Clockwise from top left: Platinum, Fancy Brownish Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring, Harry Winston, Estimate $250/350,000; Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, France, circa 1950, Estimate $150,000-200,000; Platinum and Diamond Ring, Estimate $400/600,000; Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond and Diamond Pendant-Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, 1978, Estimate $1.5/2 million.
Tomorrow morning, Sotheby’s opens its Magnificent Jewels collection, where breathtaking pieces owned by Estée Lauder, Evelyn Lauder and Jayne Wrightsman go on display. I was invited for a sneak preview this morning and found a few I’d be willing to do some serious over-time for. Yellow diamonds are my weakness, so this 20.10 carat Harry Winston canary diamond ring caught my eye. However, my neck started to get jealous, so the Van Cleef & Arpels “Heart of Windsor” necklace of Estée’s (formerly owned by the Duchess of Windsor) is also on the list. If rubies are more your speed, Estée’s Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond extravaganza should do the trick. The best part? All proceeds from the Mrs. Lauders’ jewelry will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Now, that’s my idea of sweet charity.
Images: Property from the Collection of Estée Lauder, Sold to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation