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Event Date13 April 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 19929

Magnificent Jewels

New York
Magnificent Jewels

Sale Overview

The New York April Magnificent Jewels sale offers over 200 lots, highlighted by sensational colored diamonds, noteworthy gemstones, important private collections, and a wide selection of signed jewels by makers including Belperron, Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Hemmerle, JAR, Lacloche, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.  Featured colored diamonds include “The Perfect Palette,” a vibrant collection of three rings set with a fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 2.13, a fancy vivid orange diamond ring of 2.34 carats, and a fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring of 2.17 carats.  Notably, the sale offers two significant lots without reserve, a pair of impressive diamond earrings and a fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring.  Private collections offer curated selections of signed jewels from the Estate of Jacqueline Leeds and the Property of an Elegant Midwestern Collector. This sale also features a Bulgari ‘Serpenti’ wristwatch with proceeds designated for The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF).

Viewing by appointment 9-12 April. Please contact usjewels@christies.com or +1 (212) 636-2300.

Auction times
13 Apr 10:00 AM (EDT) Lots 1-217

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Daphne Lingon

Daphne Lingon

Head of Jewellery Department, Americas | Jewellery

Daphne Lingon began her jewelry career at Christie’s East in 1993 and in 2017, Ms. Lingon was named head of the jewelry department at Christie’s Americas. Her department in New York hosts three Magnificent Jewels sales and five Jewels Online sales a year.

Ms. Lingon’s sale highlights include jewelry belonging to Ellen Barkin, the Blair Family Collection, Doris Duke, Noreen Stonor Drexel, Margaret Adderley Kelly, Peggy and David Rockefeller and the Rothschild Family, amongst others. In 2011, she was instrumental in the sale of jewelry from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, which sold for a world-record price of $144.1m, the highest total ever achieved for a single owner collection of jewelry. In June 2019, the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale realized $109.3 million, the highest total for any auction of Indian Art and Mughal Jeweled Objects. In December 2019, Ms. Lingon assisted the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the sale of two significant pieces to benefit future acquisitions. Formerly from the collection of Mrs. Jessie Ball Dupont, the “Dupont Emerald” sold for $1.64 million and “Dupont Ruby” realized $8.96 million.

Widely interviewed about the international jewelry market, Ms. Lingon has appeared in numerous publications such as Elle Décor, W Magazine, The Financial Times, Town & Country and The New York Times, as well as on national and regional television programs including CBS Sunday Morning and panel discussions hosted by Stellene Volandes for The 92nd Street Y. She is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the Bruce Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Georgia Historical Society, GIA Alumni Association, Museum of the City of New York, New York School of Interior Design and Winterthur.

A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Ms. Lingon graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University with a B.A. in History and Asian Studies and earned a Graduate Gemology (G.G.) certificate from the Gemological Institute of America.

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