Marlene Dietrich’s Van Cleef & Arpels Bracelet Going Up for Auction
Expected to earn up to $4.5 million, the “Jarretière” bracelet is the star of Christie’s “The Magnificent Jewels of Anne Eisenhower” sale.
“The Magnificent Jewels of Anne Eisenhower” will eventually go up for sale at Christie’s in New York City on June 7, after making stops in Paris, Geneva, and Hong Kong.
A member of one of America’s preeminent families, Eisenhower (1949-2022) was the granddaughter of the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Eisenhower made her career as an interior designer and was named one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers in 1990. She used her discerning eye for design to amass an impressive collection of fine jewelry.
Eisenhower was also a philanthropist, serving on the board of the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in The Bronx, New York, for 25 years, according to her obituary.
She gave her support to other organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Gettysburg Foundation.
Now, Christie’s is bringing Eisenhower’s jewelry collection to the public.
“Christie’s is truly honored to be entrusted with the ‘Magnificent Jewels of Anne Eisenhower,’ a woman who led an extraordinary life of taste, style, and philanthropy, while remaining true to her values,” Christie’s Americas Head of Jewelry Department Daphne Lingon said.
“From exquisite designs by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels to important gemstones, this auction presents a unique opportunity for collectors to obtain a jewel that was thoughtfully acquired over a 40-year period by a true tastemaker.”
SEE: The Magnificent Jewels of Anne Eisenhower
Considered the most important piece of the collection is the “Jarretière” ruby and diamond bracelet.
Actress Marlene Dietrich bought the bracelet in 1937 from Van Cleef & Arpels and wore it in the 1950 Alfred Hitchcock film “Stage Fright.”
Other highlights are the rare Art Deco diamond and multi-gem “Moonlight Rose” bracelet by Tiffany & Co. ($500,000-$700,0000); a Cartier Art Deco diamond bangle bracelet ($150,000-$250,000); and a D-color diamond ring weighing 20.54 carats ($1.2 million-$1.8 million).
“From Marlene Dietrich to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Anne Eisenhower Collection traces the history of the last century through a single collector’s brilliant passion for fine jewels,” said Chairman of Christie’s Americas Marc Porter.
“Anne Eisenhower had a keen eye for the finest examples of the jeweler’s art, and her collection tells fascinating and interwoven stories of patrons and collectors. Christie’s looks forward to sharing the experience of these superb objects as they go on a global tour, culminating at our Rockefeller galleries in June.”
In addition to the June 7 sale, more items from Eisenhower’s estate will be included in Christie’s “Jewels Online” auction, which opens for bidding on May 30 and closes June 8.
The Eisenhower collection highlights will be in Los Angeles on March 23, Paris from April 20-25, Geneva from May 14-17, and Hong Kong from May 24-27, before finally landing in New York from June 2-6 in the run-up to the June 7 auction.
More information is available on the Christie’s website.
The lab-grown diamond brand also collaborated with the website The Future Rocks on a collection launching today.
It’s the hero piece of the newest "Green Jewel" collection, a collaborative offering from the two mines.
With holiday proposals right around the corner, encourage your customers to go for platinum when making the big purchase.
Chris Cramer, who also spent time at Gen Z intimates brand Parade, will take on the dual role.
The retail offering lets customers track their diamond’s journey.
The Luele mine is expected to eventually make the country the world’s third-largest diamond producer.
In a world where the sparkle of a gemstone is only as brilliant as the trust behind it, IGI's purpose is truly invaluable.
From Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, 200.4 million consumers shopped online and in stores.
The growing company also plans to open more of its own boutiques.
The best quotes from the Oracle of Omaha and his right-hand man Charlie Munger from the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.
Next year’s milestone show will be full of educational programming and collaborations.
The Albany Business Review recently honored the 100-year-old company.
To honor his legacy, GIA has set up a scholarship in his name.
There have been eight attacks in the last month, spanning from a jewelry store parking lot in Rhode Island to highways in California.
The organization recognized outstanding industry players at its celebratory event.
Emmanuel Raheb outlines three reasons why Hulu advertising and football can be a game changer for your jewelry store’s marketing.