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Kashmir sapphires, Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds: Transformable jewels to star in Christie’s Nov 12 auction

The jewels, which were on view at Christie’s London last month, will travel to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.

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Nov 02, 2019, 12.00 PM IST
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Art Deco Diamond Brooches, Cartier. (Image: christies.com)
Come November 12, you have a chance to buy yourself some coloured diamonds, pearls, Kashmir sapphires, Burmese rubies and Colombian emeralds as well as signed jewels and historic pieces. These precious gems will be up for grabs at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction.

The jewels, which were on view at Christie’s London last month, will travel to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva next week, and can be viewed by those wanting to feast their eyes. Transformable jewels will star in the sale with art deco designs from Cartier, including three brooches, formerly in the collection of Countess Béatrice of Granard OBE (1883-1972) (estimate: CHF 180,000 - 220,000 /Rs 1.2 crore to Rs 1.5 crore ). Born Beatrice Mills, daughter of the American financier and banker Ogden Mills, Beatrice became known as a famous hostess and racehorse owner and breeder. She married in 1909 the 8th Earl of Granard, living between Paris and Castle Forbes in Ireland.

Then there is an art deco diamond Bandeau by Cartier, which can also be worn as a choker, two bracelets and as a brooch (estimate: CHF 300,000 - 500,000 /approx Rs 2 crore to 3.5 crore). The bandeau was in fashion during the early 20th century and is said to enjoy a resurgence today. It transcended the art nouveau, belle epoque and into the art deco period where the bandeau was the most fashionable accessory.
Superb Art Deco Diamond Bandeau, Cartier. (Image: ​christies.com​)
Superb Art Deco Diamond Bandeau, Cartier. (Image: christies.com)

Further examples of transformable jewels from leading jewellery houses include an iconic diamond ‘zip’ necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. The auction will also present an unusual turquoise and diamond Belle Époque brooch, circa 1910, acquired by Dame Nellie Melba at the peak of her career. She was a popular singer in the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. Fun fact: Peach Melba, a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream was named after her.
Diamond ‘Zip’ necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. (Image: ​​​christies.com​)
Diamond ‘Zip’ necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. (Image: christies.com)

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By Viandra D'souza The world’s largest gold ring according to the Guinness Book of Records, the Najmat Taiba, will be on display in Sharjah in June. The 21-carat Najmat Taiba weighs 64 kg, and is studded with five lakh diamonds and precious stones, as well as 615 Swarovski crystals Take a look at other jewellery pieces that made headlines with their size. (Image: www.dubaicity.com)
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