Past Auction

California Jewelry

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 10am EST |
New York
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Fancy Blue Diamond of 1.52 Carats Achieves $855,000!

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  • Auction of California Jewelry on November 19, 2018
  • Fancy Blue Diamond Weighing 1.52 Carats Achieves $855,000
  • Sale Total Tops $3.3 Million Amid Competitive Bidding

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of California Jewelry on November 19, 2018 in New York offered a selection of high-carat-weight diamonds and colored stones and exquisite designs by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Tiffany & Co. from prominent private collections and distinguished estates.

With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled a successful $3,300,063, surpassing its estimate of $2,168,280-3,071,900, with a strong 77% sold by lot and 84% sold by value.

Fancy Blue Diamonds

Highlighting the auction was a rare and exceptional unmounted natural Fancy Blue diamond weighing 1.52 carats, VS1 clarity, that achieved a stunning $855,000, far over its estimate of $200,000-300,00, following spirited bidding from the telephones and the salesroom. From the same Collection of a Colorado Gentleman was another unmounted natural Fancy Blue diamond, this one .80 carat, VVS2 clarity, that fetched $212,500, many times its estimate of $30,000-50,000.

Yellow Diamonds

From the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt of Dallas, Texas, and Laguna Beach, California, was a ring set with a treated yellow diamond of approx. 27.50 carats that sailed past its estimate of $20,000-30,000 to realize $118,750.

A circa 1910 ring by Cartier set with a natural Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond, approx. 3.15 carats, VVS2 clarity, from the Estate of Beth Campbell Snyder and Irving Tritch Snyder, sold for $100,000, surpassing its estimate of $70,000-90,000.

Natural Pearls

Two natural saltwater pearl necklaces from the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt sold exceptionally strongly at the auction. A 20 1/2- inch necklace with graduated pearls approx. 8.50 to 3.5mm fetched $93,750, far exceeding its estimate of $5,000-70,000, and another measuring 17 3/4 inches, also with graduated pearls 8.50 to 3.5 mm, sold for $68,750 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Objets de Vertu

The auction offered a group of exquisite boxes from the collection of a Box Connoisseur, as well as an Art Deco box by Cartier, Paris, from the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt, that realized $53,125, many times its estimate of $7,500-10,000. The circa 1924 cylindrical gold vanity box was set with carved jade, diamonds and rubies and decorated with a graphic pattern in black enamel.

Dunay on Dunay

In celebration of NYC Jewelry Week, Doyle hosted a special evening with legendary New York jeweler Henry Dunay on Friday, November 16.  Read More About this Event

NYC Jewelry Week

November 12-18, 2018 in New York

NYC Jewelry Week was NYC’s first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW featured groundbreaking exhibitions, educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, and unique collaborations with the best and brightest businesses, brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers throughout NYC.

Doyle was proud to be an Auction House Partner of NYC Jewelry Week.

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  • A Monarch Beach Family Collection
  • A Private California Collector
  • A Private Los Angeles Collector
  • Estate of a Portland Family
  • Estate of a Shaker Heights, Ohio Family
  • Estate of an American Diplomat in Paris
  • Estate of Beth Campbell Snyder and Irving Tritch Snyder
  • Estate of Beth O. Barry, Sag Harbor, New York
  • Estate of Bruce Blackman
  • Estate of DiAnne L. Sinn
  • Estate of Elizabeth C. Dresser, New York City
  • Estate of Jack Weisenhunt of Dallas and Laguna Beach
  • Estate of Louis E. and Jewel Sheldon
  • Estate of Maureen Mitchell, Former 1940's Adele Simpson Model
  • Estate of Patricia Mobley
  • Estate of Rod Steiger
  • Estate of Temi Hyde of Boston and Valencia
  • From a Texas Collector
  • From the Collection of a Box Connoisseur
  • From the Collection of Deborah Paul
  • From the Collection of Mrs. Eileen Aaron of Aaron Brothers Art Mart
  • From the Collection of the Late Lili St. Cyr
  • Property from a Sherman Oaks, CA Family
  • Property from an Important Jewel Collector
  • Property from an Old European Family
  • Property of a Beverly Hills Collector
  • Property of a Beverly Hills Lady
  • Property of a Caribbean Collector
  • Property of a Colorado Gentleman
  • Property of a Hope Ranch Collector
  • Property of a Los Gatos Lady
  • Property of a Midwestern Collector
  • Property of a Pacific Palisades Collector
  • Property of a Pacific Palisades Lady
  • Property of a Palos Verdes Lady
  • Property of a San Francisco Collector
  • Property of a Santa Barbara Collector
  • Property of a Santa Monica Collector
  • Property of an Altadena Collector
  • Property of an Old Locust Valley Family
  • Property of the Leanne J. Thomas Trust
  • The Siblings Trust

A Selection of Auction Highlights

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