Diamonds, Colored Gems and Unique Stones on Offer at Bonhams & Butterfields

. March 6, 2008

Jewelry from the estate of a Florida collector to highlight March 10, 2008 sale

Bonhams & Butterfields, international fine arts auctioneers, bring contemporary and period jewelry to auction on March 10, 2008. Simulcast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the firm’s Spring offering features more than 400-lots of diamond, platinum, famous-maker and signed jewels. Works by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Rolex and Van Cleef & Arpels will be featured.

“The market for diamonds and signed pieces continues to be strong. We are pleased to offer a selection of fresh-to-market works in a variety of brilliant shapes and stunning colors by famous makers,” said Michael Larsen, G.G., Jewelry Specialist, Bonhams & Butterfields.

Highlighting the March sale are jewels from an impressive Florida estate. “The collector was an astute connoisseur of premium colored gemstones and distinctive jewels. The offering boasts a wide range of pieces – from classic every-day jewelry to unusual stones,” said Larsen.

Offerings from this Florida estate include fine gemstones such as an unheated sapphire (est. $1,500/2,000), a natural spinel (est. $2,500/3,500) and a pair of yellow sapphire, emerald, diamond and rose quartz clip-earrings signed Boucheron with French assay marks (est. $2/3,000). As well, numerous desirable diamond and gem set platinum pieces should interest collectors. Also offered will be Art Deco period timepieces and a selection of lapel, travel and wrist watches by Audemars Freres, Jaeger LeCoultre for Van Cleef & Arpels and by Cartier.

Additional property featured in the March sale will include a stunning diamond ring boasting a trio of centered diamonds flanked by two additional stones mounted in platinum (est. $3,500/5,500), a 12.85-carat diamond bracelet (est. $5,500/7,500) and a colored diamond and white diamond bracelet decorated in an intricate fleur de lis pattern.

The illustrated auction catalog for the March 10, 2008 sale is currently online at www.bonhams.com/us. Previews open in San Francisco on February 29- March 2 and in Los Angeles on March 7-9, 2008.

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