Million-Dollar Natural Pearl and Diamond Suite

Million-Dollar Natural Pearl and Diamond Suite

A magnificent million-dollar natural pearl suite of jewellery made by Bogh-Art, the Geneva-based contemporary jewellers, leads Christie’s October 27, Jewels and Watches sale in Dubai, along with an important private collection of Parures. Following the success of this April’s first offering of Art Deco jewellery in the Middle East, the auction will also include an impressive art deco ruby and diamond necklace made around 1930. They will be offered alongside a dazzling selection of coloured stones, rare gems, stunning diamonds and limited edition watches with intricate complications, from some of the world’s finest watch makers. The sale will once again lure collectors from around the Middle East to this twice yearly social highlight.

A private collection of more than 40 Parures, or jewellery suites, the largest selection ever to be sold at auction, is also part of the sale and is presented in its own catalogue. Highlights of the collection include a fine 26ct cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring, along with two important cabochon Ceylon sapphires of 180cts and 130cts, all three stones are natural with no heat treatment and all lots will be offered without reserve (separate press release available).

David Warren, International Director and Head of the Middle Eastern Jewellery Department, said: “'This season our sale contains a rich variation of jewels, from the classic lines and craftsmanship of Art Deco, to top contemporary jewels from European and Middle Eastern designers, coloured diamonds, rare gems including the second largest orange melo pearl to be offered at auction and finally the important single owner collection of Fabulous Parures.”

An extremely rare melo pearl, the second largest ever recorded and one of only 9 ever offered for sale at auction, is expected to sell for $180,000-200,000 / AED 670,000-920,000 (lot 87). It is perfectly round, weighs 224 carats and is an alluring orange colour without any blemishes. The melo pearl, named after the mollusc melo amphora, is found in the waters of the South China Sea. For the Emperors, who wore the Imperial colours of yellow and orange, a Melo pearl was highly prized and its image is often found on Imperial robes with the symbol of a dragon chasing an orange or melo pearl.

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