The Adventurine Posts A Visual Essay of Sotheby’s Important Jewels

Emerald and diamond earclips by Harry Winston featured in Sotheby's Important Jewels auction. Photo Andrew Werner

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A Visual Essay of Sotheby’s Important Jewels

Photographer Andrew Werner previewed the sale with Frank Everett

by Guest Contributor

March 8, 2022—It’s almost springtime in New York and with the change of seasons comes the first Important Jewels Sale of the year at Sotheby’s. The auction takes place tomorrow at 10 AM EST. As per usual, this sale is filled with treasures from the greatest jewelers of the 20th century. Bulgari, Boucheron, Cartier and Harry Winston are among the big names in the mix.

To get a closer look at the details, The Adventurine’s contributing photographer, Andrew Werner, headed to the esteemed auction house on York Avenue and 72nd Street for a preview with Sotheby’s Frank Everett. The jewelry expert, and one of our favorite Instagrammers, highlighted historic pieces and contemporary treasures.

Andrew, who is known for his celebrity portraits, captured the character of the jewelry with his visuals. “Photographing a piece of jewelry is the same as photographing a person,” explains Andrew.  “There is a depth, personality and history in every design.”

See his photo essay below and find out more about the jewels.

Photo Andrew Werner

Harry Winston Emerald and Diamond Earclips, estimate $325,000 – $375,000

These are just the types of jewels that inspired Marilyn Monroe to coo “Talk to me Harry Winston. Tell me all about it” in her iconic rendition of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”

Made around 1959, the earrings feature emeralds weighing 7.22 and 7.21 carats. The diamonds weigh 19.45 carats. Platinum forms the setting.

Photo Andrew Werner

In this image Frank is holding three textbook Cartier Art Deco jewels with estimates from $8,000 – $30,000.

The Cartier Ruby and Diamond Jabot Pin was made around 1925.

The Cartier Diamond Brooch, also made around 1925, has approximately 10.90 carats of diamonds set in platinum.

The Cartier Emerald, Sapphire, Onyx and Diamond Pin, made during the 1920s, features foliate designs on the terminals.

Photo Andrew Werner

Emerald and Diamond Necklace, estimate $80,000 – $120,000

This necklace is set with a Colombian emerald weighing approximately 18.50 carats. The round and baguette cut diamonds on the jewel total approximately 8.50 carats.

Photo Andrew Werner

Boucheron Diamond Pendant Earclips, estimate $900,000 – $1,200,000

These diamond and gold earrings made by Boucheron in Paris have pear-shape drops weighing 14 and 13.75 carats. The GIA has graded the featured stones to be Type IIa, D Color and VS1 and VVS2 clarity respectively.

Photo Andrew Werner

Detail image of Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels Necklaces with estimates from $15,000 – $30,000

The Bulgari Gold and Ancient Coin Monete Necklace features three drachme coins.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Lapis Lazuli ‘Vintage Alhambra’ Necklace is 31½ inches long.

The Bulgari Gold Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Necklace is 32½ inches long.

Photo Andrew Werner

The Van Cleef & Arpels Coral and Diamond ‘Rose de Noël’ Clip Brooch on Frank’s lapel is being sold with a Pair of Matching Earclips.

The estimate on the jewels is $35,000 – $55,000.

Photo Andrew Werner

Diamond Necklace, $850,000 – $1,000,000

Elizabeth Taylor once described looking into her 33.19-carat diamond ring like glancing into a corridor of infinity. The diamonds on this necklace give a similar feeling.

Photo Andrew Werner

The 15½ inch long necklace is set with 47 square emerald cut diamonds weighing a total of 146.52-carats.

The jewel is accompanied by 47 GIA reports stating that the diamonds range from 5.02 to 2.00 carats, H-N color, VVS1-I1 clarity.

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