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    Thursday, October 31st, 2019

    This Fancy Deep Blue Diamond ring of 7.03 carats mounted by Moussaieff will lead Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on November 12.

    (Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 11.6 MILLION CHF

    It is estimated at 10-14 million Swiss francs. A superb D quality diamond ring of 46.93 carats and internally flawless clarity is estimated at 3.8-4.5 million CHF. The sale offers sought after gemstones including coloured diamonds, pearls, Kashmir sapphires, Burmese rubies and Colombian emeralds. Among the signed jewels and historic pieces is an unusual turquoise and diamond Belle Époque brooch, circa 1910, acquired by Dame Nellie Melba at the peak of her career (CHF 250,000-350,000). In a long list of famous jewellery collectors, Dame Nellie Melba was one of the era’s most prominent icons and a well-established client of Cartier. She was honoured in the late 19th century by the Savoy Hotel’s French chef Auguste Escoffier with the creation of the Peach Melba.

    Belle Époque brooch, circa 1910, acquired by Dame Nellie Melba (Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR CHF 212,500