RESULTS: Milan Important Jewels

Christie's Milan sale of Important Jewels totaled € 5,060,230 / $ 7,170,345, more than +21% versus May 2010. The top lot was an octagonal-cut H, VVS2 diamond ring of 12.01 cts, by Bulgari (lot 461), which sold for €315,800 / $447,488 ($37,258 per carat).



€ 5,060,230

£ 4,402,400

$ 7,170,345

Sold lots: 322

Lots offered: 458

Sold by lot: 71%

Sold by €: 89%

Exchange rate : €1 = £0.870 / $1.417





Estimate (€)


Purchase Price



An octagonal-cut H, VVS2 diamond ring of 12.01 cts, by Bulgari

$37,258  per carat

120,000 - 200,000




Italian Private


A pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants

25,000 - 35,000




International Trade


A diamond line bracelet

70,000 - 100,000






An octagonal-cut Ceylon (Sri Lanka) sapphire ring of 21.17 cts

$15,234 per carat

35,000 - 45,000

€ 227,600



European Trade


A pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants, by Bulgari

40,000 - 60,000




European Trade


An octagonal-cut fancy yellow, VVS1 diamond ring of 16.34 cts

120,000 - 160,000






An old-cut diamond ring of 15.04 cts

30,000 - 40,000




International Trade


A ruby bead and diamond necklace, by Bulgari

80,000 - 140,000




International Trade


An unmounted circular-cut F, IF diamond of 4.24 cts

70,000 - 100,000




International Trade


A circular-cut D, VVS1 diamond ring of 4.49 cts, by Cusi

50,000 - 70,000






Francesco Alverà, Head of the Jewellery Department at Christie’s Italy, commented:

With a total of more than €5 million, Christie's Jewelry auction in Milan achieved one of the highest results ever obtained by the category in Italy, reconfirming the absolute leadership of the auction house in this country. More than 180 different buyers from five continents pursued the sale’s 322 lots, competing vivaciously in the room, on the telephone, and online. The top lot, an important octagonal-cut diamond ring of 12.01 cts, sold to an Italian private collector for €315,800 (€26,294 per carat). Additional strong performers included a magnificent ring with a Ceylon (Sri Lanka) sapphire of 21.17 cts, which sold for €227,600 (€10,751 per carat), as well as a particularly rich section of BVLGARI jewels, and a selection of natural pearls.”


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