• World auction record for a Kashmir sapphire
  • 138 buyers from 24 countries
  • Strong results for coloured gems and natural pearls
  • Intense competition on jewels by JAR

Geneva – On 13 May 2015, Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels fetched a total result of SFr.91,246,875 / US$97,515,535  / €86,666,281, selling 77% by lot and 81% by value.

The top lot of the sale was a rectangular-cut fancy vivid pink diamond ring of 5.18 carats, which sold for SFr.10,021,000 / $10,709,442 / €9,517,945 ($2,067,459 per carat).

A cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire ring of 35.09 carats changed hands for SFr.6,885,000 / $7,357,999 / €6,539,373 ($209,689 per carat), establishing a world auction record for a Kashmir sapphire.

 Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie's Jewellery Department, declared: “The inexorable rise in demand for coloured gemstones and pearls continued this evening.  A 35.09 carat Kashmir sapphire established a new world record which equates to over $200,000 per carat. A single strand of natural pearls changed hands for $3.8 million and a 5.18 carat vivid pink diamond sold for $10.7 million. We now look forward to exciting sales in Paris, Hong Kong, London and New York during the next month.”



                   TOP LOTS


The most valuable lot of Christie's Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels was a rectangular-cut fancy vivid pink diamond ring of 5.18 carats, which sold for SFr.10,021,000 / $10,709,442 / €9,517,945 ($2,067,459 per carat; illustrated right).

A record-breaking cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire ring of 35.09 carats fetched SFr.6,885,000 / $7,357,999 / €6,539,373 ($209,689 per carat), establishing a world auction record for a Kashmir sapphire (illustrated left).

International collectors fiercely bid on each of the four jewels by JAR which achieved a combined total of $1,714,195.

Royal Emeralds of India: a pair of antique Colombian emerald Indian bangles, circa 1900, sold for SFr.1,625,000 / $1,736,637 / €1,543,425 (illustrated below left)


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