This May's Jewelry & Watches auction offers diamonds and gems from prominent makers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. and features a private collection of vintage jewelry from a Newport family. Ladies’ and gentlmen's watches from Patek Philippe, Rolex, and more round out this curated auction, which brings together the best of antique and modern gems and timepieces. From elegant Belle Époque settings to whimsical contemporary statement pieces, there is something for the traditionalist and the trendsetter.
Specialist Virginia Salem takes on the difficult task of choosing her favorite pieces in the May 2 sale. Her picks are all about fashion - after all, jewelry is art you can wear. From iconic looks to trendy statement pieces, this sale hits every style marker. We invite you to join us this Thursday, when the exhibition opens and you'll have the opportunity to try out these looks for yourself!
Ah, Alhambra Lucky necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels... These necklaces are coveted by women looking for a casual yet recognizable symbol of style that speaks volumes. The Lucky necklace was first introduced in the late 60s, and has become a favorite of contemporary fashionistas and celebrities. To quote the New York Times, it has become "an iconic symbol of wealth and inclusion on a par with the Birkin bag."
An eighteen karat gold and hardstone 'Alhambra Lucky' necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels
You couldn't ask for a bigger style icon than Jackie O. She was photographed time and again wearing enamel and gold Paillonne bangles by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., just like the ones coming up for auction in May. Whether dressed up for a smart summer soirée, or paired with jeans and a t-shirt for coffee with your girlfriends, you can never go wrong with these classic bangles.
Lots 139 & 141
Enamel and eighteen karat gold 'Paillonne' bangle bracelet, Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co.
One group I know will gain a lot of attention from buyers across the globe are the pieces from the Collection of Newport Jewels from the Estate of Julia Sands Chase. Passed down in the family since the 1880’s, with many of the original receipts included, these breathtaking gems are as fashionable as ever.
A Victorian diamond and silver-topped gold pendant brooch
'Mirror, mirror on the wall - who is the rarest of them all?' No doubt about it, these natural pearl drop earrings, (nearly 20.00mm long!) are the rarest and most beautiful of them all. The satin finish is truly alive, lighting up the face when worn.
A pair of antique natural pearl pendant earrings, circa 1887
The final lot in the May 2 sale is a stunning diamond necklace by Lawrence Graff featuring a rare kite shape diamond that is natural fancy yellow and internally flawless. This bold, provocative necklace would be the ideal accessory for the woman who enjoys standing out from the crowd.
A colored diamond, diamond, platinum and eighteen karat gold rivière necklace, Graff
A turquoise, diamond, and eighteen karat gold bombé ring, Keil