Christie’s will present a 92ct D-flawless heart-shaped diamond at its upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva, alongside a range of other high-profile gemstones from the collection of actress Elizabeth Taylor.
The auction, taking place on the 17 May, will include over 250 jewels with a focus on pieces by Cartier and from the Art Deco design period. Emphasis will also be on Italian design from the 1900s thanks to a dedicated Dolce Vita section within the auction.
The sale will be led by La Légende a 92 carat D-flawless heart-shaped diamond and cultured pearl pendant signed by Boehmer et Bassenge. This haute joaillerie house was launched last year ad named in honour of 18th century Parisian jewellers, Charles Boehmer and Paul Bassenge.
This is the largest D-flawless, heart shaped diamond to ever be offered at auction. Its estimate is set at US$14-20 million (£11.2-16.1m).
Other highlights of the auction include the La Vie Bohème chandelier earrings each with an asymmetrical pink diamond bow. A marquise-cut diamond weighing approximately 10 carats is suspended from each earrings. The estimate for this pair is set at US$2-3m (£1.6-2.4m).
Exceptional coloured gemstones will also be auctioned in Geneva, including a 15.03ct unheated ‘pigeon blood’ Burmese ruby ring with an estimate of US$10-15m. Other pieces on offer include a 14.88ct Kashmir sapphire ring, a 13.16ct Colombian emerald ring and a 47.63ct Burmese sapphire ring.
Diamonds in rare colours, such as a Fancy Deep Blue square-cut diamond weighing 4.05cts and a 7.97ct Fancy Intense Blue cushion-shaped diamond will be offered alongside a 6.07ct Fancy Purple pink diamond ring by David Morris.
Designs by Graff, Boucheron, Chopard and JAR will also be sold alongside a pair of Cartier Burmese ruby and diamond earrings from the collection of the late Elizabeth Taylor.