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Scotch & Rocks | Magnificent Jewels in DFW

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The exceptional trove of mid-century jewels from the single-owner collection of Mamdouha and Elmer Holmes Bobst dazzled the Metroplex this week, ahead of the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels spring sale. The Sotheby’s Auction House chose a private setting in Fort Worth to host an exclusive premier of the collection with Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.


Briggs welcomed Catharine Becket, Vice President of Jewelry at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, and her team to Fort Worth on March 3 – along with nearly 50 stunning pieces ranging from $5,000 up to the millions for a special preview before they go up for auction in New York on April 19. From Belle Époque beauties and Deco dazzlers to glittering contemporary creations, the Sotheby’s April sale of Magnificent Jewels offers treasures fit for any style and occasion. 

“One of the best things about a jewelry collection is that it reflects its owner’s style and the time in which she lived,” says Frank Everett, VP and Sales Director of Sotheby’s Jewelry in NY.

Featuring sculptural jewels designed by Marianne Ostier and fantastical creations by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co., the collection offers a superb display of signed jewels. Including an impressive 19.25 carat D-colour diamond ring and a fine selection of colored stones mounted by famed Philadelphia jeweler J.E. Caldwell, the sale offers an impressive array of diamonds and colored stones fashioned into a variety of exceptional jewels.

“I think what we do really well with at Sotheby’s is providing people with pieces that they can’t get elsewhere, whether it’s a beautiful Edwardian yellow and white diamond necklace or a fantastic tanzanite broach from Tiffany that’s one of a kind. But I also want people to know that you can get your basics at Sotheby’s. You can get 2-carat studs for considerably less than a large retailer,” says Becket.

Briggs says: “Sotheby’s jewels are like Sotheby’s homes. They’re exposed to a worldwide audience that appreciates the luxury lifestyle – something you wouldn’t find at any other company.”

Rich in their design history, the proceeds of this collection benefit the charitable efforts that are the pillars of the Bobst legacy. Taken together, these bold, colorful jewels speak of a woman who dressed for all occasions with confidence and a clear sense of personal style.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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