Christie’s New York will offer six diamonds valued at more than $1 million at its Magnificent Jewels auction on April 13. The sale will be led by “The Fuchsia Rose,” an 8.82-carat fancy-intense crimson-pink diamond that may be flawless on the inside. The modified pear-shaped gemstone is mounted on a platinum ring flanked by two 6.1-carat colorless diamonds. His estimate is $4 million to $6 million.
Colored and colorless diamonds make up the top 11 lots at this auction at Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters. Other outstanding features are:
- An 11.63 carat fancy blue diamond with VS1 clarity, mounted on platinum and 18k white gold. The square cut rectangular modified brilliant cut gemstone is flanked by two white diamonds. His estimate is $2.5 million to $3.5 million;
- An internally flawless 21.05 carat Round Brilliant cut diamond with an E color and superb cut, brilliance and symmetry. His estimate is $1.4 million to $2.4 million;
- A 2.44 carat round brilliant cut Fancy Intense Pink diamond with VVS1 clarity on a platinum and yellow gold ring further adorned with pear shaped diamonds. His estimate is $1 million to $2 million;
- A 51.28 carat round brilliant cut diamond with color I, clarity SI1 and excellent cut, brilliance and symmetry. His estimate is $1.3 million to $1.8 million; and
- A 15.31 carat brilliant yellow square cut diamond with an estimate of US$1 million to US$1.5 million.
Other Notable Items among the 72 lots These include a rare and historic antique diamond and enamel Subway pendant watch from Tiffany & Co. estimated at $20,000-$30,000, making its public debut at auction.
It was a commissioned ornament to commemorate the opening of the New York City subway system. Behind the domed glass on one side of the clock is soil taken at the subway groundbreaking ceremony on March 24, 1900, along with the initials of the original owner, Georgie Annie McDonald, daughter of John B. McDonald, who was responsible for the Responsible for overseeing the subway was construction of the city’s first subway line. The engraving along the outside reads “a piece of soil from the first shovel that Mayor Van Wyck took out at the groundbreaking ceremony for the first subway”.
Rounding out the auction is a special sale titled “Property from the Rockefeller Family” which includes: a Cartier Art Deco-style sapphire and diamond bracelet ($60,000-$80,000); a sapphire and diamond ring from Van Cleef & Arpels ($100,000 to $150,000); and an Art Deco necklace of emerald pearls, diamonds, and multiple gemstones ($100,000 to $150,000).
Public viewing is April 8-12 at Christie’s New York.