It begins in London, on 12th June. Then it will be the turn of Paris on the 13th. Lastly, on the 19th, we fly to New York. These are the three cities that, in just a few days, will be seeing hundreds of items go on auction for figures that will almost certainly reach record amounts again. A leit motiv of events at Christie’s, which, at number 8, King Street, St. James’, will be offering “Important Jewels”, with highlights that include a selection of rare early jewels comprising a late 18th century diamond tiara, a rose-cut diamond bodice ornament, a suite of 18th century topaz jewels and a pair of elegant George III diamond ear pendants, as well as a number of jewels with noble provenance. For Art Deco lovers, or for who is looking for a Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, VC&A or Tiffany masterpiece, no problem. The selection will satisfy everybody. Number 9, Avenue Matignon, on the other hand, will be the setting for the rarest of items from private collections, often those of noble families, or themes, like jewels of Egyptian inspiration. Among the mirabilia, an Art Deco necklace with opal, rubies and diamonds, now estimated at between 40 and 60,000 Euros, made by Janesich, a company founded in 1835 in Trieste, which, in a very short time, conquered half of Europe. Another item to note from the same House is The Queen of Bohemia necklace, a Colombian diamond and emerald masterpiece, framed in the gracefulness of Belle Epoque. Bidding starts at 40 to 60,000 Euros. A man’s, Art Deco diamond clip by Boucheron, almost a bargain at its estimated 2,500-4,500 Euros, and a diamond ring with an emerald of more than 12 carats. Decidedly for other contenders at a starting bid of 20-30,000 Euros. With Maharajas & Moghul Magnificence the stakes are literally up thanks to the inestimable masterpieces being offered at auction, starting from the Al Thani Collection. Mughal jewelry, with hybrid designs, a fascinating blend of European and Indian, and 20th century creations by prestigious maisons, for an excursus of over 500 years of history and high manufacture. Almost 400 items, dotted with diamonds and colored stones, including daggers, swords and scepters for those who want to wield the ancient Maharajas’ symbol of power.