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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Christie’s Enters the Contemporary Jewelry Market with 7 Curated Jewels For Online Sale

Opal and Diamond Starburst Ring by Maiyet Fine Jewelry set with a circular cabochon opal within a rose-cut diamond and 18k gold starburst mount. $42,500

Christie’s auction house has added to its online offerings with seven jewels created by four contemporary jewelry designers.

The one-of-kind pieces were curated by Dalia Oberlander, founder & CEO of Latest Revival, a luxury jewelry website, and sold exclusively on Christie’s e-commerce site, www.Christies.com/OnlineOnly.

Fossilized Dinosaur Bone and Diamond Ring By Monique Péan set with an irregularly shaped black fossilized dinosaur bone, within a micro pavé-set circular-cut diamond and 18k white gold mount. $31,640

The creations by contemporary jewelry designers, CompletedWorks, Maiyet, Monique Péan, and Pamela Love, range in cost from $3,000 - $132,680. The sale began Wednesday.

Oberlander, said she wanted the collection to have a broad representation of the contemporary jewelry available.

Marble and Diamond Ring by Completedworks set with column-shaped Breccia di Massa marble, surrounded by a circular-cut diamond and 18k gold vine motif, mounted in 18k gold. $15,000

“I wanted to feature a mix of designers with established presence as well as younger designers,” she said. “Each of them are innovators in their field, whether they are working with unusual materials or introducing unique designs to the marketplace.”

John Auerbach, Christie’s International managing director, eCommerce, said the collection of custom pieces offers its clients a “compelling” reason to shop online.

Diamond Earrings by Deborah Pagani designed as a baguette-cut diamond openwork chandelier set with circular-cut diamonds and black diamond detail, suspended from a similarly-set top, mounted in 18k white gold. $19,360

“We’re always looking to offer clients access to the best and most exquisite property,” he said. “Latest Revival’s relationships with contemporary jewelry designers allowed us to curate a truly unique assortment of custom pieces.”

Oberlander added, “It's the perfect moment for a cohesive showcase of estate and contemporary jewels worn in unison.”

Diamond Necklace by Monique Péan, the open collar designed as a cascade of pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds, mounted in 18k white gold. $132,680

Highlights from the seven piece collection include an 18k gold ring by CompletedWorks that features a column-shaped Breccia di Massa marble surrounded by a circular cut diamond and 18k gold vine motif; a ring set with an irregularly shaped black fossilized dinosaur bone within a micro pavé-set circular-cut diamond and 18k white gold mount by Monique Péan; and 18k white gold baguette-cut diamond openwork chandelier earrings by Deborah Pagani.

The most expensive piece is an 18k recycled white gold necklace in an open-collar design, also by Monique Péan, featuring a cascade of 24.06 carats in pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds. It’s priced at $132,680.

Opal, Diamond and 10k Gold 'Frida' Earrings by Pamela Love designed as a circular opal stud, with an earring back jacket suspending three 10k gold feathers set with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in 10k gold. $3,000

Each item will include a signed sketch from the designer.

Auerbach said clients in New York who wish to view the jewels can make an appointment with a Christie’s eCommerce specialist for a private showing.

Diamond and Platinum Ring by Monique Péan set with a marquise-cut diamond within a micro pavé-set circular-cut diamond surround, to the micro pavé-set circular-cut diamond hoop, mounted in platinum. $36,060

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