CHRISTIE’S April 2009 Sales in Dubai: Diamonds, Pearls & Spectacular Watches


Jewels and Watches Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 at 7pm Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai

The sale will include rare coloured gemstones and exquisite natural pearls crafted into jewels by many of the world’s leading designers including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and Harry Winston alongside watches by Patek Philippe, Rolex and Franck Muller.

Early highlights include a pair of diamond ear studs, each set with a circular-cut diamond weighing 12.56 and 11.65 carats’ with an estimate of US$150,000 – 200,000 (illustrated here) and a classic five-row natural pearl necklace estimated at US$180,000-220,000. A 9.38 carat, brilliant-cut diamond ring is also included with an estimate of $35,000-50,000 alongside an emerald and diamond parure by Tabbah comprising a bracelet, a pair of earings and ring with an estimate of $180,000-220,000.

Further highlights include a pair of yellow drop diamond earrings (estimate: $30,000-40,000); a pendant set with three yellow diamonds, 2, 3 and 5 carats respectively, (estimate: $40,000-60,000); and a ladies Chopard diamond-set wristwatch with a white gold bracelet (estimate: $3,000-5,000). Also from Chopard is a ‘Happy Diamond’ wristwatch, so called because of the loose diamonds that ‘rattle’ around the watch face with an estimate of $6,000-8,000.

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