Diamond Tuesday – Treasure of Heiress Huguette M. Clark

To a fashion/jewelry blog or  those who are familiar with who’s who in the diamond industry, Christie’s is a very familiar name known for their stunning diamond jewelry finds. One might say, that they are a staple to the diamond industry blog-o-sphere. Well, they have done it again, and it is truly a treasure find that has all of the potential to attract some serious buyers. As touted by the JCK staff writers in the latest news, a “9 carat purple-pink diamond” is scheduled to be auctioned on April 17, 2012 in New York City.

The estate of Huguette M. Clark, an heiress living during the gilded age, had apparently stored her most precious jewelry and gems. For those unfamiliar with the “gilded age” and its time period, this covered the years between the Civil War and World War I. At any rate, such and amazing and brilliant collection has even taken  Christie’s into a world of excitement and intrigue.

Christie’s Stunned at Collection

Imagine being the one to have an incredible opportunity to first-hand open and see this delightful “treasure trove”, as Rahul Kadikia the head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas stated recently. You know if those who deal in jewelry, particularly diamond jewelry, all of the time are almost speechless by the beauty of a collection, then it must be something to behold.

It is currently scheduled to showcase the entire 17 pieces of the collection on display at Christie’s in their Hong Kong, Geneva, and London locations at the end of March, 2012. In preparation for the actual auction in April, this rare viewing is certain to open up all kinds of speculation on how much these jewels will auction for, and who will be the fortunate few to take possession of an heiress’ collection.

Auction Teasers

As a teaser to the auction, here is a brief sample of what is planning to be available:

  • 9 carat, cushion-cut, fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond, a Belle Époque mounting and set by Dreicer & Co., estimated value is already topping out at a cool $8 million dollars, a true diamond jewelry treasure
  • Another real attraction for any diamond ring connoisseurs, a 19.86 carat ring with a colorless diamond by none other than Cartier for as much as $3 million dollars.
  • Finally, and possibly one of the most exciting moments of the auction will be when a sapphire, emerald, ruby, and gold bracelet is laid out for the eyes to feast upon. Real jewelry blog fodder! What’s more, this radiant beauty is thought to be designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany of the notable Tiffany and Company; an estimated high value of $12 million dollars.

A Piece of History

This Clark collection stems from a magnificent period in France during the early 1900’s and includes diamond jewelry and other jewelry that existed in some of the most prominent and impressive homes of the period. Heiress Huguette M. Clark’s picture gives credence to a classic persona of what elegant and refined would look like during the gilded period.

Such beauty and absolutely stunning presence is indicative of grace and poise during an industrial revolutionary time, and it’s the kind of thing a jewelry blog like ours loves to write. Seeing or being a part of a unique auction experience can only be described as an honored event and cherished moment in auction history.

By James, for Raymond Lee Jewelers. If you like our fashion and jewelry blog, subscribe for more celebrity news… name brand news and general diamond jewelry and diamond industry knowledge! We write about industry trends and special events like the Huguette M. Clark auction.


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