Sotheby’s Geneva has added a new date to its sales calendar: An auction of Fine Jewels on June 1, 2017. It will be the first in a fresh series of regular jewellery sales, according to the auction house.
Top-billing the auction is a captivating selection of jewellery creations by celebrated Italian designer Michele della Valle. Sotheby’s described the 82 lots as “a joyful and vibrant reflection of the Geneva-based Italian designer’s unique and exuberant style.”
Della Valle has been designing jewellery since the age of 14 and began his formal career in Rome, with Fürst Jewellers – then representative of Harry Winston. He went on to open his own workshop in 1978, collaborating, among others, with Bulgari on special commissions, cementing a reputation among the country’s film stars and opera singers.
In 1987, Della Valle moved to Geneva and launched the line of jewellery, which now bears his name. Favouring discretion over personal notoriety, he lets his creations speak for themselves, saying, “My designs are cheerful, never dramatic. I never forget that they are meant to bring joy, to beautify the wearer.”
Arguably the defining characteristic of his signature pieces is their rich and abundant colour. Daring to experiment, he combines precious stones with more unassuming yet visually arresting gems. His creations are renowned for their bold and bright hues, sometimes in unusual juxtaposition but always crisp and well-defined, according to Sotheby’s.
Describing the collection, David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, commented, “One of the most original and creative contemporary jewellery designers, Della Valle transforms stories, daydreams and fairy tales into bold, imaginative creations. It is a great pleasure to be presenting a selection of his wonderfully evocative pieces in June, at the launch of Sotheby’s Geneva’s brand new auction series, Fine Jewels.”
The sale of Fine Jewels on June 1 is the first of a new series of regular sales to be held by Sotheby’s in its location at 2, rue François-Diday in Geneva. Alongside the huge success of Sotheby’s existing sales of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, the Fine Jewels sales will offer collectors fresh opportunities to acquire rare pieces across a broad price range.