in The Business of Jewelry on June 12, 2015
Following Christie’s impressive $118 million jewelry auction in Hong Kong earlier this week and establishing a new record for the most valuable jewelry auction ever held in Asia, today Christie’s officially announced the highlights of its upcoming sale of Important Jewels on June 16 in New York. This sale is expected to clear $18 million.
Headlining the sale are the jewels of Margaret Adderley Kelly, one of founders of Kelly Services.
From modest beginnings in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Margaret Adderley Kelly (pictured below), her husband, the late William R. Kelly and their son, Mr. Terence E. Adderley, shaped Kelly Services, Inc. into a Fortune 500 company that now employs over 550,000 people globally. Philanthropy was a cornerstone of her life and many organizations benefitted from her immense generosity. The high quality temporary employee agency spawned the term “Kelly Girls”. Known for her generous work in philanthropy, Mrs. Kelly was also a passionate collector of fine jewelry
Jewels and fine gemstones were one of Mrs. Kelly’s greatest passions, and she became an educated and well known collector and connoisseur. She loved the rare, exceptional and beautiful gemstone. Here, two of her magnificent pieces are highlighted. One of the pieces is on the cover of the catalog, it is an Art Deco diamond pendant necklace with a D-color, Internally Flawless diamond drop of 16.24 carats. The other item highlighted is the The Kelly Sapphire, a Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring (see below). Both pieces were designed by Cartier.
The Kelly Sapphire, a Cartier designed, 21.71 carat cushion cut Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring with an estimate of $1.5-$2 million.
Do you remember “Kelly Girls?” I sure do! To be a Kelly Girl was thought to be a great way to get your foot in the door of a big company!