Highlights of the Sotheby's Australia April 23 Important Jewels Sale

(Courtesy Sotheby's Australia)

Sotheby’s Australia will kick off their 2013 auction schedule with an Important Jewels sale in Sydney on April 23. A total of 193 lots valued at $2.1 to 2.9 million will be sold on the night including a number of spectacular diamonds and a range of desirable designer jewellery by the likes of Cartier, Tiffany and Co., David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff, and Harry Winston.

One of the most desirable items in the sale is a diamond Serpent Ring (lot 160) by David Webb that was once owned by Barbra Streisand. Estimated to fetch $24,000-34,000, the elegant ring features two pear-shaped diamonds, one at each end of the two-headed snake.

The feature of the sale is a Harry Winston diamond ring featuring three internally flawless diamonds (estimate $215,000-255,000).  Having sold a 20.15 carat diamond ring for $222,000 in September 2012, expectations will be high for the Harry Winston ring.  Also featured in the sale is a beautiful Harry Winston Art Deco diamond bracelet circa 1930 with an estimate of $63,000- 73,000.

Anyone with a penchant for fine pearls will be tempted by the array of beautiful items of pearl jewellery in the sale. A beautiful Paspaley articulated collar (lot 156) with an estimate of $35,000 - $55,000 is the pick of the pearls followed closely by a wonderful South Sea pearl necklace (lot 150) estimated at $30,000 - $50,000.

Diamond lovers are spoilt for choice with numerous large diamonds on offer such as lot 139, an elegant pear-shaped 5.3 carat ring estimated to fetch $100,000 - $150,000. Other diamond highlights include lot 151, a diamond and onyx Cartier ring (estimate $75,000 - $100,000); lot 131, a Graff diamond necklace (estimate $75,000 - $100,000); lot 119, a breathtaking diamond suite by Cartier featuring 135 diamonds (estimate $100,000 - $150,000); and lot 124, a 5.05 carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring (estimate of $115,000 - $155,000).

Click the slideshow to see highlights from the April 23 Sotheby's Australia Important Jewels sale