Sotheby’s Global Flagship Jewellery Auctions feature Large World-Class Diamonds and Coloured Gemstone

Combining great rarity and beauty, these gems of exceptional size appeal to an ever-growing base of collectors, especially when set in masterful designs

“Big rocks” are stealing the show this season, with an impressive selection of large diamonds and coloured gemstones highlighting Sotheby’s global flagship jewellery auctions. Combining extreme rarity and beauty, these gems of exceptional size (up to over 100 carats) have traditionally been highly sought after, but today they spark new interest from a wider range of collectors. Demand has been buoyed by a growing understanding of the scarcity and complexities of these incredibly large stones. Collectors increasingly appreciate them as phenomenally rare natural wonders, which are not only tangible assets with great intrinsic value, but also works of art in their own right, when set in masterful designs. Gary Schuler, Worldwide Chairman of the Jewellery Division commented: “The fascination for large gems goes back centuries. Shrouded in mystery and steeped in legend, these stones have been treasured by rulers, while also prized for their presumed magical powers, and even sometimes feared for being cursed. In recent years, by virtue of the market’s increasing connoisseurship, we have seen demand for these gems grow fast and far beyond the traditional pool of collectors. These new buyers are looking for different kinds of stones, and this is reflected in the great diversity of this season’s offering, which range from unmounted world-class diamonds and diamond-led jewellery, to pieces with noble provenance and signed jewels marrying colourful gemstones with the extraordinary craftmanship of renowned houses, such as Cartier and Harry Winston.”

THE LARGEST KASHMIR SAPPHIRE EVER TO APPEAR AT AUCTION Formerly in the Collection of Maureen Constance Guinness, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (1907-1998) A 1930s sapphire and diamond brooch, featuring the largest Kashmir sapphire ever to appear at auction – a 55.19-carat oval gem, alongside a cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire weighing 25.97 carats. Est. $2-3m (CHF 1.9 – 2.8m)

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Representing abundance, creativity, longevity and wisdom, this element is also regarded as being central to balance, stability and rootedness. Qualities associated with earth include patience, thoughtfulness, practicality and hard work. Yellow, an imperial colour in Chinese culture that denotes power, royalty and prosperity, is symbolic of the material.

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The source of life, water is yielding yet powerful, at times silent and still, but infinitely ever-changing. Attributes of this element are intelligence, wisdom, flexibility, softness, and pliancy. The colours of black, grey and blue are associated with water.

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Elemental Force: Jewels symbolising the five elements in Chinese philosophy

Boost your life with jewels that represent one of the five elements in Chinese philosophy – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – believed to be the basis of everything in the universe between which interactions occur.
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Representing abundance, creativity, longevity and wisdom, this element is also regarded as being central to balance, stability and rootedness. Qualities associated with earth include patience, thoughtfulness, practicality and hard work. Yellow, an imperial colour in Chinese culture that denotes power, royalty and prosperity, is symbolic of the material.

Harry Winston yellow gold and platinum cluster necklace with cushion- cut fancy yellow sapphires, round brilliant pink sapphires and round brilliant, marquise and pear- shaped diamonds

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Bulgari “U.S. Golden 50th Anniversary” capsule collection limited edition Monete rose gold tubogas manchette with ancient coins and diamonds

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Tiffany & Co. Botanica: Blue Book Collection 2022 Schlumberger Dahlia platinum and yellow gold brooch with a tsavorite and diamonds

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Hermès Les Jeux de l’Ombre high jewellery collection Lumières Brutes pink gold ring with a spessartite garnet, spessartite garnets and rhodolite garnets

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