From an Hermès classic to the perfect engagement ring, a selection from our 30 November sale in London made by specialist Keith Penton
This pair of cufflinks by Van Cleef & Arpels is especially elegant. Presented in their original case, they come together with a set of five interchangeable batons in steel, onyx, tiger’s eye, wood and rock crystal, so that they can always be matched to complement one’s shirt and suit, whatever the occasion. A design classic, baton cufflinks will endure for a lifetime.
This anchor link bracelet is an Hermès design staple and could easily be worn every day, either alongside a watch or another bracelet, or on its own. Made in yellow gold, it features a T-bar that passes through a loop closure, and would make a perfect gift for anyone who appreciates classic style.
The ladybird is considered lucky in many cultures, and has been celebrated in nursery rhymes the world over. This Art Deco brooch by Cartier captures the creature’s striking coral and onyx tones, in a design that has become one of the French brand’s quirkiest classics. At 2.8 cm this version is pleasingly plump, and would make a fun addition to a lapel — especially if worn with other jewelled insects.
These Art Deco earrings are extremely striking, although it’s perhaps the emeralds at their centres that are the main talking point: almost entirely free of inclusions, their clarity is exceptionally high. The stones originate from Colombia, home to some of the world’s most famous emerald mines. It’s rare to find an original pair of Art Deco earrings, and the style remains highly desirable, working well in a contemporary context.
Packed with brilliant-cut diamonds, this Art Deco bracelet oozes old Hollywood glamour of the 1930s. Fashion magazines of the period featured stylish women wearing fur coats paired with show-stopping diamonds. This piece would make a bold and stylish accompaniment to any winter wardrobe.
Featuring polished sapphire beads interspersed with pearls and diamonds, this versatile necklace can either be worn long or transformed into a shorter chain and bracelet. Accompanied by a pair of matching earrings, it comes to Christie’s from descendants of its original owner, Lady Joan Sherborne — an auxiliary pilot who served in the Second World War. Sherborne flew throughout the conflict, meeting her husband, Charles Dutton, 7th Baron Sherborne, on the front line.
At 10.22 carats, this rectangular-cut emerald and diamond ring would make an impressive addition to any collection. The stone originates from Colombia, and displays a rich deep-green colour. While most emeralds are treated with oil to enhance their shine, this one has undergone only minor enhancement, increasing its desirability. Perfect for cocktail parties.
This ring features a rectangular-cut, 6.49-carat diamond of high white colour with strong blue fluorescence. The rectangular cut was favoured by 1950s stars including Grace Kelly, and would surely be well-received in the context of a Christmas marriage proposal.
This wide cuff features Cartier’s iconic Panther design, first introduced by the glamorous French designer Jeanne Toussaint at the beginning of the 1930s. The panther is entirely diamond-set, contrasting gorgeously with the blackened band, and the cuff also features a concealed watch on the reverse. It is, of course, unique.
These pear-shaped drop earrings by Cartier feature the whitest stones that money can buy, accompanied by a certificate confirming that they are ‘D’ Colour — the highest grade on the diamond colour scale. The drops are detachable, allowing the wing-shaped tops to be worn on their own if desired. They’re incredibly versatile and could be paired easily with any other diamond piece.