Past Auction

Important Jewelry

Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 10am EST |
New York
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  • Sale of Important Jewelry on December 14, 2016
  • Featuring Jewelry from Prominent Estates and Collections
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Evaluation of Your Jewelry and Fine Watches

Doyle's auction of Important Jewelry on December 14, 2016 offered an array of glittering creations perfect for that special person on your list! Showcased was exquisite jewelry spanning the Antique, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern eras by the world's most prestigious makers, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston, David Webb, Bulgari and Tiffany & Co. Also featured was a selection of high carat weight diamond rings, as well as fine watches and objets de vertu, including elegant compacts and gentlemen's cufflinks.

Highlighting the auction was a glittering diamond bracelet by Daniel K for Jacob & Co. The stylish flexible bracelet, totaling approx. 55.50 carats, sold for $150,000, at the top end of its $100,000-150,000 estimate. Diamond necklaces were sought after by bidders, with a necklace totaling approx. 43.00 carats fetching $50,000, surpassing its estimate of $25,000-35,000, and another necklace sold to benefit charities of the United Nations fetching $40,625, more than doubling its estimate of $15,000-20,000. The selection of diamond rings was topped by a ring centering one round diamond, approx. 4.10 carats, G color, VVS1 clarity, from the Estate of Elsie Adler that sold for $75,000.

Prices for natural pearls continue to remain strong at auction. A classic natural pearl necklace with a diamond clasp from the Property of a Washington, DC Collector achieved $65,000, surpassing its estimate of $30,000-50,000.

From a Prominent New York Family was a pair of Art Deco diamond and black onyx pendant earrings designed as two affectionate love birds on a circular perch. International interest in the unsigned earrings sent the price soaring past their estimate of $2,000-3,000 to a stunning $42,500. The theme of love birds appears in jewelry designs of the period by such makers as Cartier and Mauboussin. 

With competitive bidding, the sale totaled a strong $2,812,978 against an estimate of $2,278,800-3,235,100 with a robust 82% sold by lot and 85% sold by value.

All prices include the Buyer’s Premium.

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  • A New York Estate
  • A Prominent New York Family
  • Estate of Elsie Adler
  • Property from a New York and Connecticut Estate
  • Property from a Washington, DC Collector
  • Property of a European Collector
  • Property of a Lady, Montreal, Canada
  • Property of a Washington, DC Lady
  • Property Sold to Benefit Charities of the United Nations
  • The Thurston Collection

A Selection of Auction Highlights

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Lot 392

Silver and Diamond Ring

C Property of a European Collector
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for $56,250 (includes buyer's premium)

Lot 143

White Gold and Diamond Necklace

C Property Sold to Benefit Charities of the United Nations
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $40,625 (includes buyer's premium)