Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sotheby's Important Jewels Sale - Feb 6, 2014 (New York)

New favorite distraction: building "My Catalog" on the Sotheby's website. While scrolling through the online auction catalogs you can click the "Add To My Catalog" button and it will generate your very own covet list. Quite convenient for printing and leaving, oh say, inconspicuously on the coffee table for someone to take the hint! Excited to see how the sale turns out and wishing I was in New York!

My top pick from this sale is this pair of earrings from Charles de Temple, a British designer best known for his sculptural work in gold and for making the gold finger used in the 1965 James Bond movie, Goldfinger

Lot 201: Pair of White Gold and Diamond Pendant-Earrings by Charles de Temple
Information and Photo credit: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2014/important-jewels-n09115/lot.201.html
Of flexible design, topped by two old mine-cut diamonds weighing 1.84 and 1.68 carats, accented by 26 smaller old mine-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.50 carats, signed CDET; pendants and wreath-form jackets removable. Estimate: USD $10,000$15,000

What I love about these earrings:
1. old mine-cut diamonds: stones with serious personality
2. sinuous metal droplets provide a dynamic backdrop and frame for the diamonds
3. flexible design would be stunning with the wearer's movement
4. changing looks: the pendants and wreath-like jackets around the large diamond studs are removable! A fun, practical and stunning investment

Links:The full Sotheby's Important Jewels Sale (February 6, 2014) catalog 
For more information about the designer, Charles de Temple, see footnotes
Great footage of the designer at work in his studio in this video

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