Online sales of top-tier fine jewelry have come a long way. Where consumers used to balk at the prospect of buying a $10,000 or $20,000 piece of jewelry online, sight unseen, the COVID-19 pandemic (and the sheer fact that most people are super-comfortable with e-commerce in 2022) have created an ecosystem where nothing is “too expensive” to purchase online—for someone. Not even cars, homes, and uninhabited islands.
Case in point: Christie’s upcoming Jewels Online auction, which begins Sept. 19, features over 200 lots ranging from antique to contemporary. Within the group are several signed jewels by makers including Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Hemmerle, JAR, Oscar Heyman & Brothers, Seaman Schepps, Taffin, Tiffany & Co, Jean Schlumberger, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Many of these pieces, including two Schlumberger gold Tiffany brooches and a diamond-and-onyx Cartier panther brooch, are as iconic as it gets in jewelry design (see them below). And expected sale prices for the offerings top out at $150,000 (for a 7.5 ct. diamond ring—it’s also pictured below). The sale is further proof that at minimum, consumers trust legacy retailers, such as Christies, enough to bid on items priced the thousands of dollars.
Here are some of the very legendary jewels coming up for auction—online only.
Christies’ Jewels Online sale starts Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. EDT. Browse, bid, and buy from Sept. 19-30.
Top: Group shot of jewelry pieces in the upcoming Jewels Online sale (all photos courtesy of Christie’s)