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The World’s Finest Gemstones And Jewels at Christie’s Geneva

15 Oct / 10
The World’s Finest Gemstones And Jewels at Christie’s Geneva
This November Geneva is going to become a Mecca for all gemstone jewellery collectors, as this is the very city where Christie’s auction of the world’s finest gemstones and jewels is set to take place on November 17th, 2010, at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.

This year, Christies Geneva will be offering almost 300 lots, including top-notch gemstones from the legendary mines, historical jewels with royal provenance as well as vintage and signed pieces.

Some of the featured jewels offered at the auction include:
- a unique pear-shaped D colour, Internally Flawless clarity, Type IIa diamond from the legendary Indian mines of Golconda, weighing 26.17 carats. Suspended form a diamond briolette chain, this vintage pear-shaped diamond is expected to fetch £2 – 3 million.
- an extremely rare unmounted cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire of 19.94 carats, featuring an incredibly rich saturation and velvety blue colour, and carrying a presale estimate of £600 000 – 1000 000.
- an extraordinary square-cut emerald ,weighing 9.27 carats, highly transparent pure crystal, spared any form of enhancement and estimated at £240 000-360 000.

Another highlights of the Christie’s Geneva auction will be a varied selection of rare and important pieces of royal provenance. Two Indian Diamond "Sarpechs", which stands for “head father” in Hindi, and a sign of royalty. One piece features a total of 152 carats, whilst the other is set with high-quality emeralds and diamonds, ranging from 15.16-carat to 7.87-carat each. Worn exclusively by the Moghul emperors, Indian princes and their immediate family, each of the two pieces is estimated £600 000 – 1000 000.

“Golconda, Muzo, Kashmir: these are magic words to any gem connoisseur,” says Jean-Marc Lunel, Head of the Jewellery Department at Christie’s. “They are evocative of the legendary mines from which originate the best quality diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. Fabulous examples of all these top quality gems will be offered at auction at Christie's Geneva in November. Jewellery lovers will also find one of the most exciting selections of jewels with impressive Royal Provenance, together with a variation of extremely rare period, vintage and signed pieces”.
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