Posted on September 3, 2013 by

Impressive estate jewelry will be the main attractions of Sotheby’s NY auction on September 24.

By Anthony DeMarco


Impressive Estate Jewelry from Sotheby’s NY Auction

Three Massive Diamond Rings Share Spotlight In Sotheby’s Upcoming Auction

A Harry Winston platinum ring centered with an emerald-cut 19.51-carat diamond will be one of three such rings that have high estimates of more than $1 million atSotheby’s New York Important Jewels auction on September 24.

The ring, flanked by two triangle-shaped diamonds weighing 2.92 carats, has a pre-auction estimate of $1.2 – $1.8 million. It is from the family of George Rothman, the successful real estate developer and philanthropist who created the Rothman Foundation. It is the top lot among a collection of jewelry the family has put on sale that include pieces by Bulgari, David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Not to be outdone by arguably the world’s most famous jeweler, a pear-shaped diamond weighing 15.10 carats, flanked by two smaller pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 2 carats will also appear in the sale with an estimate of $1.25 million – $1.75 million. The ownership is identified by the auction house as being from a New York estate.

Finally, there’s a 9.77-carat, cut-cornered rectangular step-cut diamond accented by small round diamonds weighing approximately 0.70 carat, and mounted on platinum. The ring, which is identified as the property of a lady from Texas, has an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million.

1.08-carat, pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond. Photo credit: Sotheby’s

Fancy colored diamonds have made their mark in recent years on the auction market and Sotheby’s leader in this category for the upcoming auction is a 1.08-carat pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond, on a platinum mounting accented by round near colorless diamonds. This item has an estimate of $450,000 – $650,000.

The upcoming auction will also feature several pieces from the collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt, with custom-designed and period pieces by French jewelers such as Schlumberger, Suzanne Belperron and René Boivin.

Platinum, palladium and diamond ‘Triple-Band’ cuff-bracelet by Suzanne Belperron. Photo credit: Sotheby’s

One of the standouts in this group is a platinum, palladium and diamond triple-band cuff-bracelet by Belperron. It was worn by Elisabeth Lewyt on her wedding day. The bracelet has three tapered rows set with 75 old mine-cut diamonds weighing approximately 16.95 carats. It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

Other items of note from the Lewyt collection include:

* A platinum and diamond double-clip pendant-brooch by Schlumberger, set with marquise-shaped diamonds weighing 5.22 and 5.28 carats, both E color, VS1 clarity; estimate $200,00 – $300,000; and

18K gold, diamond, citrine and ruby Dog Brooch by René Boivin. Photo credit: Sotheby’s

* An 18k yellow gold reclining Labrador retriever brooch by Boivin. The torso, ears, paws and tail of the dog are set with numerous round and single-cut diamonds of near colorless, brown and yellow hues weighing approximately 28.95 carats. The collar is set with 19 buff-topped rubies. The eyes are made of two cabochon citrines and the nose and pads on the back paws are accented by a blackened gold. Its estimate is $70,000 – $90,000.

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