Rare, One-of-a-kind Gems to Look Out for in Sotheby’s 'Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels’ Auction in May

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Image: Apollo and Artemis Diamonds, Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s will be unveiling its spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels with a series of staggeringly beautiful gems. The May 16 auction will be held at Geneva’s Mandarin Oriental, with a stunning highlight – the ‘Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’. The diamonds captivate on their own as one Fancy Vivid Blue and one Fancy Intense Pink, but put together offer a truly remarkable pair.

The ‘Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’ are offered as individual lots, with ‘The Apollo Blue’ expected to fetch anywhere between US$38 million – US$50 million, whilst the ‘The Artemis Pink’ is estimated to sell for between US$12.5 million – US$18 million. The auction also features gems from varied collections, highlighting iconic jewellery houses from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari to Tiffany. Diamonds from Kashmir, Burma and Colombia will also feature in the upcoming auction.

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The exhibition has currently wrapped up its 4-day exhibition in New York, and will stop by Hong Kong from April 27 – 28 and Taiwan from May 2 – 3 before stopping by Singapore from May 5 – 6. The exhibition will conclude in Geneva from May 13 – 16 before the grand auction on the evening of May 16.

Here are some other pieces to look out for:

Pair of important natural pearl and diamond pendent ear clips, Alexandre Reza

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Estimate: US$1.02 million – 1.5 million 

Fashioned like a glistening pair of flames, each is set with brilliant-cut diamonds with detachable pendant sets. At its core stunning drop-shaped, exceptionally rare natural pearls lie within a frame of brilliant-cut diamonds.

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'The Star of Sierra Leone Diamond Brooch', Harry Winston

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Estimate: US$294,000 – 354,778

A paradise-worthy piece styled after a single flower, set with a pear-shaped diamond encircled by five marquise-shaped diamonds and marquise-shaped stones.

Emerald, enamel and diamond bracelet-watch, 'Dragon', Bulgari, 1960s

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Estimate: US$208,000 – 309,000

Exceptional detail and high articulation are expressed in its body of green enameled scale-like links, accentuated with the beauty of marquise-shaped diamonds. Find the head and tail pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds with cabochon rubies for eyes. Its head, embellished with a pear-shaped emerald, reveals a circular watch with a Jaeger-LeCoultre signed dial. Finally, the bezel is set with single-cut diamonds, signed Bulgari.

Important diamond ring, Harry Winston

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Estimate: US$1.1 million – 1.9 million

The 16.92 carats marquise-shaped diamond makes a stunning statement between tapered baguette diamonds. Size 49.

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