South Africa’s Yellow Rose Diamond Headlines Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction

The 202-carat unmounted coloured diamond – Kerria Japonica – graces the auction block in Geneva, with bidding opportunities available at the live auction on May 15 at 3pm and online until May 22

By Debbie Hathway

The Kerria Japonica, known as the ‘Yellow Rose’, is a stunning yellow flower native to China with pom-pom-like blooms, originally symbolising wealth and prosperity. Today, it is also cherished as a symbol of friendship and joy.

A 202-carat unmounted coloured diamond of the same name from South Africa will go under the hammer at Christie’s first live jewellery auction of the year at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva on May 15 at 3pm. This is the third yellow diamond above 200ct to be offered for sale at auction. The stone features excellent polish and symmetry, medium blue fluorescence and weighs 40.4g. The question for potential bidders is how high will you go?

In May 2022, the fancy intense yellow Red Cross Diamond of 205.07 carats sold in Geneva for $15 599 375 – making that a price per carat of $76 069.

Meanwhile, the 204.36 carats Dancing Sun sold in New York in June 2021 for $4 950 000 – making that a price per carat of $24 222.

In November 1998, the Mouna Diamond mounted by Bulgari was sold in Geneva for $3 237 867. This fancy intense yellow stone is 112.53 carats.

Other auction highlights include signed jewels, diamonds, coloured gemstones, and prestigious designs from renowned makers. The auction includes pieces from René Boivin, iconic Art Deco designs, and innovative works by JAR.


Both sales, the live auction on May 15 at 3pm and the online auction from May 8-22 will showcase prestigious designs from acclaimed makers such as Buccellati, Cartier, Georges Fouquet, Tiffany & Co., Jean Schlumberger, Marina B, Van Cleef & Arpels, Sterlé and JAR, with prices for collectors of all levels from CHF10 000.

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