Fortuna Auction


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Headquartered on Fifth Avenue in New York City, Fortuna is the world’s only no-risk fine jewelry auction house.  Fortuna is a global auction house that allows consumers to buy and sell fine jewelry, gemstones, and timepieces in a transparent, secure, and regulated method.  Founded in 2011, Fortuna delivers the ability for a client to sell their fine jewelry to an audience of collectors across 41 countries and six continents, with none of the risk they would be exposed to in any other sale venue.  With over 100 years of combined jewelry experience, Fortuna’s team has expertise all aspect...Read More
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    Pigeon’s Blood Burmese Ruby Earrings and Untreated Zambian Emerald Ring Highlight Fortuna Auction’s Upcoming Sale

    The people of Myanmar, formerly Burma, use the term “ko-twe” (pigeon’s blood) to refer to the most sought-after color of ruby. This blood red variety resembles the hue of a pigeon's blood and eyes. Some also liken it to the shade of pomegranate seeds. Prized for its rarity, the blood red ruby signifies warmth and sensuality and is closely associated with royal status. A pair of helix drop earrings studded with pigeon’s blood Burmese rubies and diamonds is a key highlight of Fortuna Auction’s upcoming sale. The 18-karat white and yellow gold earrings are crafted with four unheated Burmese rubies, together weighing approximately 3.30 carats. The pieces are also accented with marquise-shaped rose-cut diamonds and round-cut rubies.  Another rare piece is a cocktail ring designed with a 3.38-carat untreated Zambian emerald and diamonds. A no-oil emerald is highly coveted for its lucidity, which is purely natural and not artificially augmented. The sale also offers a Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master wristwatch. Rolex originally produced the model in alliance with Pan American Airways in 1955. The airline then issued the watches to their crew members on long-haul flights. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Fortuna Auction.

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    Kashmiri Sapphires and Fancy Yellow Diamonds Sparkle in Fortuna’s Jewelry and Watch Auction

    As the calendar approaches the holiday season, Fortuna Auction will present its Jewels & Watches sale. It offers statement pieces of iconic designer jewelry and watches across all style periods. Top picks from the auction include a GIA-certified 16.07-carat natural fancy yellow diamond ring and a flawless six-carat emerald-cut diamond. Leading the auction is a 5.10-carat Kashmiri sapphire ring. It is a statement Bulgari piece crafted in platinum. The star of the ring is the pear mixed-cut Kashmir unheated sapphire. A 2.50-carat brilliant-cut diamond with I color and VS1 clarity accompanies the stone. Baguette-cut diamonds complete this Bulgari ring. These kinds of rich blue sapphires come from Jammu and Kashmir, the land subjected to disputes between India and Pakistan. Acquiring the sapphires from the mines of its mountainous landscape is a challenge. Beyond jewelry, the sale offers watches of distinction like a Patek Philippe Annual Calendar in 18-karat gold, a Cartier Santos Dumont in 18-karat white gold, and Rolex Day-Date watches. When Rolex launched the Day-Date watch in 1994, the style became a horological icon. This watch is available with factory-set diamonds on the dial, bezel, and lugs. More sparkles are in store in this December sale. View the holiday auction catalog on Fortuna Auction and register to place a bid.

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    A Rare Chopard L.U.C Esprit de Fleurier Leads Upcoming Fortuna Auction Event

    The upcoming Fortuna Auction sale highlights a Chopard L.U.C Esprit de Fleurier Tourbillon 18-karat white gold watch. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, luxury watch manufacturer Chopard introduced its L.U.C Esprit de Fleurier series. The wristwatch design pays tribute to the horological excellence of founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard. This limited-edition series consists of only 15 pieces and revives the Fleurisanne engraving technique. Notable lots in the upcoming auction also include a pair of antique Tiffany & Co. Cypriot hoop earrings. Tiffany’s Cypriot collection drew inspiration from the ancient jewels found on Cyprus in 1865. Tiffany was the authorized jeweler reproducing these pieces for the Curium collection at the Metropolitan Museum. These Cypriot jewelry pieces were an instant hit among collectors due to their rarity and exquisite replication. Another highlight is a Cartier Pasha wristwatch by designer Gérald Genta. The 18-karat gold wristwatch was among Cartier’s first water-resistant designs. The watch is particularly valued for its chain-attached crown cap, which has never undergone modifications despite design changes. Featured among the available jewelry lots is a 5.43-carat fancy intense orange-pink diamond ring. Brilliant-cut yellow diamonds surround the central marquise-cut diamond. Luxury jewelry items from Bulgari, Cartier, Palmiero, Harry Winston, and René Boivin are on offer as well. Collectors can also explore timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, and Piaget. To explore the entire catalog and register to bid online, visit Fortuna Auction.

