What a hope for the ‘Jewel For Hope’
Take the watery-white diamond or the wine-red ruby , each jewel is a miracle of imagination. A cluster of gems creates the corolla of a camellia flower brooch or a single sumptuous stone makes an imposing ring. And they all reflect the taste of one woman Lily Safra, the art collector, philanthropist and discreet fixture in the super-rich set, is putting up the contents of a rarefied jewel box at auction this summer. The 70 pieces reach across two centuries and varied styles, with the proceeds benefiting 20 charities, including Rwandan and Romanian children, a New York hospital for Parkinson’s disease and Elton John’s AIDS foundation.
“Jewels for Hope” is the name given to the sale, which will take place at Christie’s in Geneva on May 14. François Curiel, international head of the Christie’s jewelry department and chief of its Asian operations, called it a “sublime collection of the best of the best from the 18th century to today.”
Nothing can work out best for this cause. The trusted name always has been in for all the good reasons. After bringing Huguette Clark’s Art Deco jewelry and Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent jewels under the hammer, Christie’s is all set to feature its ‘Jewels of Hope’ charity auction that will showcase billionaire philanthropist Lily Safra’s exceptional jewelry collection. The proceedings from the auction are estimated to raise $20 million or more for charitable causes. The exquisite collection of 70 pieces dating from the 1970s transcending two centuries with variable design trends will be placed under the hammer by Christie’s International (CHRS) at Geneva on May 14. The event will be previewed throughout March-April across London, New York, Paris and Hong Kong for a taste of period jewels leading up to modern craftsmanship.