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

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 Previews open in San Francisco on February 29- March 2 and in Los Angeles on March 7-9, 2008.