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NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York announces the April 13 auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online sale from April 8-20. The auction includes a significant selection of colorless diamonds, colored diamonds, and gemstones, along with signed pieces by Belperron, Bvlgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Hemmerle, JAR, Lacloche, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels. The sale will offer 217 lots, with estimates ranging from $10,000 to $2,500,000. An exhibition by appointment will be held at Christie’s New York by appointment from April 9-12.

The April 13th auction is led by ‘The Perfect Palette,’ a trio of sensational colored diamonds being offered as separate lots, which include a fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 2.13 carats ($2,000,000-3,000,000); a fancy vivid orange diamond ring of 2.34 carats ($1,500,000-2,500,000); and a fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring of 2.17 carats ($1,500,000-2,500,000). Additional significant colored diamonds include a fancy intense orangy pink diamond of 6.56 carats ($700,000-1,000,000); a fancy vivid yellow diamond ring of 25.55 carats ($925,000-1,225,000); and a fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring of 3.02 carats being offered without reserve ($1,000,000-1,500,000). 

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The Perfect PaletteLot 124. fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 2.13 carats. Estimate USD 2,000,000 - USD 3,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy vivid blue cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond of 2.13 carats, round diamonds, platinum. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 3.5 grams.

GIA, 2020, report no. 17451353: 2.13 carats, Fancy Vivid Blue, natural color, VS1 clarity.

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The Perfect PaletteLot 125. A fancy vivid orange diamond ring of 2.34 carats. Estimate USD 1,500,000- USD 2,500,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy vivid orange cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond of 2.34 carats, platinum and 18k yellow gold. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 3.2 grams

GIA, 2020, report no. 12126343: 2.34 carats, Fancy Vivid Orange, natural color, VS1 clarity.

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The Perfect PaletteLot 126. A fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring of 2.17 carats. Estimate USD 1,500,000- USD 2,500,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy vivid purplish pink cut-cornered square modified brilliant-cut diamond of 2.17 carats, round diamonds, platinum and 18k yellow gold. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 3.1 grams. 

GIA, 2020, report no: 17454749: 2.17 carats, Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink, natural color, SI1 clarity.

The Perfect Palette of spring colors is comprised of three stunning diamonds: a Fancy Vivid Blue diamond of 2.13 carats, a Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond of 2.17 carats and a Fancy Vivid Orange diamond of 2.34 carats. Each of these gemstones’ vibrant and richly saturated color is a wonder of nature. Only one in ten-thousand diamonds graded by the Gemological Institute of America is awarded the status of a fancy color, the highly regarded “vivid” saturation in color sets these diamonds in an entirely different class. These three stones, all formed by entirely different forces of nature, constitute a diamond collector’s dream.

Natural blue diamonds are among the rarest of colored diamonds and their color comes from the presence of minute amounts of the element boron incorporated within the lattice structure of the stone during its crystallization process. The necessary amount of boron is so minuscule, less than one boron atom per one-million of carbon atoms can give a diamond a blue color. The absorption of boron occurs approximately one-hundred-million years prior to the rough material being mined.

Pink diamonds, caused by an anomaly in the crystal lattice of the stone, have always been considered extremely rare. Historically found in India in the famous Golconda mines, pink diamonds typically display a faint pink pale hue with a chemically low nitrogen content. The 17th century gemstone trader, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, referred to pink diamonds as ‘rose’ colored. In the 1980s, a pink diamond source was discovered in Australia. Called the Argyle Mine, for a nearby lake, pink diamonds of small sizes were regularly mined for the first time in history. Since late 2020, the world’s preeminent source of pink diamonds is now closed.

Pure orange diamonds, not modified by any other color, are also referred to as 'fire diamonds' by famous gemologist Edwin Streeter in his book The Great Diamonds of the World. So few purely orange diamonds have been graded that the origin of their color still bears a mystery. According to the GIA, it is unusual for orange diamonds to reach such high levels of saturation to be deemed ‘Fancy Vivid’.

