Going, Going, Gone! - The New Indian Express

Going, Going, Gone!

Published: 11th May 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 12:22 PM

Diamonds don’t die; they are born again and again. First upon discovery in the rough, then on acquiring cuts and colours on a craftsmen’s slab. Diamonds go from glitter to glory when people attach to them, the story of their lives. On May 13 & 14, rare diamonds and gems will be auctioned off at Geneva’s Sotheby’s and Christie’s respectively. At Sotheby’s, the ‘Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels’ will be showcased in the form of signed and period jewels from private collections, some with noble provenance, of course. The 100.09 carat daffodil yellow diamond ring known as Graff Vivid Yellow will feature here. Also on sale will be the Victory Diamond, named such in the spirit of World War II. There’s also an important

121 carat Burmese sapphire and an exquisite 12.46 carat Burmese ruby in the collection. Connoisseurs eagerly anticipate the revelation of the Belperron jewels owned Mme Picha-Eisenstein, a close friend of French jewel maker Suzanne Belperron. Belperron worked for the Boivin and Herz jewellery houses before the outbreak of World War II. Her clients include the dynasties of the Aga Khan, Rothschild, Wildenstein and Duke of Windsor.

At Christie’s, The Magnificent Jewels auction will bring out in the open The Ocean Dream; 5.50-carat fancy vivid blue-green diamond, the largest of its kind in the world. The auction will also feature the The Rajah Diamond, the old-mine brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 26.14 carats, set in a platinum mount. Aside from unmounted diamonds, the auction will feature ornately embellished jewellery like the Belle Époque Diamond Devant-de-Corsage Brooch by Cartier. This is a pendant centering upon a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 34.08 carats. A piece similar in aesthetic is the openwork wreath of diamond-set  laurel leaves  cushioned with sapphires and a choker necklace with foliate motif.

All  kinds of human sentiments are invoked by the shine and size of a jewel, love, lust, harmless envy or pure greed. The up-and-coming Swiss auctions promise to indulge the former two.

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