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    Jewels & Watches

    Henri Rodanet (1884-1956), the descendant of a family of Parisian watchmakers, joined Jaeger LeCoultre after World War I. At the time, small wristwatches were beginning to be marketed toward women. The duo wanted to make small size lady’s watches without compromising on quality. Rodanet brainstormed the idea and came up with an innovative double-sided watch movement for the Calibre 101. LeCoultre's Calibre 101 debuted in 1929 and became world-famous in 1953 when Queen Elizabeth famously wore one of these watches on her coronation day. Fortuna Auction will present one of these LeCoultre watches from the 1930s in the upcoming sale. The available piece is modeled as a continuous line bracelet, each link set with a single white diamond and a tiny watch dial set in a square window. Among the offered 205 lots, a vintage long Alhambra necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels is particularly highlighted. Unveiled in 1968, the Alhambra motif was inspired by the four-leaf clover and is considered reminiscent of the traditional quatrefoil. Also showcased is a Gikas lapis lazuli set. This vintage 18-karat gold set includes a bracelet, earrings, and necklace. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    August Jewels & Watches

    Launched during the Baselworld show in 2015, the Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon watch was produced in a limited edition of eight series, with 18 pieces per series. The Tourbillon watch was the first to feature Ulysse Nardin’s proprietary constant force escapement system. After eight years of research and development, the patented movement— custom-made by the brand— offers the Tourbillon eight days of power reserve. Owing to its futuristic technology and craftsmanship, the model was awarded the Tourbillon Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The upcoming sale, presented by Fortuna Auction, features a Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon watch. The 18-karat white gold watch has a carbon fiber dial and black alligator strap. Also highlighted is a Piguet Millenary Starlit watch. This luxury ladies’ watch features an oval form inspired by the Roman Coliseum’s architecture. A Cartier Trinity diamond ring is also highlighted in this event. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1924 at the request of the French artist, novelist, poet, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the Trinity collection features three interlocking bands of white, yellow, and rose gold. These bands symbolize enduring friendship, loyalty, and true love. The 18-karat gold bands are accented with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The sale also includes jewelry pieces from Chanel, Bulgari, and David Webb. Visit Bidsquare for the complete listings. 

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    July Jewels and Watches

    Fortuna will present a selection of fine jewelry and watches by luxury brands in the upcoming July Jewels and Watches auction. Highlighted in the sale is a GIA-certified 4.51-carat yellow-green diamond ring. The piece is crafted in platinum and 18-karat rose gold with a brilliant-cut diamond of SI1 clarity. This diamond is graded as “fancy,” one of the six technical terms outlined by the Gemological Institute of America to grade diamonds according to the intensity of their color. The sale will offer close to 200 pieces of jewelry and watches. Included is a rare pair of Cartier diamond and cultured pearl earrings from the Évasions Joaillières collection. With this collection, the luxury jewelry retailer explored many historical and traditional styles. The earrings are signed, numbered, stamped, and accompanied by a Cartier insurance certificate. Also available is Rolex’s first automatic chronograph model, the Zenith Daytona 16520 in steel. Featuring the Zenith El Primero movement, the watch is a classic collector’s item. View the full catalog and register to bid online on Bidsquare.  

