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