Sotheby’s Home has partnered with top jewelry dealers to bring you a special selection of all-time classics (Trinity ring, anyone?) to modern head-turning pieces. Our expert team has chosen the top ten items that are already making everyone’s must list.
Brimming with charm and character, this vintage Toliro pin of a stylized puppy is exceptionally unique in both its design and craftsmanship. The 18 kt. gold puppy has a coat of enamel, and is brought to life with two diamond eyes – rivaling the spirited twinkle in the eyes of a real puppy. The delightful style of enameled animals in jewelry was first largely inspired by early animated films, resulting in pieces like this pin that radiate adorability and pleasing charm. This puppy pin is the perfect, whimsical addition to any animal lover’s jewelry collection.
Featuring an elegant, geometric border of onyx – which frames a charming Chinoiserie boat scene complete with diamond waves and emerald foliage – this chic brooch is exemplary of the finest Art Deco design. The brooch’s dynamic, openwork design allows glimpses of the fabric its affixed to, making it a naturally cohesive addition to any number of stylish ensembles, and bringing a timeless dynamism to its overall aesthetic. Visually stunning and endlessly versatile, this Chinoiserie Art Deco brooch is a unique addition to the sophisticated jewelry collection.
A beautiful example of legendary jewelry house Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection, this delicate heart and arrow pin exudes both romance and fancy. First introduced in 1976, each Chopard Happy Diamonds piece features loose diamonds encased in crystal, allowing them to shimmer and sparkle with the slightest of movements. Featuring the iconic Happy Diamonds element within its heart, both physically and poetically, as well as diamond accents on the golden arrow, the glint of this lovely pin emulates the first spark of love, and is the perfect polishing touch to a lapel or scarf.
An inimitably modern interpretation of the iconic Serpenti motif by Italian jewelry house Bulgari, this striking ring is at once classic and avant-garde. Composed of rose gold, and featuring diamond and onyx details, the ring is exemplary of Bulgari’s penchant for juxtaposed materials as well as rich colors. The geometricized serpent design of the ring is bold and provocative, yet the clean lines and exquisite materials make it simultaneously timeless and effortlessly wearable. Whether worn as a statement piece for casual attire or as a refined detail for a glamorous affair, this Bulgari snake ring transcends any occasion.
This sensuously designed white gold ring gives the impression of two snakes curling around a central band – a form of trompe l’oeil that lends a sense of enigma and visual interest to the piece. The snake, a classic and time-honored motif in jewelry design, is modernized through abstraction and made luxurious through a dazzling blanket of pave diamonds. Created by the bold and intrepid jewelry house de Grisogono, the piece is characteristic of the brand’s ability to bridge timeless elegance with vanguard design, resulting in pieces like this ring that lend glamour and sophistication to whomever dons it.
Exhibiting a bold geometric design and a stunning array of glittering diamonds, these Cartier earrings are the quintessence of class and elegance. Exemplary of Cartier’s consummate quality and craftsmanship, these dazzling earrings convey both timelessness and sophistication, making them an ideal addition to any jewelry collection. The delicate chains from which the round pendants hang allow the bands of diamonds to catch the light and glitter with every turn. Further, the earrings’ sensible proportions make them exceedingly versatile, and they can be worn for a variety of occasions from daytime to evening, adding an air of luxury and refinement to any ensemble.
As elegant as they are effortless, these sophisticated Bulgari studs seamlessly bridge yellow and white gold – precluding the need to choose. Composed of duotone, these abstract butterflies with interlocking wings are understated without being plain, making them as perfect for everyday wear as for an added touch of easy refinement on your next trip abroad. The unconventional pairing of gold tones speaks to Bulgari’s affinity for striking and often unconventional color arrangements, imparting a sense of the brand’s estimable aesthetic appeal.
This multi-chain necklace with vividly colored bead details is the height of summer couture, and perfect for effortless yet refined summer dressing. From the Maui collection, featuring Buccellati’s signature textured gold chains composed of variously sized links and the elegant inclusion of colorful turquoise, this necklace is rendered a true statement piece full of visual interest and fashionable appeal. The oversized proportion and intricate layered chain detail of the piece make it the perfect accessory to enliven even the simplest of outfits.
An interesting and modern interpretation of the classic pearl necklace, the ingenuity and unique visual interest of this Cartier necklace lie in the use of unexpected details; several twisted strands of cultured pearls draw the eye down to an intriguingly modern pendant composed of onyx, coral and diamonds, which creates a central focus. Cartier has had a long and storied history with pearls – the brand is said to have acquired their famed Fifth Avenue location in exchange for two strands of exquisite pearls – and this necklace speaks to that esteemed history. The singularity of this necklace as well as its torsade styling lend to its versatility, allowing adjustments to length and its ability to be paired with a variety of fashions.
Sleek and elegant, this Hermès watch reflects the qualities that have long made Hermès the premier choice for haute horlogerie. Hermès introduced their first collection of fine watches in the 1930s, and it has since become an established brand for quality, heirloom timepieces. Adorned with a constellation of intricately set pave diamonds, it certainly warrants the designation of jewelry. The petite proportions of this piece make it an elegant accessory that can easily be paired or stacked with complementary bracelets, and its pragmatic quality lends itself to effortless day-to-night transitions.