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Top Jewels Sail Past Estimates at Bonhams

December 12, 2023  |  Leah Meirovich
Bonhams main image 10.50ct diamond ring USED 121223

Diamonds took the spotlight at the most recent Bonhams jewelry sale in London, nabbing all but one of the top 10 spots, with many far exceeding their high estimates.

A step-cut, 10.50-carat, J-color, VVS2-clarity diamond ring took center stage, bringing in GBP 165,500 ($208,109) at the December 7 London Jewels sale, the auction house said Monday. That figure was well above its GBP 90,000 ($113,171) upper presale price.

Single-owner collections performed well, with a set of 11 pieces from Joyce Brittain-Jones, the long-term companion of George II of Greece, selling out following a “bidding frenzy,” Bonhams noted. Also proving popular was a group of jewels belonging to Dorothy Maud, Countess Haig, who was a maid of honor to Queen Alexandra.

Here are the rest of the top 10 items:

This necklace, set with brilliant-cut, yellow diamonds weighing a total of 8.07 carats with a surround of princess-cut pink- and yellow-tinted diamonds weighing a combined 23.40 carats, brought in GBP 138,830 ($174,573), more than doubling its $60,000 ($75,448) high estimate.
A ring with a brilliant-cut, 11.69-carat, K-color, VS2-clarity diamond fetched GBP 135,020 ($169,784), surpassing its GBP 80,000 ($100,597) upper price.
A diamond necklace bearing a round brilliant-cut, 1.84-carat, F-color, VS2-clarity center stone, accented with 67 carats of similarly cut diamonds, sold for GBP 121,050 ($152,217), within its estimate.
Bonhams sold this brilliant-cut, 10.02-carat, fancy-yellow, VS2-clarity diamond ring for GBP 102,000 ($128,262), over its GBP 70,000 ($88,023) high price tag.
This enamel pâte de verre, sapphire and diamond brooch was created by Lalique around 1900. It garnered GBP 99,460 ($125,069), within its estimated range.
A ring with a step-cut, 8.45-carat, fancy-yellow diamond, accented by four pear-shaped diamonds set between baguette and step-cut diamond shoulders, went for GBP 70,250 ($88,338), just beating its GBP 70,000 ($88,024) high presale price.
This brilliant-cut, 5-carat, G-color, VS2-clarity diamond ring achieved GBP 66,440 ($83,542) against a GBP 60,000 ($75,444) upper estimate.
Bulgari created this Trombino ring around 1960. The piece, which features a cushion-shaped, 4.60-carat, F-color, VS2-clarity diamond, brought in GBP 66,440 ($83,542), within its presale price range.
A tiara from approximately 1905, containing old brilliant-cut diamonds weighing about 9.90 carats in total, nabbed GBP 63,900 ($80,347), smashing its GBP 18,000 ($22,633) high estimate.

Main image: The 10.50 diamond ring. (Bonhams)

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