• Jewels: The New York Sale  Inc auction at Christies

    Sale 2347

    Jewels: The New York Sale Including the JAR Imperial Topaz, Ruby and Diamond Ear Pendants, The Bulgari Blue, Jeweled Elegance & the Vanderbilt Diamond Necklace

    20 October 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 167

    A DIAMOND "HOLLY WREATH" NECKLACE, BY HARRY WINSTON

    Price Realised  

    A DIAMOND "HOLLY WREATH" NECKLACE, BY HARRY WINSTON
    Designed as a holly wreath, composed of two graduated rows of circular, pear and marquise-cut diamond clusters, mounted in platinum, 1962, 16½ ins., (may also be worn as a choker, 14½ ins., or as two bracelets, 7 and 7½ ins.), in a Harry Winston navy blue leather pouch
    Signed Winston for Harry Winston, no. 4984
    Total weight of the diamonds is approximately 152.35 carats


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    Cf. Alexis Gregory, Harry Winston: Rare Jewels of the World, Universe Publishing/Vendome Press, 1998, New York and Paris, page 47

    Cf. Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel, Bejeweled, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 2001, page 30

    Cf. Suzanne Tennenbaum and Janet Zapata, Jeweled Garden, The Vendome Press, New York, 2006, page 202

    Pre-Lot Text

    "Holly Wreath"

    Aptly regarded as the "King of Diamonds," Harry Winston has been known for handling a majority of the world's superlative diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry in the 20th century. He is acknowledged as a visionary in the field for his pursuit of excellence combined with his passion, discretion, intuition and knowledge.

    With the finest rough diamonds available, as well as numerous historical gems, he imbued his pieces with exceptional style. Perhaps the most important design has been the much admired and greatly imitated 'Winston' look. This concept was envisioned by Harry Winston while looking at a holly wreath hanging from his front door at Christmas in 1944. He was drawn to the way the leaves shaped the wreath and thought that he could adapt this to jewelry design, whereby the wearer only saw the gemstones and not the supporting metal beneath. Seemingly simple, it revolutionized design, in that the metal merely acted as a framework for the gemstones and never overshadowed their role as the primary focus of the jewel. This necklace composed of magnificent circular, pear and marquise-cut diamond clusters, in its design and construction, is truly a treasure.