April Jewels & Watches

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11 AM EDT     |      Live & Online



Fortuna’s exciting April Jewels & Watches sale, took place on April 8, 2021 at 11am EDT. This auction was particularly exciting for collectors of diamonds and high-end brands alike.

A dazzling auction highlight, a 4.20-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring attracted a frenzy of energetic bidder activity.  This eye-catching diamond is sure to make a statement with its beautiful E color and VVS2 clarity. After a starting bid of $75,000, the ring ultimately achieved an impressive $118,750 at auction. This exceptionally luscious ring, along with other fine estate jewels from esteemed houses—such as Cartier, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co.—were offered in abundance in the April Jewels & Watches auction, perfect for both discerning collectors and lovers of all things sparkly.

Auction Highlights


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Sales Specialist

Anissa Carroll, G.G., Senior Jewelry Specialist

(212) 389-9040, ext. 116


Bidding Services

Hyesoung Lee, Auction Operations

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4.20-Carat Emerald-Cut E/VVS2 Diamond Ring

A dazzling auction highlight, a 4.20-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring attracted a frenzy of energetic bidder activity. This eye-catching diamond makes quite a statement with its beautiful E color and blinding VVS2 clarity. After a starting bid of $75,000, the ring ultimately achieved an impressive $118,750 at auction. The central stone is flanked by two bullet-shaped diamonds, weighing a total of approximately 0.55 carat, with D-E color and fine VVS-VS clarity. Accompanied by a recent GIA report stating its color and clarity, this gemstone is certainly a quality investment.

Art Deco Mauboussin-Trabert & Hoeffer Reflection Diamond Dress Clips

Although the famed Parisian jewelry house, Mauboussin possessed an illustrious legacy within Europe, their foray into the American market was riddled with ill-timed decisions and financial woes. The 1929 stock market crash and following Depression years forced the company to merge with the American firm, Trabert & Hoeffer, who had been eager to build and elevate their brand. In a time when American jewelers had been drawing heavily from French designs to keep with the latest trends, this partnership could not have been more fortuitous for Trabert & Hoeffer.

In yet another extraordinarily business-savvy development, Hoeffer would introduce the Reflection jewels in 1938—a slightly affordable yet high-end collection of jewelry that leveraged advanced manufacturing techniques to minimize costs. Many of the designs in this collection were characterized by their versatility and could be reassembled or converted into different looks. Necklaces could be taken apart to form bracelets or earrings; brooches and dress clips could be fastened onto bracelets or styled into ear clips.

The construction of this pair of Mauboussin-Trabert & Hoeffer dress clips suggests it was one of the many convertible jewels that defined the Reflection collection, and offers a very intriguing and rare look into the American jewelry scene during the late 1930s. The property of an Indiana estate, this fine pair of Art Deco diamond dress clips achieved $11,875 at auction.

Gorgeous Designs by the Famed Jewelry Houses

In celebration of Spring, Fortuna’s April Jewels & Watches catalog boasted a multitude of brightly colored floral and Animalia creations by the most respected brands in jewelry history. From a gorgeous black Diamond and Enamel Tiger Bracelet, a bold design that roars David Webb, to a whimsical multi-gem fish brooch by Schlumberger, we are thrilled to highlight some of the more collectible designer pieces sold in the April collection. Take a stroll through the wild kingdom of signed designer pieces sold in the sale, below.

Fun & Chic: Vintage Chanel

Coco Chanel, with her iconic pearls.

Coco Chanel began making her mark in the world of fashion in the late 1920’s. She is credited for many staples still worn today, such as the “little black dress” and the acceptance and popularity of women wearing pants. She can also be largely credited for the rise in popularity of costume jewelry. Chanel was well known for layering on ropes of faux-pearls and necklaces that contrasted beautifully against her own minimalist designs. She casted aside the popular notion that costume jewelry was only for women who could not afford fine jewels; in fact, Chanel had plenty of fine jewelry herself, but she loved to pair it with layers of everyday costume designs. Chanel turned to her textile designer, Duke Fulco di Verdura to assist her in her costume jewelry designs. Together, they created the now-iconic Chanel Maltese Cross motif. Our April Jewels & Watches auction boasted many different groups of Vintage Chanel Costume Jewelry, some of which are modeled in the photos below. The collections of jewels had starting bids of $3,000 and $4,500, and ultimately achieved final auction prices of as much as $25,000!

We Invite You to Auction!

We are always accepting fine jewelry and watch consignments for upcoming auctions, whether it is a single item or an entire collection. Please contact our office or fill out our web form for a complimentary auction appraisal. Our specialists look forward to helping you understand the value of your pieces.

For more information, please contact us at:
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