Exquisite jewelry from the 1950s and 1960s, the Art Deco era, and more.
Christie’s New York presents “Magnificent Jewels.” This collection of exquisite jewelry, much of it from the 1950s, 1960s, and the Art Deco era, hails from such venerable jewelers as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and David Webb. One of the auction’s highlights is a magnificent piece of history: a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond-and-sapphire brooch owned by Eva Peron. The woman nicknamed “Evita” by her worshipful public wore this brooch, its white and yellow diamonds and sapphires forming the shape of an undulating Argentine flag, to express the love she felt for her country (not to mention for fancy jewelry). This exquisite brooch is just one of 400 exquisite lots of jewelry soon to be auctioned off at Christie’s. During a recent auction preview for media at Christie’s in Beverly Hills, Flavorpill was fortunate enough to speak to Leslie Roskind, Senior Specialist, Jewelry Department and Senior Vice President Christie's Americas, to find out which piece in the collection she finds the most remarkable. “The pink diamond ring is the most unusual and rare piece of all the jewels we’re auctioning in October. At 8.77 carats, and with such an intense pink shade, it’s a truly unique piece.” Another noteworthy piece in the collection is a swoon-worthy Art Deco chloromelanite jade and white gold bracelet dating back to 1925 and signed by Jean Fouquet. It’s easy to imagine Daisy Buchanan or a star of the era, such as Gloria Swanson or Louise Brooks, in this rare, unusual piece. The auction takes place on October 15 in New York at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, but non-New Yorkers can bid online at christies.com.