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A pair of sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat gold earrings, sold for $11,250

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Published: 21 September 2014

A Distinctive Jewelry & Contemporary Art Collection

This November, Freeman’s will offer outstanding items from the estate of a discerning collector whose sense of style, sophisticated taste, and remarkable eye became tools in acquiring both an impressive group of jewelry and an array of art by some of the most important American artists of the late twentieth-century.

The jewelry of this collection is not limited to  one style, but rather includes pieces covering many categories, ranging from classic  gemstones to uniquely fashionable jewelry, as well as some period pieces—an eclectic array to be certain. The “carats” or weight of these gems are well-represented by the “traditional” and include all of “the usual suspects.” A couple of show-stopping diamonds of notable size top the list, including an 8.60 carat oval-shape diamond, as well as a 7.50 carat marquise-shape.

Freeman’s is also offering a lovely selection of fine quality sapphires in a variety of pieces, including an impressive star sapphire ring. These sapphires all have the coveted intense, blue color with subtle violet overtones, which is most desirable in the finer stones. A beautiful emerald cannot be overlooked and exemplifies the collector’s eye for quality. Infused with the rich blue-green color that one would expect in a fine emerald, this example is unusually free of inclusions, which is extremely rare. As if to “venture off the beaten path,” there is a cat’s eye chrysoberyl which displays not only wonderful chatoyancy (cat’s eye), but the desirable milk and honey coloration that a fine specimen such as this one possesses.

As remarkable as these jewels are, the unique and fashionable jewelry pieces of this collection are equally desirable. It is unusual to find carved crystal in jewelry, especially in suite, but one will be offered in this particular sale, and with a necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring, this group provides a bold and beautiful look without overpowering. Crystal gives an alluring and mysterious beauty which captures the eye, but doesn’t distract from its wearer.

For a more eye-catching look, there is a carved emerald and diamond necklace with a matching brooch, certain to garner attention with their dynamic appeal, highlighted by the subtle  beauty of the carved emeralds. In this collection, the Italian beauties are represented by a diamond and 18-karat gold collar, as well as a diamond, black onyx, and 18-karat gold necklace. Both are made with the impeccable style and craftsmanship that can be expected from Italian makers and easily confused with renowned designers like David Webb or Bulgari.

The instincts and approach to collecting contemporary art was just as informed as this collector’s jewelry collecting, and includes several works by Harry Bertoia and Alex Katz who have enjoyed much local, national, and international success. This extraordinary jewelry and contemporary art, acquired and enjoyed by one collector for many years, was undoubtedly a labor of love—a collection of exquisite pieces, all amassed with care and an exceptional eye.

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