A 25.80-carat diamond ring will take center stage at an upcoming sale at John Moran Auctioneers, where it is estimated to fetch up to $500,000.
The piece is one of 85 items from the estate of philanthropist Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree that the California-based auction house will present on March 29, it said Tuesday. Other lots from the collection include large diamonds and gemstones from popular designers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Henry Dunay, and Boucheron.
Along with her philanthropy, Ridley-Tree was also a successful businesswoman and art connoisseur. Over the course of her career, she was the president of Pacific Air Industries and of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Here are the top five pieces in the auction:
Main image: The 25.80-carat diamond ring and the pair of earrings. (John Moran)