|Thu July 25 2013 15:20:51|
Christie's Summer Jewels Auction: An Online-Only First
By: Julia Wilkinson
Christie's is holding its first online-only Summer Jewels Auction from July 17 to July 26th. Could this portend more such online-only sales for the renowned auction house?
The sale features over 100 pieces from such as designers Lily Gabriella Elia, of Monaco; and Olivia Wildenstein, of Paris; "world travelers who attribute the uniqueness of their collections to their wanderslust and love for art," according to Christie's. Also in the sale are pieces from Marina B, Roberto Coin and Salavetti.
Among the beauties being offered:
- An amethyst, diamond and gold necklace by designer Lily Gabriella, expected to fetch from $3,500 to $4,500:
- A citrine and diamond "bonbon" ring; Keemee by Olivia Wildenstein:
François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Jewelry Department, called this online-only sale "an exciting new venture for us at Christie’s," and hailed Lily Gabriella Elia and Keemee designer Olivia Wildenstein as among "the young shining stars working within the jewelry world today.”
According to Christie's, highlights of Elia's collection include a diamond pendant necklace (estimate: $4,000 – 5,000), an 18K white gold and diamond ring inspired by Elia’s South American heritage (estimate: $2,800 – 3,800) and the aforementioned amethyst, diamond and gold necklace (estimate: $3,500 – 4,500)
Wildenstein "developed her eye for accessories after an internship with Oscar de la Renta thus leading to her creation of gem-set jewelry," according to Christie's. Her creations are comprised of rounded and organic jewels worked in 18K gold, diamonds and cultured pearls. Among her top piece, in addition to the citrine and diamond ‘Bonbon’ ring (estimate: $1,000 – 1,500), are a garnet and diamond ‘Bonbon’ ring (estimate: $1,000 – 1,500), and a pair of cultured pearl and diamond “Coeurs Enlacés” ear pendants (estimate: $6,000 – 8,000).
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