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April 9, 2012

Christie’s Jewels for Hope Auction to Support Charities Through Sparkling Safra Collection

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

This spring, Christie’s “Jewels for Hope” charity auction will leave bidders not only looking like but also feeling like a $20 million bucks.

Elite constituents at this May 14 event in can get their own taste of 70 stunning jewels collected by Lily Safra, a philanthropist of a gem connoisseur with impeccable style. All proceeds will be donated to 20 hand-picked foundations that benefit an array of causes, ranging from AIDS research to children’s healthcare and education.

Of all the diamond, rubies and sapphires up for bid, a stunning group of 18 pieces by the designer JAR is particularly coveted. Created between the 1980s and 2000s, the custom-made sparklers make an exclusive look into the history of the esteemed brand, which produces fewer than 80 one-of-a-kind items a year. Each of these gems can be considered an heirloom by itself—a ruby and diamond brooch in the form of a camellia blossom, amongst others, is valued at over $1,200,000.

Viewings for what the jewelry department’s international head dubbed a “landmark sale” will begin three days before the auction itself.

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