By Erika W.
9 carat fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond to lead Christie’s sale
Christie’s has announced its April 17 sale of an exceptional jewelry collection from the estate of copper heiress, Huguette M. Clark. Highlighting the sale is an antique cushion-cut fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond of 9 carats. Pink diamonds of this size are exceptionally rare, and fancy color diamonds of this cutting style and provenance are seldom seen at auction. The fancy pink is expected to fetch between $6 and $8 million.
Huguette Clark’s Cartier diamond ring featuring a D color emerald-cut of 19.86 carats will also be offered at Christie’s sale with a selling estimate of $2-3 million. The jewelry collection, which includes several pieces from Cartier, Dreicer & Co. and Tiffany & Co., is estimated to achieve between $9 and $12 million at Christie’s New York on April 17, 2012.
“Opening the vault to find this treasure trove of period jewels from the best French houses of the early 1900s has certainly been one of the most extraordinary moments of my 15-year career here at Christie’s. The iconic Art Deco design and exceptional craftsmanship of these meticulously preserved jewels are emblematic of the great Gilded Age in American history,” said Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie’s Americas.
Huguette M. Clark circa 1920 – The heiress passed away in 2011, just weeks before her 105th birthday.
An antique cushion-cut fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond of 9 carats leads Christie’s sale of Huguette M. Clark’s remarkable collection. The fancy pink is mounted in a Belle Époque setting by Dreicer & Co., circa 1910. The ring is said to have originally belonged to Ms. Clark’s mother and was later passed down to her daughter.
Huguette M. Clark’s D color emerald-cut diamond ring of 19.86 carats by Cartier – circa 1920
A Cartier emerald and diamond bracelet – circa 1925
Head of Jewelry for Christie’s Americas, Rahul Kadakia discusses Huguette M. Clark’s jewels with Today‘s Ann Curry.