Two Impressive Diamonds Headline Tomorrow’s Important Jewels Auction at Christie’s New York

Two impressive diamonds — one weighing 101.36 carats and the other 81.38 carats — are set to go under the hammer tomorrow at Christie’s Important Jewels auction in New York City.

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As Christie’s kicks off its fall season with 350 lots, the one with the highest pre-sale estimate is a platinum pendant necklace featuring a cushion-cut diamond weighing a staggering 101.36 carats.

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Expected to fetch from $4.25 million to $6.25 million, the L-color, VS2-clarity diamond is suspended on a simple black silk cord with pavé-set terminals crafted in platinum. The Gemological Institute of America reports that the stone has excellent polish and symmetry.

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Tomorrow’s co-headliner is an eye-popping pendant necklace highlighted by a near-flawless 81.38-carat diamond, which is the largest diamond dangling at the end of a detachable pendant.

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The stone was given a K color grade and VVS1 clarity rating by the GIA. It also earned a supplemental letter from GIA stating the diamond has been determined to be a Type IIa diamond. The rare Type IIa rating means the diamond is chemically pure and displays an exceptional optical transparency.

The detachable pendant is set with three rectangular-cut diamonds, weighing 81.38, 15.30 and 7.04 carats. Each is spaced by smaller round diamonds. The neckchain sparkles with an impressive array of 17 round diamonds — the largest weighing 15.46 carats — spaced by rectangular and square-cut stone. The diamonds are set in 18-karat white gold. The necklace carries a pre-sale estimate of $2.8 million to $3.5 million.

Christie’s International Jewelry department has been on a roll in 2014. The first half of the year saw eight new world auction records and jewelry sales of $362 million.

Christie’s New York Important Jewels Sale will be held at the company’s Rockefeller Plaza salesroom in the heart of the city.

Photos: Christie’s

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