The jewellery section in AstaGuru’s upcoming ‘Heirloom Jewellery, Silver, and Exceptional Timepieces’ auction offers traditional Indian jewellery, western-style jewellery, and pieces executed with natural pearls, Burmese rubies, Zambian emeralds, and high-quality diamonds. The auction will also showcase creations by celebrated brands from the west such as Cartier, Tiffany, and Jean Été. A unique creation by Nanubhai Jewellers formerly based in Mumbai will also be presented. Helmed by Nanubhai Jhaveri, the jeweller enjoyed patronage of several princely royalties including Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia of Gwalior and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Jay Sagar, AstaGuru’s Jewellery Specialist, commented, “The Indian auction market is witnessing a consistent demand for vintage jewellery from collectors. We are excited to present an exquisite collection which brings the best of both traditional Indian and classical western jewellery designs. The collection also includes an array of jewellery pieces executed with rare and coveted gemstones from across the world and ones that would make for a worthy inclusion in any important collection.”
The auction is scheduled to take place on May 30-31, 2022.
HEIRLOOM JEWELLERY HIGHLIGHTS
The oldest offering in the auction, lot no. 30, is an antique Hyderabadi Guluband tracing back to circa 1890 and is set with rubies & natural pearls. It will be offered with an estimate of INR 8,00,000 – 9,00,000.
A fine selection of natural pearls jewellery will also be showcased. Lot no. 121, a stunning three-row natural pearl necklace interspaced with faceted crystal discs and a clasp set with old cut diamonds will be offered with an estimate of INR 5,20, 00,000 – 6, 00,00,000. ( Natural Pearl weight : 2485.73 chau / 181 pcs). This lot comes with a SSEF (Schweizerische Stiftung für Edelstein Forschung) certification report.
An elegant five-row necklace, lot no. 130, comprising 453 pieces of graduated natural pearls will be offered with the estimate of INR 1,30, 00,000 – 1, 50,00,000. (Natural Pearl weight : 619.50 chau / 448 pcs)
Lot no. 25 is an important natural pearl and ruby bead necklace affixed to an 18k gold clasp set with diamonds and rubies. This lot will be offered at a value of INR 80, 00,000 – 1, 00,00,000.
Exquisite examples of traditional Indian jewellery will also be showcased in the auction.
Lot no. 48, is a beautiful diamond, natural pearl, and emerald drop choker presented with matching ear pendants. In the bygone era, Guluband/chokers were favoured in particular by the women in the royal household of the Nizam of Hyderabad. This lot will be offered at an estimate of INR 1,75,00,000 – 2, 25,00,000.
An exceptional makara head kada, lot no. 51, set with flat-cut diamonds, rubies, and natural pearls is also a part of the catalogue. The inside of the kada is decorated with polychrome flowers on a white ground, terminating with two makara head finials. It is very rare to see a piece of jadau jewellery inlaid with pearls as is the case with this lot. Executed circa 1900, it will be offered with an estimate of INR 40, 00,000 – 60,00,000.
Lot no. 69 is a rare diamond, emerald, and natural pearl enamelled Guluband featuring thirteen square- shaped gold panels, each set with large table-cut diamonds and pearls with green enamel detailing. It will be offered at a value of INR 45, 00,000 – 55,00,000.
With diverse jewellery designs and styles, the upcoming auction has a lot more to offer.
Lot no. 91 is an elegant 4 row necklace executed with intense red Burmese ruby beads from the historic mines of Mogok. It will be offered with an estimate of INR 1,51,00,000 – 2,00,00,000. This lot comes with a certification of rubies weight by C. Dunaigre, Switzerland.(Ruby weight : 1119.94 cts / 548 pcs)
A four-row Zambian emerald bead necklace, lot no. 117, will be offered at an estimate of INR 61,00,000 – 70,00,000. The highlight of this lot are the perfectly rounded and even-toned Zambian beads. The perfect saturation of green exudes a regal lustre which accentuates
the beauty of this piece. (Emerald weight : 1012.75 cts / 620 pcs)
The auction collection also brings some brilliant examples of classic western jewellery.
Lot on. 90 is an old European cut diamond Rivière. Executed in a French style, this necklace is composed of gemstones that match in shape and size and belong to the same family. This lot will be offered with an estimate of INR 32,00,000 – 38,00,000. (Diamond weight : 27.51 cts (approx) / 86 pcs)
Two extraordinary necklaces by celebrated brand Cartier will also be presented. Synonymous with luxury and elegance for more than 170 years, Cartier was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris in 1847.
Lot no. 2 is a gold & diamond Draperie necklace. Designed as ten rows of gold bead links, the piece is accented with intermittent drops collet-set with 15 single round brilliant – cut diamonds. It will be offered at an estimate of INR 18, 00,000 – 25,00,000.
Lot no. 21 is a magnificent diamond necklace consisting of three rows of bezel-set diamonds in white gold. The necklace is attached to the central removable pendant. This lot is estimated to be acquired at a value of INR 60, 00,000 – 80,00,000 and is presented with the original box. (Diamond weight : 57.00 cts (approx) / 426 pcs)