Potentially Historic Sale of Important Diamond and Natural Pearls at Skinner in Boston on December 8

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Important 31.25 ct. Type IIA Diamond and Natural Pearls Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction

Important Diamond

31.25 cts. Heart shape Diamond (Lot 498, Estimate $2,000,000-$3,000,000)

"We are excited to offer a collection of incredible diamonds and natural pearls from a well-known family that rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century. This sale has the potential to hit record highs for these very special items."

Skinner, Inc. presents its fourth Fine Jewelry Auction of 2015 on December 8th in Boston. The auction will feature over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry. The centerpiece of the auction is a remarkable collection of diamonds, colored stones, and natural pearls from one of the leading families of the Gilded Age.

Important Collection from a Prominent British-American Family

We are excited to offer a collection of incredible diamonds and natural pearls from a well-known family that rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century. The highlight of this collection is a 31.25 cts. Heart shape Diamond (Lot 498, Estimate $2,000,000-$3,000,000) that has been graded as a D color, VVS2 clarity. In addition, it is identified as a rare Type IIA, which places it among the world’s famous diamonds including the Cullinan, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Krupp. Another standout from this collection is a strand of Natural Pearls described by the Swiss Gemological Institute as “rare and exceptional.”(Lot 493, Estimate $400,000-$600,000).

Colored Stones

A standout among the gems in this auction is a beautiful Kashmir sapphire weighing 5.32 cts (Lot 490 Estimate $80,000-$120,000). Other important colored stones in the sale include a Fancy Blue Diamond Solitaire weighing 2.65 cts. (Lot 476, Estimate $80,000-$120,000); a Colombian Emerald set within an Edwardian Brooch(Lot 489, Estimate $50,000-$75,000); and a pair of Burma Ruby and Diamond Drops (Lot 490A, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).

Antique Jewelry

This sale has a strong collection of antique jewelry from several notable collectors. Of particular interest is a Scandinavian Revival brooch from the Danish jeweler EF Dahl, who supplied a jewelry trousseau for Princess Alexandra of Denmark when she left to marry the future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. We are also offering a pair of Antique Amethyst and Diamond bracelets by Carlo Giuliano (Lot 463, Estimate $6,000-$8,000) and a beautiful Victorian Emerald and Diamond Cuff bracelet (Lot 456, Estimate $5,000-$7,000).

Signed Jewelry

Among the many designer pieces in this auction there are several worthy of special mention. A Platinum and Diamond Brooch by the famous jeweler Suzanne Belperron (Lot 427, Estimate $20,000-$30,000) is a beautiful example of her distinctive design aesthetic. From Van Cleef & Arpels is an 18kt Gold and Diamond Convertible Suite (Lot 454, Estimate $30,000-$40,000) that can be worn as a long chain or as four bracelets. In addition, we are offering a Diamond Cockatoo Ring from Cartier (Lot 441, Estimate $20,000-$30,000).

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held in Boston on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 5 PM and Monday, December 7, from noon to 7 PM. There will also be a preview at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on Tuesday, December 1, from noon to 7 PM. Illustrated catalog #2871B is available from the Subscription Department at 508-970-3240. The catalog is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available on the Skinner website during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner
Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at http://www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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