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    June Jewels

    The upcoming June Jewels Auction, presented by Fortuna Auction, features a diamond necklace from the David Yurman High Jewelry collection. The 18-karat white gold necklace has sculpted metalwork and cable motifs. The brilliant-, cushion-, and briolette-cut diamonds are arranged in both open and filled squares, weighing a total of 52.38 carats. Another highlight of this sale is a carved amethyst and diamond jewelry set by the Italian brand Scavia. This 18-karat white gold Io Si set includes a necklace, ring, and bracelet with carved amethysts and brilliant-cut diamonds. Also showcased is a David Webb diamond and chevron enamel ring. The auction also presents a Cartier Love bracelet, a Tiffany & Co. Zebra bangle, and several pieces of Katy Briscoe jewelry. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    Important Watches

    A wristwatch made for racing drivers, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was designed to measure elapsed time and calculate average speeds. The name refers to Daytona, Florida, where racing thrived in the early 20th century. The first series came to be known as the "Paul Newman" Daytona, named after the well-known actor and racer who famously wore it throughout his racing career. A Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona is featured in Fortuna Auction’s upcoming Important Watches sale. Its black dial is designed with applied hour markers, red detailing on the outer track, and chronograph subregisters.  Another highlight is a night-themed Audemars Piguet Millenary watch in 18-karat white gold. It is designed with a diamond-paved extern zone, a blue aventurine off-centered disc, "stardust" decorations, and white gold hands. Also offered is a Jaeger-LeCoultre Skeleton Reverso platinum wristwatch, a limited edition piece with an engraved square face. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Important Jewels

    Founded in 1780 by Marie-Étienne Nitot, the House of Chaumet is a Paris-based luxury jewelry and watchmaking firm that saw success after the French Revolution in 1789. It went on to become the official jewelry designer of Napoleon I. A ruby and diamond bracelet, crafted by Chaumet, is one of the leading lots in the upcoming Important Jewels auction. The bracelet is set with oval-shaped rubies, weighing a total of 6.25 carats. Emerald-, pear-, and brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing around 25 carats, are also placed on this piece.  Another key lot in this Fortuna Auction event is a princess-cut diamond ring crafted in platinum. Set with a 3.42-carat rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond, it is flanked by two emerald-cut stones. The cut appears square-shaped when viewed from above but looks like an inverted pyramid from the sides. The princess cut, which is popularly used in engagement rings, was created by Betazel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in 1980.  A tennis bracelet, crafted in 18-karat gold and set with radiant-cut diamonds, is another highlight of the sale. Owing to their lightweight and flexible form, tennis or eternity bracelets are especially popular among sportswomen. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    March Fine Jewels

    Available in the upcoming March Fine Jewels auction, offered by Fortuna Auction, is a 4.95-carat diamond ring. Set in platinum, the piece features a pear brilliant-cut diamond and two tapered baguette-cut diamonds. Included with the lot is a GIA report stating the gem’s D color and VVS1 clarity. According to the American Gem Society, clarity grades of 1 or 2 fall in the category of “very, very slightly included.” This means that the diamond has “... minute [imperfections] that are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification.”  Another highlighted lot is a diamond, opal, and sapphire necklace, set in platinum and gold. The cabochon-cut black opal is an uncommon variation of the stone, almost exclusively mined in the Australian town of Lightning Ridge. Due to traces of iron oxide and carbon elements, black opals tend to have darker and more vibrant colors as compared to regular opals. Shades of coral, yellow, blue, bright green and purple can all be seen in the available piece. Below the opal is a lozenge-shaped sapphire weighing approximately 2.60 carats. Flanking the sapphire are two half-moon step-cut diamonds.  Also featured is a sapphire and diamond ring from Van Cleef & Arpels. The central sapphire in this piece weighs approximately 9.0 carats and is accented by round brilliant- and baguette-cut diamonds. A Cartier Egyptian Revival diamond cuff will be presented, showing a falcon with its wings extended. The bird is detailed with round diamonds. Rounding out the sale are several emerald pieces from Orianne, including a statement necklace, a set of earrings, and an emerald and diamond bracelet. Browse the complete catalog for the upcoming event and register to bid on Bidsquare. 

