Christie’s in London held their Important Jewels auction this week and yellow diamonds were the story as the winning bids far exceeded their pre-auction estimates.
1. A Diamond Bracelet, By Bulgari
A bracelet by the Italian jewelry company Bulgari features a marquise-cut Fancy Brown-Yellow diamond at the centre with a fluted Pave-Set Brilliant and Baguette-Cut diamond surround. Experts believed it would sell for $330,000 (CAD) at the most, however, the winning bid was more than double at almost $708,000 (CAD).
2. A Yellow Diamond Ring
Estimated to sell at between $64,000 and $73,000, this yellow diamond ring sold at $103,038. The piece features a Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond weighing in at 4.36 carats with a Brilliant-Cut diamond line surround.
3. A Coloured Diamond Ring
A Square-Cut Cornered Fancy Yellow diamond ring featuring a 5.14 carat stone was expected to sell for between $45,000 and $54,000. The final sale price was $80,140!
4. A Gem, Diamond and Colored Diamond “Love Bird” Brooch, By Cartier
The biggest surprise of the auction was saved for this brooch featuring love birds with wings and a tail set with yellow diamonds. Estimated to sell for around $18,000, the winning bid was over three times as much, finally settling at $68,692!
5. A Colored Diamond Ring, By Graff
A color diamond ring by Graff Diamonds also made headlines at Tuesday’s auction selling for more than double the original estimate. The piece featuring a 5.05-carat Fancy Yellow Cut-Cornered Rectangular diamond and Heart-Shaped diamond shoulders that was expected to sell for $27,476 at the most went for $64,112.