May Jewels & Watches

Friday, May 13, 2021 at 11 AM EDT     |      Live & Online



Fortuna’s May Jewels & Watches sale took place on May 13, 2021 at 11 AM EDT. The auction boasted over 450 lots, which due to intense bidding activity resulted in the sale lasting over 6 hours! The auction was full of exciting moments to match the lots up for grabs. 

One of the many highlights includes a dazzling 10.01-Carat Natural Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Ring. The sparkling lemonade-colored ring ultimately achieved $81,250 at auction. This exceptional GIA-certified ring was offered alongside a treasure trove of fine estate jewels from the finest designers—such as Cartier, David Webb, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., and more. Other sale highlights included a 9.47-Carat Fine Colombian Muzo Emerald and Diamond Ring from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. The emerald, which had lain at the bottom of the ocean for over 300 years, had a frenzy of pre-sale bidder activity, and ultimately went to a very ecstatic phone bidder during the live portion of the sale.
The sale ended in a bang with the most anticipated lots, an Exceptionally Rare Type IIa D/Internally Flawless 4.03-Carat Diamond Ring, and a 6.39-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring, achieving $162,500 and $225,000, respectively. Congratulations to all winning bidders and be sure to look out for our upcoming sales!

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

(212) 389-9040, ext. 115


Important 10.01-Carat Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Ring

Leading our exciting Spring sale is an exquisite Important 10.01-Carat Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Ring. Fancy Colored diamonds are especially rare; only about 1 in every 16,500 carats that are mined are categorized as true Fancy Yellow. Amongst these diamonds, there is a spectrum of saturation and vividness of color. The lemonade-like shade present in this diamond is perfect for the summer wardrobe. The stone is cut into a cut-cornered rectangular mixed-cut for a bold design that accentuates the stone’s sparkle. This cut combines the geometrical lines of the emerald shape with the sparkling brilliance of the round cut. The impressive 10.01-carat diamond, which is flanked by two triangular brilliant-cut white diamonds, ultimately achieved $81,250 at auction.

Exceptionally Rare Type IIa 4.03-Carat Pear-Shaped Diamond Ring

The final lots of the auction had everyone on the edge of their seats. The rarest and most valuable lots were about to meet their new owners. Pear-shaped diamonds are a popular choice because of the optimal brilliance the cut creates. But this particular stone features D color, IF clarity, and a Type IIa classification—making it one of the finest diamonds to be found on the market. Type IIa diamonds are often referred to as Golconda diamonds because of the centuries-long association of chemically pure diamonds with the historic Golconda mines in India; and because the Golconda mines are no longer operational, these diamonds are all the rarer. This sparkling Exceptionally Rare Type IIa D/Internally Flawless 4.03-Carat Diamond Ring ultimately achieved a price of $162,500 at auction

6.39-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring

The sale ended in a bang with the most anticipated lot: a 6.39-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring. Emerald-cut stones have fewer facets, so when buying such a large emerald-cut, the buyer must be sure to get as close to colorless as possible or risk more color passing through than desired. This whopping 6.39-carat stone possesses a fine color grade of F, and gives off a dazzling white appearance from all angles. Less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are classified as colorless, as this F diamond is. The remarkable stone became the center of tense bidding action between two determined online bidders on Fortuna’s site, ultimately resulting in the sold price of $225,000.

Watches for Him & Her

Our May Jewels & Watches sale boasted a wide variety of luxury timepieces from the finest brands in the world. From limited edition pieces like the Hublot Big Bang Cappuccino Chronograph in Ceramic and Titanium, Limited Edition of 250 which achieved $9,375 to the always sought after Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520 In Stainless Steel, which achieved $23,750, there was truly something for every collector and watch aficionado.

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. The next opportunity to consign is for the June Jewels & Watches auction, which will take place June 17th. 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:
P: (212) 389-9040

E: valuation@fortunaauction.com

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