Hindman’s Fine & Important Jewelry Auction Once Again Surpasses Expectations

Hindman’s Fine & Important Jewelry Auction Once Again Surpasses Expectations

Hindman’s Jewelry Auctions Continue to Bring Exceptional Results

CHICAGO – Hindman’s December 7th Fine and Important Jewelry Auction realized over $2.1 million in 193 lots with international bidder engagement. Property from the Estate of Louise Hart led the sale, and pieces from other private collections across the country also performed strongly.

“We were thrilled to see another successful Fine & Important Jewelry auction to conclude a fantastic year for the Jewelry Department at Hindman,” said Kimberly Burt, Hindman’s Senior Vice President of Marketing & Luxury Goods. “Buyers are continuing to demonstrate high engagement as the jewelry auctions continue to thrive.”

Pieces from a wide variety of time periods and styles were featured in the sale, including contemporary jewelry and signed pieces from renowned houses such as Cartier, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more.

An Important Diamond Ring
Containing one emerald cut diamond weighing 11.78 carats and two tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.50 carat total. Mounted in platinum. Ring size 8. Price Realized: $250,000

Diamond rings led the auction, with an important diamond ring from the Hart estate leading the entire sale. The ring contained an emerald cut diamond weighing 11.78 carats and sold for over double its pre-sale estimate of $120,000 – $180,000 and ultimately realized $250,000. A ring containing one round brilliant cut diamond weighing 6.79 carats sold for above its estimate at $108,800. Concluding the top diamond lots was one containing a brilliant cut diamond weighing 7.05 carats that sold for $96,000, which surpassed its pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$80,000; and a ring containing one round brilliant cut diamond weighing 12.05 carats that exceeded its expected estimate and sold for $87,500.

A particularly unique and stunning piece was an antique royal diamond tiara, which ultimately realized over 10 times its pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$8,000, selling for $68,750. Worn by Princess Eugenia for her 1938 wedding to Prince Dominik Radziwiłł , the tiara contains numerous old mine, rose, and mixed cut diamonds weighing approximately 18 to 20 carats total and seven diamond simulants. The tiara is formerly from the Collection of the House of Habsburg by descent through the Radziwiłł family.

Another top lot, also from the Hart estate, were the diamond studs which realized $62,500, against a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Diamond and Ruby ‘Love Birds’ Brooch
Consisting of a yellow gold branch and nest with two platinum birds containing numerous round brilliant and single cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.55 carats total and three round mixed cut rubies.
1 1/4x 2 inches. Price Realized: $30,000

Van Cleef & Arpels pieces brought strong results throughout the sale. A Van Cleef & Arpels yellow gold and diamond ‘cheveux d’ange’ necklace beat its pre-sale estimate and sold for $45,000. The necklace consists of a graduating angled fringe containing 35 round brilliant cut diamonds. Brooches by the designer also were standout pieces including a diamond and ruby ‘Love Birds’ brooch which sold for $30,000, well over its pre-sale estimate, and a diamond and turquoise brooch with 53 round brilliant cut diamonds, which ultimately realized $23,750. Another piece that did far better than anticipated was a fancy gray-blue diamond (weighing 0.63 carat) pendant (unsigned), which sold for $21,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.