Christie’s is known for presenting some of the most rare and priceless jewels in its auctions. Now bidders in New York will have a chance to bid for some of the rarest gems and stones as Christie’s gears up for its “Magnificent Jewels from a Distinguished Private Collector” auction scheduled to be held on December 10. The single-owner sale will feature 10 exquisite jewels. The highlight of this auction is “The Evening Star” diamond from India’s Golconda mines. Pear-shaped, this 39-carat, D-color Golconda diamond is estimated to fetch between $3.6 million to $5.5 million. The unique name of the diamond originated from its unnamed owner’s habit of wearing it to evening galas, often as a pendant suspended from a diamond necklace that consisted of 68 graduated pear-shaped diamonds.
The necklace is also offered on sale as a separate item at this auction (estimated to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000). The auction also features beautiful diamond earrings set with two ear-shaped, D-color diamonds of 10.21 and 10.51 carats (estimated to fetch $1.7 million to $2.5 million). Both the “Evening Star” and the stones used in the matching earrings are Type IIa diamonds and each possesses the exceptional clarity associated with Golconda diamonds.
The breathtaking “The Evening Star” promises to bedazzle bidders at this auction. Other jewels at the auction include an art deco bracelet by Van Cleef and Arpel, a diamond ring, and an oval-cut ruby ring with matching pair of ear clips with oval-cut rubies.