Pounce into Spring

This exciting luxury sale features animal-inspired jewellery from top houses like David Webb, Tiffany & Co and Cartier.

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David Webb, 18k Gold, Emerald, Hinged Leopard Bracelet. Image © Hess Fine Auctions (detail)
David Webb, 18k Gold, Emerald, Hinged Leopard Bracelet. Image © Hess Fine Auctions (detail)

“I couldn’t be more excited for one of our auctions this year, we have some of the most outstanding jewelry and watches on the market this month," said Jeffrey P. Hess, owner and CEO of Hess Fine Auctions when referring to their online auction event on Saturday 16 April.

"The best designers: David Webb, Jean Mahie, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, Rolex, Patek Phillipe, and a lot of it," he continued. "Not to mention, fine art, amazing antiques, and so much more. I am sure everyone bidding is going to find something they will cherish for decades.”

Here are the top lots from the sale, not to miss.

Jean Mahie, 249 grams of 22K Gold Chain Link Necklace, Circa 1980s. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Jean Mahie, 249 grams of 22K Gold Chain Link Necklace, Circa 1980s. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

Jean Mahie is a pseudonym that represents artist Jacline and Jean Marie Mazard, established in Paris, 1970. The father-daughter in-law team prefer to work in 22 karat gold. Each extraordinary, one-of-a-kind piece is hand forged, drawing influence from Roman, Greek, and Phoenician art with an interpretation of primitive design elements, as shown in this 22k gold chain necklace from the 1980s.

David Webb, 18k Gold, Emerald, Hinged Leopard Bracelet. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
David Webb, 18k Gold, Emerald, Hinged Leopard Bracelet. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

David Webb's designs are known for their fanciful flora and fauna motifs using brightly-coloured stones and have been worn by style icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland and Beyonce. This is exemplified in this unique and bold 18k gold and emerald-eyed leopard bracelet, a bold statement piece.

Cartier, 18k Gold, Diamond, Ox Blood Coral, and Onyx, Wasp, Insect Brooch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Cartier, 18k Gold, Diamond, Ox Blood Coral, and Onyx, Wasp, Insect Brooch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

Though the leopard is the symbol of Cartier, the French jeweller is represented in this sale with this wasp brooch. This delicate piece is constructed of 18k gold, diamond, ox blood coral and onyx.

Tiffany & Co., Platinum, 1ctw Diamond Pave, Cancer/Crab Brooch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Tiffany & Co., Platinum, 1ctw Diamond Pave, Cancer/Crab Brooch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

Another animal-inspired work comes from Tiffany & Co. in the shape of a crab. This brooch is perfect for a summer, or for gift for someone with a Cancer birthday (21 June to 22 July) as the crab is the representation of that zodiac sign. It's made of platinum and 1 carat worth of pave diamonds.

Van Cleef & Arpels, Platinum and Diamond Halo Ring w/ GIA Cert. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Van Cleef & Arpels, Platinum and Diamond Halo Ring w/ GIA Cert. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

An unforgettable engagement ring is this Van Cleef & Arpels platinum and diamond halo ring. The timeless round style with a halo setting creates a particularly sparkling look.

Rolex President, Tiffany & Co., 18k Gold Bark Men’s Watch w/ Box. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Rolex President, Tiffany & Co., 18k Gold Bark Men’s Watch w/ Box. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

Retailed by Tiffany & Co is this Rolex Presidential watch in 18k gold. This version of the Day-Date watch, introduced in 1956, was the first to display the date and day of the week in a window on the dial.

Patek Philippe, 18k Gold, IOS Million Dollar Associate, Men’s Watch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions
Patek Philippe, 18k Gold, IOS Million Dollar Associate, Men’s Watch. Image © Hess Fine Auctions

Another stunning gold watch on offer is this model from Patek Philippe called the IOS Million Dollar Associate watch. This particular watch was first made in 1968 for Investors Overseas Services, Ltd.(IOS), an investment company founded in 1955, to be given to its traders when they achieved a turnover of at least a million dollars. About 1,500 of these watches were produced until IOS closed in 1970.

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