Diamonds, A girl's best friend
In their precise abruptness, numbers can be irksome at times, like in this New York sale on 16 October at Christie's. The total reached $49,99M, just below the fateful bar of fifty million, of which the principal lot - a pendant necklace set with a 50,52 ct pear-shaped diamond (D, IF)- was sold for $9.49M, a little under ten million. However, the figures do have something reassuring about them: the lots offered were knocked down at 87% in number and 93% in value. Thus the sale was a clear-cut success and, as per usual, showcased diamonds, including some coloured. Indeed, only a two-strand pearl necklace managed to pull itself up into the list of the most expensive lots, selling for $3.66M; and what magnificent pearls they are! All of a similar water and of diameters measuring 6.50 to 12.25mm, they form a “skin” of delicate lustre and are attached to a 3 ct Golconda diamond clasp signed Cartier. It is truly an exceptional necklace. For the rest, diamonds took the lion’s share, starting with this sumptuous pair of earrings, flaunting two pear-shaped diamonds- one yellow (52,78 cts, SI1) and the other colourless (50,31 cts, K, SI1)-, auctioned off for $4.67M in accordance with its (generous) low estimation. On the other hand, a ring bearing a pink pear-shaped diamond (10,52 cts, SI1, type IIa), signed Galt, who was a prestigious jeweller from Washington, found a buyer for $2.21M, doubling the estimate put in place. All of the highest bids recorded during the sale concerned diamonds or jewellery mainly decorated with diamonds. The words “a girl’s best friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe therefore remain unassailable: does this not say that its beauty and small quantity create a safe haven, forever reassuring even in a period of economic difficulty? X. N.
GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL I N° 19