As we look back at 2013, we saw collectors bidding at the highest levels for the very best in the world of jewelry. New records were achieved at all of Christie’s international salerooms resulting in worldwide sales of US$675 million, making Christie’s the jewelry auctioneers of choice for the 20th year in a row.
In April, The ‘Princie’ Diamond, a fancy intense pink Golconda diamond of 34.65 carats, sold in New York for US$39.3 million and became the most expensive jewel sold at Christie’s. Less than one month later, Geneva dominated headlines with a 101.73 carat pear-shaped D Flawless diamond. Christened The ‘Winston Legacy,’ it sold for $26.7 million and set a world auction record for any colorless diamond (the previous record, The ‘Archduke Joseph’ Diamond of 76.02 carats, sold for US$21.5 million at Christie’s Geneva in November 2012). The momentum continued in Hong Kong, where a pear-shaped D Flawless diamond briolette of 75.36 carats, now known as The ‘Star of China’ Diamond, set a world auction record for a briolette diamond at US$11.1 million. Prices for superb diamonds, natural pearls, and rare jewels have soared beyond their estimates, driven by intense competition from collectors worldwide.
Since the 18th century, Christie’s has been associated with the most legendary auctions in jewelry history. In December 2011, the sale of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor (US$144 million) set a milestone in the jewelry world as the highest total for any jewelry collection ever sold at auction, and pushed the importance of provenance and connoisseurship to new levels. In May 2012, the Collection of Mrs. Lily Safra realized an unprecedented US$37.9 million and became the most successful charity auction in Christie's history.
Christie’s offers a comprehensive auction program featuring 24 jewelry auctions a year in Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris. Sales include a vast range of jewels, signed and unsigned, colorless and colored diamonds, and a variety of precious stones with prices ranging from a $1,500 pair of cufflinks to a multi-million dollar diamond. We offer jewelry from all periods including antique, Belle Époque, Art Deco, Retro, and contemporary jewels from famous houses such as Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, JAR, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels.
The Jewelry department is led by an international team of 16 senior specialists with an average of 25 years of experience with the firm. They would be delighted to meet you to discuss bidding in upcoming sales or to provide confidential and complimentary valuations
Christie’s has developed a dedicated department focusing exclusively on Private Sales, which works closely with our international team of jewelry specialists. If you are looking to buy a specific jewel or a precious stone, Christie’s specialists will help you find it, at a competitive price. If you wish to sell a jewel or gemstone outside the auction timeline, Christie’s client database and global network will enable us to quickly identify buyers with an interest in the particular item you wish to sell in the strictest confidence.
To learn more, visit christies.com/privatesales or contact Christie’s Jewelry Director of Private Sales, Julien Brunie, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or your nearest Christie’s Jewelry specialist.
In addition to Auction and Private Sales, we have introduced our Online Only Sales that will take place over the course of 2014. With this complementary service now offered at Christie’s, we are making it even more convenient to buy and sell jewelry through Christie’s.