A rare Chaumet diamond necklace was the top lot at the recent London Jewels sale at Bonhams, more than doubling its high estimate.
The necklace, featuring seven drops of various diamond shapes, fetched GBP 305,200 ($371,575) at the September 21 auction, Bonhams said on Monday. Chaumet first designed the jewel in 1896 for a tiara worn by Archduchess Maria Dorothea of Austria for her wedding to Philippe, duke of Orleans. The jeweler made several versions of the popular design afterward, including this piece, which is dated to around 1900.
This was one of several signed jewels and period pieces with important diamonds and colored gems that attracted buyers at the auction house’s New Bond Street location.
Here are some other highlights from the sale:
Main image: The Chaumet diamond necklace. (Bonhams)
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