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    2020 February Fine Jewels

    Gemologists divide diamonds into two types based on the levels of nitrogen in the stone’s chemical structure. Type IIa diamonds are the most scientifically pure and are noted for their clarity. A 5-carat Type IIa diamond will be featured in the upcoming Fine Jewels auction, offered by Fortuna Auction. The diamond is placed in an 18-karat white gold ring and is flanked by two smaller diamonds. Another ring presented in the sale comes from the Harry Winston jewelry house. The pear-shaped piece follows the jeweler’s preference for elevating gemstones above metals.  Other brands represented in this auction include Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Rolex. A Tiffany & Co. drop necklace is among the featured lots. Diamonds and aquamarines are alternated with morganite, a pink variation of beryl that resembles emeralds. The alternating pink-and-blue stones are ringed with small, brilliant-cut diamonds. Notable watch lots include a Rolex President Daydate in white gold and a vintage Piaget watch with a silver and gold Florentine finish. Explore the full catalog and register to bid on Bidsquare. 

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    Important Jewels

    Fortuna Auction presents a collection of estate jewels and gemstones in the upcoming Important Jewels auction. Featured are pieces from Harry Winston. Every jewelry item by the brand bears slight differences in the cut of the stone and the style of setting. Available in this sale is a pair of Harry Winston diamond earrings. Brilliant-cut diamonds are accented by marquise-cut diamonds, all set in platinum.   The auction also features a Tiffany & Co. Art Deco diamond and emerald bracelet. The French-cut diamonds and caliber-cut emeralds of this piece are set in alternating stripes. Another highlight is a Hammerman Brothers no-oil emerald and diamond ring. The no-oil emerald does not require oil to enhance its clarity, thus increasing its value. A Mario Buccellati Burmese unheated ruby and diamond pendant necklace is a key piece. Jewelry by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tony Duquette, and Hermès will be available as well. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare. 

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    Important Watches

    Paul Newman Rolex Daytona watches are part of the racing industry, Hollywood culture, and vintage Americana. The first series of this luxury watch was often sported by Newman, the actor and racecar driver, and has since become a popular chronograph wristwatch for racers. The upcoming auction offered by Fortuna Auction is set to feature a 1969 Paul Newman dial watch with applied hour markers and chronograph sub-registers. A Richard Mille RM-07 ladies wristwatch is another mentionable piece. The 18 karat white gold and diamond watch has a partially skeletonized face and teardrop hour markers. Another featured lot is a Cartier Crash limited edition wristwatch. The "Crash" was invented when Cartier craftsmen saw a colleague’s badly melted watch and were reminded of Salvador Dali's Surrealist paintings. Timepieces by Audemars Piguet, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe, and Hublot will also be included in this auction. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on bidsquare.

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    Magnificent Jewels

    The upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction presented by Fortuna Auction will highlight luxury jewelry and watches. Featured items from Tiffany & Co. and Marcus & Co. will be on offer, as well as watches from Cartier and Patek Phillipe. The highest valued item in the auction is a solitaire diamond ring, in total weighing 7.59 carats. The ring top measures 0.5 inches across, mounted on a platinum band.   Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany and Co., said, “I have always striven to fix beauty in stone by using whatever seemed fittest for the expression of beauty, that has been my creed.” An available pear-shaped diamond necklace set includes a matching ring mounting, an example of his company’s commitment to capture beauty as effectively as possible. Another featured item in the collection is a product of Marcus & Co. The piece is a brooch encircled by European and Swiss-cut diamonds with a pear-shaped unheated sapphire in the center. For more information on these lots and many more, visit Bidsquare.

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    No-Reserve Watches

    Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex once said, “It is not with low prices-but on the contrary-it is with the improved quality we not only can hold the market but improve it.” Since its inception, Rolex has proved that they can create timepieces that define luxury, quality, and trends. Along with Rolex, other companies such as OMEGA and Hublot have come a long way in shaping watches as well. This October, No-Reserve Watches by Fortuna Auction, features pieces from the aforementioned brands.  On top of the list is a King Gold Limited Edition watch by Hublot at the highest estimated value of $24,000. From circa 2010, the item has a ceramic case and 18K rose gold with an adjustable rubber strap and automatic movement. Similarly, the featured lots also include a classic 18k yellow gold Rolex Day-Date watch and Heuer Autavia Ref. 73663 in Stainless Steel. The 130 items range from $400 - $24,000, however, there is no minimum bid value that must be reached before a lot is sold. To bid for more of such items please visit Bidsquare.