centering a marquise-shaped diamond, weighing 5.24 carats. Est: $40,000 - $60,000© Freeman's

flanked by tapering baguette-cut diamonds; estimated total remaining diamond weight: 0.80 carat; mounted in platinum with a fourteen karat white gold expansian shank. Ring size: 6 1/4 (expansion shank) 

Accompanied by GIA report # 5182376386, dated May 5, 2017, stating I color and VS-1 clarity. 

Collectors of signed pieces will enjoy the opportunity to bid on a Louis Comfort Tiffany pendant brooch, circa 1915 (Lot 2, $5,000-7,000). The rectangular cushion-cut black opal is surrounded by bezel-set demantoid garnet and sapphires and accented by grape leaves, suspended from a delicate removable chain. A heart-shaped opal and fourteen karat gold necklace from Tiffany & Co. (Lot 100, $7,000-9,000), features polished chevron gold links, centering three opals in a foliate motif, was designed by Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss of Newark, NJ, who designed substantial gold jewelry for Tiffany during the 1940s and 50s. 


Lot 2. A black opal, demantoid garnet and sapphire pendant brooch, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co., circa 1915. Est: $5,000 - $7,000© Freeman's

set with a rectangular cushion-cut black opal tablet surrounded by bezel-set demantoid garnets and sapphires accented by grape leaves, suspending from a removable delicate link chain accented by intricate links of sapphires and demantoids, set in eighteen karat gold. Length: 17 in. 


Lot 100. An opal and fourteen karat gold necklace, Wordley, Allsopp & Bliss, Tiffany & Co., circa 1940. Est: $7,000 - $9,000© Freeman's

designed as polished chevron gold links, centering three opals in a foliate motif, each measuring approximately 7.04 x 2.82mm, suspending a heart-shaped opal, measuring approximately 22.06 x 24.20 x 7.81mm. 29.6 dwt.; Length: 16 in. 

The sale also showcases a collection of statement pieces by Greek designer Ilias Lalaounis, who used his jewelry to create a link between past and present, finding inspiration in many different cultures and periods. An eighteen karat gold torque necklace with a tapered design with a repoussé and textured gold finish of scrolling vine motif complete with signed box (Lot 135, $6,000-$8,000) is joined by a striking 18.0 karat gold cuff bracelet with matching earrings (Lot 106, $2,000-$3,000). These pieces are classic examples of Lalaounis’ iconic designs.


Lot 135. An eighteen karat gold torque necklace, Ilias Lalaounis. Est: $6,000 - $8,000© Freeman's

tapered design with a repoussé and textured gold finish of a scrolling vine motif, with signed box. 123.3 dwt.; Diameter: 8 1/2 in. 


Lot 106. An eighteen karat gold cuff bracelet and earrings, Ilias Lalaounis. Est: $2,000 - $3,000© Freeman's

the cuff in repoussé, together with matching earrings. Gross weight: 56.4 dwt.; Inside circumference: 6 in.; Earrings: 2 in.