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Join the Gold Rush at the Upcoming Sotheby’s Fine Jewelry Auction

Diamond and gold bracelet, circa 1940 (bid 2500-3500 Euros). Diamond and gold bracelet, circa 1950 (bid 2500-3500 Euros). Gold bracelet, circa 1940 (bid 4-6K Euros). Photo Fiona Torres, Gloves Thomasine Gloves, Dress Drome. Courtesy Sotheby’s Paris

Under the amused gaze of Sotheby’s global director of jewellery and watches, Laurence Nicolas, jewelry designer Elie Top is piling my arm with gold bracelets so heavy I’m somewhat struggling to keep it steady as I snap a photo for Vogue Arabia’s Instagram stories. The shining, statement jewels in question are primarily sourced from the ’40s and ’50s, from private jewelers or heritage houses like Van Clef & Arpels and Bulgari. They are all vintage and all ready for a new home come the Sotheby’s Paris Fine Jewels sale on April 30th.

Diamond ring Suzanne Belperron, circa 1945 (bid 22-28K Euros). Gold bracelet Georges Lenfant, circa 1960 (bid 5-7K Euros). Photo Fiona Torres, Glove Thomasine Gloves, Dress Drome. Courtesy Sotheby’s Paris

In collaboration with the French auction house, located almost directly across from the Elysées palace, Top has curated a selection from the 257-piece collection, dedicated to gold, not so much the dainty type, though this can also be found in the auction, but rather of the graphic, geometric fashion. Moving towards the diamond pieces on offer, he gently unlatches a diamond double clip ribbon brooch, and shares that auction catalogues are part of the foundation of his education, where he learned of various jewelry houses and their epochs, adding a touching personal aspect to the upcoming auction. A pair of crystal rock Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin earrings from the 1930s and a geometric yellow sapphire, amethyst ring by Paul Iribe particularly stand out as does a Harry Winston baguette diamond ring weighing 11.27 carats with a bid estimate of between 300 and 500 K Euros.

Ilias Lalaounis gold pendant, circa 1960 (bid 5-7500K Euros with choker not pictured). Boucheron diamond necklace, circa 1950 (bid 80-100K Euros). Photo Fiona Torres, Leather jacket Victoria/Tomas. Courtesy Sotheby’s Paris

From the black velvet tray before us, he picks out an Ilias Lalaounis, 1960s necklace and offers that it can be worn two ways. Removing the pendant, he pairs it with a Boucheron diamond necklace, also on sale with bidding estimated at 80-100K Euros, sharing, “This is how we did it at Lanvin.” The designer is referencing the almost 15 years he spent as the house’s accessories director. He has, of course, since developed his own line. Launched in 2015, a selection of his jewelry that lends its inspiration from the cosmos and the Baroque period. A selection, with two pieces previewed below, will go on an exclusive online sale tomorrow until May 7.

Elie Top

Elie Top “Desdemone” ebony gem-set and diamond bracelet. Courtesy Sotehby’s Paris

Elie Top “Air de printemps” gem-set and diamond chalcedony ring. Courtesy Sotheby’s Paris

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