Colored diamonds of all hues are very difficult to cut from their rough form. If not calculated correctly, the color could be lost or disappear completely. The stone must be cut to maximize the color, yield the largest size and retain the stunning brilliance diamonds are famous for. The Perfect Palette displays both the wonders of nature and the skill of highly talented diamond cutters.

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Lot 159. A fancy intense orangy pink diamond ring of 6.56 caratsEstimate USD 700,000 - USD 1,000,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy intense orangy pink oval modified brilliant-cut diamond of 6.56 carats, tapered baguette-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k rose gold. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 6.0 grams.

GIA, 2021, report no. 2205796853: 6.56 carats, Fancy Intense Orangy Pink, natural color, VVS1 clarity.

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Lot 184. A fancy vivid yellow diamond ring of 25.55 caratsEstimate USD 925,000- USD 1,225,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy vivid yellow oval modified brilliant-cut diamond of 25.55 carats, tapered baguette-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k yellow gold. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 15.6 grams.

GIA, 2021, report no. 2215249943: 25.55 carats, Fancy Vivid Yellow, natural color, VS1 clarity, excellent polish and symmetry.

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Lot 217. A superb fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring of 3.02 caratsEstimate USD 1,000,000- USD 1,500,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021

Fancy vivid purplish pink oval mixed-cut diamond of 3.02 carats, round pink diamonds, 18k rose gold. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 2.4 grams.

GIA, 2020, report no. 2205228508: 3.02 carats, Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink, SI2 clarity.

Also leading the sale is a selection of impressive white diamonds led by a pear brilliant-cut diamond ring of 38.04 carats, D color, flawless clarity, Type IIa ($2,500,000-3,500,000); an emerald-cut diamond of 14.50 carats, D color, IF clarity, Type IIa ($700,000-1,000,000); and The Buhl-Mann Diamond Ring of 19.47 carats from The Property of an Elegant Midwestern Collector ($200,000-300,000). 

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Lot 200. pear brilliant-cut diamond ring of 38.04 carats, D color, flawless clarity, Type IIa. Estimate USD 2,500,000 - USD 3,500,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Pear brilliant-cut diamond of 38.04 carats, round diamonds, platinum. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 20.5 grams.

GIA, 2019, report no. 2201173112: 38.04 carats, D color, Flawless clarity, excellent polish and symmetry.

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Lot 74. An emerald-cut diamond of 14.50 carats, D color, IF clarity, Type IIa. Estimate USD 700,000 - USD 1,000,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Emerald-cut diamond of 14.50 carats, round diamonds, platinum. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6. Gross Weight: 9.2 grams.

GIA, 2020, report no. 6213310567: 14.50 carats, D color, Internally Flawless, Type IIa.

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Lot 120. The Buhl-Mann Diamond Ring of 19.47 carats from The Property of an Elegant Midwestern Collector. Estimate USD 700,000 - USD 1,000,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Square emerald-cut diamond of 19.47 carats, platinum. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6 (approximate). Gross Weight: 10.9 grams.

GIA, 2021, report no. 6214147316: 19.47 carats, I color, SI2 clarity.

Colored gemstones are also strongly represented by an exquisite Burmese ruby ring by F.J. Cooper, a prominent Philadelphia jeweler ($1,200,000-2,200,000); and a Colombian emerald ring by Cartier ($150,000–200,000). Additionally featured are 12 separate lots containing groupings of unmounted stones spanning diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds with estimates ranging from $2,000 to $30,000, all offered without reserve.

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Lot 52. An exquisite Burmese ruby ring by F.J. Cooper. Estimate USD USD 1,200,000 - USD 2,200,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Oval mixed-cut ruby, 22k gold, signed F.J.C., numbered. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 10 ½. Gross Weight: 20.4 grams.

