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.
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.
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.