Being a savvy gal, I don’t have to buy everything brand new. From time to time I will look to auction houses such as Christies and Sotheby for more exotic jewelry pieces. If a gal is lucky, she might find great pieces at quite reasonable prices, comparing to original retail prices. But, it is important to do all the required researches to ensure a gal is truly getting a bargain and don’t forget to add the 18% fee to the bidding price.
1. intense blue diamond 7.02 carats, est. value $3.5 millions to $5 millions
SG tried one on for size few years ago in a 3 carats and was mesmerized by the beautiful blue tone. These pictures just do not do justice to the beauty of color diamonds.
2. intense pink/purple diamond ring 5.6 carats, est. value $2.6 millions to $3 millions (Isn't pink the prettiest diamond color? It's SG's favorite!)
These two diamonds look about the same with similar cut, carat and clarity but...
no. 3 at 16.05 carats with D color is worth est, value of $1 million to $1.5 millions. On the other hand, no. 4 at 14.49 carats with K color and faint brown tint is worth only $200,000 to $250,000. (Ah... what a beautiful cut!) 5. Tiffany orchid brooch is from $40,000 to $60,000. I am fascinated by the delicate workmanship.
6. Van Cleef & Arpels sapphire cabochon with ruby and diamond set in yellow gold, est. value $25,000 to $35,000. The reminds SG of a Chanel brooch.
7. Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace, est. value $40,000 to $60,000. I don't know where I can wear this but it's such a classic necklace.
Tiffany & Co. diamond ring, 8.23 carats est. value $800,000 to $1.2 millions. (This diamond is about size of my thumb nail.)
Last but not least, Van Cleef & Arpel flower watch set in diamond, est. value $50,000 to $70,000
The value of this watch brand new is about triple. If condition is excellent, then I will buy it at the auction instead of the retail boutique. But it is important to figure out price break of a new watch and don't forget to add the 18% fee on top of the bidding price to ensure a truly savvy deal.
So savvy gals, what is your favorite piece of SG's list from Christies auction in New York on Oct. 15, 2008?