Fine Jewelry to be Offered on April 26 at Bonhams New York

. April 24, 2007

Bonhams, international fine arts auctioneers, bring exquisite diamonds and period jewelry to auction in New York City on April 26, 2007. The firm’s Fine Jewelry sale comprises nearly 200-lots and will be simulcast to the West Coast galleries of Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Expected to attract serious interest are a variety of diamonds and period pieces. Of particular significance is an exquisite square-cut diamond and platinum solitaire ring weighing 16.23 carats (est. $150/250,000) stemming from the Estate of Audrey Callner of Chicago, Illinois. An Art Deco diamond and emerald bracelet (est. $25/30,000) is by Bert H. Satz, who opened his jewelry business in New York City in the late 1920s before moving west to set up shop in Beverly Hills. A gorgeous pair of Harry Winston diamond and platinum earrings feature round brilliant-cut diamonds above tapered baguettes and pear-shaped diamonds (est. $45/65,000) while a diamond and platinum line necklace comprises 93 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an estimated total carat weight of 22.50 carats, expected to bring $30,000 to $50,000.

Solitaire rings – including several by Tiffany & Co. (with estimates in the $35,000 to $65,000 range), two-stone rings – including a cross-over designed ring in gold with pear-shaped diamonds (est. $5/6,000) and several three-stone rings should be of interest to collectors, members of the trade and those in search of fine jewelry. Colored diamond rings – such as a light yellow radiant-cut 6.73 carat diamond ring (est. $50/70,000), a 7.01 carat fancy orange-brown diamond ring (est. $23/25,000) and a round brilliant-cut light brown diamond ring accented by smaller pink diamonds (est. $62/65,000) – are to be offered. The auction features property from several private collections from across North America including Manhattan, Colorado, and particularly notable from the California Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith, a Wellesley College and UCLA grad born in Ohio in 1919.

From Mrs. Smith’s collection come wonderful 1950s pieces incorporating diamonds and aquamarines in a brooch, bracelet, ring and earrings. By Cartier is an emerald, sapphire, and diamond bird brooch and matching earclips (est. $12/18,000). Her beautifully detailed Art Deco diamond and emerald platinum bangle bracelet is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, while also noteworthy is her 1940s Van Cleef & Arpels diamond bangle bracelet.

A diamond and platinum pendant necklace designed with two vertically suspended old European-cut diamonds, as well as a wide link platinum bracelet set with European, baguette and single-cut diamonds are both estimated to bring from $10,000 to $15,000. A pair of fabulous Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond flower earrings (est. $10/15,000) as well as a stunning red enamel and diamond bangle bracelet by David Webb (est. $8/10,000) and many other pieces are on preview in New York City at the Bonhams gallery on Madison Avenue beginning April 21, continuing daily until sale day on Thursday, April 26. The illustrated auction catalog is online for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/us

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