An Aria of Dramatic Jewels

Alex Cooper is very excited to be auctioning selections from the private collection of a renowned Italian opera singer, who traveled the world performing and buying incredible worldly treasures. Her flair for the dramatic is mirrored in her magnificently opulent jewelry. The collection features over 200 pieces of fine jewelry that spans from the early 1920’s through 2000. In-house jewelry specialist Amy Goodell describes the collection as “A catalog of an amazing dynamic woman with fabulous taste in jewelry.” She continues, “These pieces are not just metal. If you read them correctly, they tell you a story of a time before and about someone’s life. ”

With so many gorgeous and unique pieces it was so hard to choose my favorites, but here are a few.

Lot 198 is not your average chain. This handmade Italian necklace is made of 18K white and yellow gold and is designed with alternating textured love knot links. Did I mention it weighs over 200 grams?!

Lots 149 and 168 will have you layering with love! This romantic duo features a heart-shaped citrine & diamond ring in 18K, paired with a 14K link bracelet with garnet hearts.

Say “I Do” to lot 144. For the person looking for unique twist on an engagement ring, or just a fabulous cocktail ring, look no further. The emerald-cut, light yellow citrine is beautifully set in a green and black enamel frame with four round bezel set sapphires and two pearls.

Bring on the drama with lot 197: a diamond and ruby cocktail watch by Geneve. “The cocktail watch evolved out of the notion of cocktail hour wardrobe…Cocktail attire was meant to display one’s tastes, personality, social status, and also to serve as a conversation piece.”¹
Cocktail watches are typically bold, luxurious, and very feminine, and this timepiece is no exception. All that this watch is missing is a nice martini.

Now for the citrine of your dreams, lot 157: a 18K diamond & citrine drop earrings and lot 158: a pearl, citrine & black onyx necklace in 18K. This gorgeous necklace features 6 nesting strands of cultured pearls and star black onyx beads and a fantasy cut diagonal citrine.
Fun fact: fantasy cut gemstones have grooves, optic dishes, and concave facets.

Pantone’s 2020 color of the year Classic Blue 19-4052 makes an appearance in lot 187. This bold pop of color has a beautiful gold pendant, with a bezel set smooth polish lapis, six round cut diamonds and two fluted high polish gold beads.

Gold and bold! Loving this chunky contemporary bracelet in 18K (lot 172). This bracelet looks incredible alone, but also stacks well with others.


Saving the best for last, lot 166: a wide gemstone and diamond cuff bracelet. I imagine this bracelet being worn on the opera stage, sparkling from every facet as the stage lights illuminate all of the colorful gems. This bracelet is set in 18k with diamonds, sapphires, amethysts, pink and green tourmaline citrine, blue topaz, tanzanite and garnets.

To see the rest of the jewelry from the upcoming March 12th Gallery Auction, click here.