The final stretch of jewelry auctions for 2016 is under way, culminating with a number of major sales in the next couple of weeks. At Leslie Hindman, the Chicago-based auction house offers a cornucopia of jewels in its December 4-5 Important Jewelry sale, including over 1,400 lots of fine certified colored stones, natural colored diamonds, antique jewels, vintage signed works and an expansive and diverse selection of David Webb jewelry.
A selection of fine sapphires are among the major highlights of the sale, led by a 5.05-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring, by J.E. Caldwell, circa 1910 (est. $250,000-275,000).
Other important sapphires in the sale include a 12.38-carat Burmese sapphire and diamond ring (est. $180,000-200,000); a pair of cushion cut Burmese sapphire and diamond cluster earrings (est. $10,000-15,000); and an 8.56-carat Burmese sapphire and diamond ring (est. $60,000-80,000).
For diamond collectors, the sale offers the rarest color of all – a Fancy Red diamond weighing 0.37 carats (est. $70,000-90,000). The rare stone joins a handful of other colored diamonds emitting hues across the color spectrum.
For period jewelry, the sale features a selection spanning several centuries, from a fine collection of Etruscan, Renaissance and Egyptian Revival jewels to unique examples from the Georgian and Victorian era.
Highlights also include jewels from the various periods of the 20th century, including a stunning opal and gem-set Renaissance Revival pendant/brooch by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co., circa 1901 (est. $20,000-30,000); a classic Art Deco emerald and diamond brooch (est. $15,000-20,000); and a collectible Retro gem-set bracelet by John Rubel for Cartier (est. $6,000-8,000).
Like all important jewelry sales, this one comprises a number of stunning signed pieces, led by an important tanzanite suite of jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels to be sold individually.
There is also an expansive and diverse selection of David Webb jewelry:
Other highlights include: