Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Favorites at the Christie's Elizabeth Taylor Exhibition on Dec 2, 2011

Here are some of the favorites that caught my eye at the viewing of the Elizabeth Taylor Collection. Apart from the famous jewels, these also stood out to me in person. The very first item was the tiara below. It looked heavy in person, but sparkled like crazy!! I found it interesting that if she liked a style of jewelry, she purchased it in different stones. The pink sapphire necklace below was just so beautiful, it almost didn't look real in person. I felt very special to see these classic items in person, owed by one of the greatest actresses and last of the old-time movie star glamour in our lifetime. It was a fabulous Christmas treat !!
THE MIKE TODD DIAMOND TIARA
AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND TIARA
Designed as nine old mine-cut diamond scrolls with larger old mine-cut diamond terminals, spaced by old mine-cut diamond latticework motifs, mounted in platinum and gold, circa 1880, 9 5/8 ins. circumference
Estimate Value $60,000 -  $80,000 US Dollars 


~A GROUP OF FOUR MULTI-GEM "ALHAMBRA" BRACELETS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS 
Comprising four bracelets, each 18k gold chain set with a series of five onyx, mother-of-pearl, turquoise or gold clover links, circa 1999, onyx 8 ins., mother-of-pearl 7 7/8 ins., turquoise 8 ins., gold 7¾ ins.; onyx, mother-of-pearl and gold bracelets with French assay mark and maker's mark
Each signed V.C.A. for Van Cleef & Arpels, onyx bracelet nos. AL02, OON and X340; mother-of-pearl bracelet no. CF 54; turquoise bracelet no. NY 4N90-161; and gold bracelet no. CF 3997 (4)

Estimate $8,000-$12,000 US Dollars 

A PINK SAPPHIRE NECKLACE 
Designed as a circular-cut pink sapphire sculpted link chain, mounted in 18k white gold, 24 ins.; may also be worn as a necklace of 16½ ins. and bracelet of 7½ ins. 
Estimate $10,000 to $15,000 US Dollars 

A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET 
Designed as a square-cut sapphire band with circular-cut diamond trim, mounted in yellow and white gold, 7 ins. 
Estimate $5,000 to $7000 US Dollars

A TURQUOISE AND GOLD MIRROR, BY BVLGARI 
Designed as a sculpted 18k gold hand mirror of Egyptian Revival motif, set at the top with a line of calibré-cut turquoise, the handle set with a calibré-cut turquoise bird with outstretched wings,1962, 6 x 10¼ ins.
Signed BVLGARI, with maker's mark AL26 for Illario e Fratelli Valenza Po 
Estimate $8,000 to $12,000 US Dollars 

A DIAMOND AND GOLD CUFF BRACELET, BY CARTIER 
Designed as a polished 18k gold hinged cuff, set at the top with a circular-cut diamond V-shaped plaque, mounted in platinum and 18k gold, 2¼ ins. diameter
Signed Cartier, no. 10674 
Estimate $4,000 to $6,000 US Dollars 

A SUITE OF DIAMOND AND PINK DIAMOND JEWELRY, BY CHOPARD 
Comprising a necklace, suspending two pavé-set diamond and pink diamond hearts, from two interwoven lines of circular-cut diamonds or pink diamonds; and a pair of ear pendants en suite, mounted in 18k pink and white gold, 15 ins.
Necklace signed Chopard, Geneve, Pièce Unique, nos. 9670549 and 81/6795/9; ear pendants signed Chopard, Pièce Unique (3)
Estimate $30,000 to $50,000 US Dollars 

A DIAMOND BRACELET, BY LORRAINE SCHWARTZ 
The wide openwork band designed as seven rows of collet-set rose-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, 8 ins.
Signed Lorraine for Lorraine Schwartz 
Estimate $30,000 to $50,000 US Dollars 

AN ART DECO DIAMOND AND ONYX WRISTWATCH, BY CARTIER 
With nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, 19 jewels, the tonneau-shaped silver matte dial with black Roman numerals and blued-steel hands, within a rose-cut diamond bezel, joined by onyx and rose-cut diamond links to the black silk strap, mounted in platinum and gold, circa 1925, 5¾ ins., with French assay marks and maker's marks, black silk strap may be of later addition
Signed Cartier, movement signed European Watch and Clock Co. Inc.; nos. 18688, 9969 and 7
Estimate $4,000 to $6,000 US Dollars

A DIAMOND AND GOLD "DARLING" BRACELET 
The gold double chain connected by single-cut diamond letters spelling "Darling", mounted in gold, 7¼ ins. 
Estimate $4,000 to $7,000 US Dollars

A DIAMOND, TURQUOISE AND CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE, BY HOUSE OF TAYLOR 
Designed as an openwork bib of graduated turquoise boules, joined by circular-cut diamonds, suspending an articulated fringe of cultured pearls, mounted in 18k white gold, 15¼ ins.
Designed by Elizabeth Taylor, signed Elizabeth for House of Taylor 
Estimate $10,000 to $15,000 US Dollars 



** all photography from Christie's website as no photography allowed in the exhibit

Forbes website did a great article with photos from the exhibit, you can check out HERE 

4 comments:

Beauty Blogger Bri said...

Some gorgeous pieces... The pink sapphire necklace is right up my alley! ;)

Girlie Blogger said...

She is certainly a lady with fine taste. I just love that tiara - fit for a princess.

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Kat said...

It would be hard to pick a favorite out of these because they are all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

I am hoping they do a live online stream of the auction on Tuesday as it will be very interesting. I think the items will go for much higher than estimated just because of their owner.

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