A late 19th century sapphire and diamond brooch leads Christie’s sale of Important Jewels in London on November 26. The sale includes an array of both antique and modern jewellery, signed pieces by the great houses such as Cartier, Chaumet, Dior, Graff, Mauboussin, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, together with some exceptional coloured stones and diamonds. The exceptional brooch was once owned by the Hon Evelina Rothschild, and could well have been a wedding present when she married Clive Behrens on December 5, 1899. What makes this brooch so special is the sapphire of Kashmir origin at over 14 carats which bears no indications of heating and is rare in its finely proportioned cut and richly saturated colour. It is estimated at £400,000-500,000.
The sale of 444 lots is expected to achieve in excess of £9 million.