Diamonds are everyone’s best friend, as is evident at an upcoming auction by leading auction house, Christie’s, on November 12 in Geneva. “Magnificent Jewels” is an auction of 284 pieces of private jewellery from across the world — from Bolivian tycoon Simon Itturi Patino’s famous collection, Art Deco of Van Cleef & Arpels, to renowned Jacques Cartier of the House of Cartier and his breakthrough Oriental designs. The glowing moment of the auction is a rare piece titled The Orange, a pear-shaped orange-coloured diamond of 14.82 carats, considered one of the rarest gems in the world of diamonds, estimated between $17,826,027 and $21,168,407.
Among the collection is Cartier’s rare Tutti-frutti series inspired by his first visit to India in 1911. These designs not only had a profound impact on the firm’s designs in the ’20s and ’30s, but also affected the entire jewellery design field in the West. Cartier had a network of buying agents in India, centered in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, through which he procured rare Indian stones, including precious gemstones engraved in leaf, blossom and berry shapes.
The Tutti-frutti style was characterised by vibrant jewels of colour and flowing naturalistic design, contrasting with the geometric Art Deco style, mainly executed in diamonds. On sale is an Art Deco diamond and multi-gem tutti-frutti bracelet from 1930s, estimated between $800,000-1,200,000.