SSEF, 2021, report no. 116394: Burma, no indications of heating
Gübelin, 2021, report no. 21030026: Burma, no indications of heating, accompanied by two information sheets regarding rubies from Mogok, Burma and unheated rubies
AGL, 2021, report no. 1113019: Burma, no gemological evidence of heat, accompanied by a letter attesting to the fine qualities and rarity of this ruby
GIA, 2021, report no. 6214347439: Burma, no indications of heating.

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Lot 215. Colombian emerald ring by CartierEstimate USD 150,000 - USD 200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Rectangular-cut emerald, tapered baguette-cut diamonds, yellow gold and platinum, signed Cartier, numbered, red Cartier case. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 4 ¾. Gross Weight: 10.0 grams.

AGL, 2021, report no. 1112698: Colombia, moderate clarity enhancement, traditional type

Private collections within the sale offer signed pieces by Belperron, Bvlgari, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura incorporating gemstones of the highest quality with refined design. The Estate of Jacqueline Leeds contains over 38 jewels across the live and online sales and features a pear brilliant-cut diamond of 16.48 carats, J color, VS2 clarity ($180,000-220,000); and a suite of Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond jewelry ($50,000-70,000). The Property of an Elegant Midwestern Collector contains eight jewels and three of which are by JAR including a pair of sapphire, pink sapphire and diamond earrings ($80,000-120,000).

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Lot 50. From the Estate of Jacqueline Leeds. A pear brilliant-cut diamond of 16.48 carats, J color, VS2 clarity. Estimate USD 180,000 - USD 220,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Pear brilliant-cut diamond of 16.48 carats, tapered baguette-cut diamonds, platinum. Size/Dimensions: US ring size 5 ¾. Gross Weight: 10.0 grams.

GIA, 2021, report no. 6213496600: 16.48 carats, J color, VS2 clarity

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Lot 51. From the Estate of Jacqueline Leeds. A suite of Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond jewelry. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Round rubies and diamonds, 18k yellow gold, circa 1965, both signed Van Cleef & Arpels, necklace with maker's mark, each numbered, gray Van Cleef & Arpels envelope pouch for necklace. Size/Dimensions: necklace 39.6 x 3.1 cm (15 ½ x 1 ¼ in); earrings 3.6 x 2.5 cm (1 3/8 x 1 in). Gross Weight: 124.1 grams. 

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Lot 123. The Property of an Elegant Midwestern Collector. A pair of striking sapphire, pink sapphire and diamond earrings, by JAR. Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Cushion-cut sapphires, round pink sapphires, round diamonds, 18k rose gold and silver, signed JAR, pink JAR case. Size/Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.2 cm (2 ½ x 7/8 in). Gross Weight: 30.5 grams.

Specially featured in the sale is a Bvlgari diamond and onyx ‘Serpenti’ wristwatch which pays homage to the celebrated actress, activist, and renowned jewelry collector Elizabeth Taylor. The elegant timepiece was donated by Bvlgari with proceeds designated for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). Working tirelessly on the AIDS crisis through the 1980s, Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 to reach her vision of an AIDS-free world. ETAF’s work ensures that HIV prevention education and access to treatment is available through domestic and international initiatives. ETAF’s initiative HIV Is Not A Crime advocates for the modernization of criminal laws and penalties affecting people living with HIV.

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Lot 57. Bvlgari diamond and onyx ‘Serpenti’ wristwatch. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

Quartz movement, black dial, round diamonds, onyx plaques, 18k rose gold (Swiss marks), signed Bvlgari, Fabrique in Suisse, numbered, accompanied by an unsigned pin to set time. Size/Dimensions: dial 26 mm, flexible bracelet with resting inner circumference of 12.7 cm (5 in). Gross Weight: 133.3 grams.

The Jewels Online sale (April 8-20) features a broad selection of fine jewels and iconic designs by Bvlgari, Cartier, David Webb, Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., JAR, and Van Cleef & Arpels.