Signed Print to Aid Ukraine

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A limited edition signed print will be offered April 24th to help in the aid effort in Ukraine.

Clars Auction Gallery is proud to be offering a print of the photograph Girl with Candy by now world-renowned Ukrainian photographer Oleksii Kyrychenko. Oleksii blew-up on social media after uploading the photo of his young daughter holding a (unloaded) double barrel rifle with lollipop in mouth, just days before Ukraine was attacked by Russian forces. Oleksii, who’s been a photography hobbyist since school, wanted to capture and show the world what a war-torn Ukraine would look like for its people and its children. Despite attempts to share the images on Facebook, they were not truly appreciated until his dystopian photograph became reality.


Oleskii Kyrychenko, <em>Girl with Candy</em>,  Print of Photograph (edition of 5), 2022.<br><b>To be offered April 24, 2022.</b> Half of the proceeds will be donated to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping the Ukrainian military by supplying troops with technical support and medical aid.
Oleksii Kyrychenko, Girl with Candy, Photography Print (edition of 5), 2022.

Oleksii said, “I posted the photo to a few Facebook foreign photo groups. They were banned immediately in those with Russian admins. The other groups were ambiguous about the piece. A lot of people criticized the photo for showing a child with a weapon. Finally, the photo remained posted in only one group.” But after the atrocities of the war began, he went on to say, “Suddenly the image had spread all over the world. The opinions of these photos have changed completely, as now the world has seen the real face of the Russian invasion.”


Learn more about the photograph from Oleksii himself.

Clars will be auctioning a print of the photograph, printed here in Oakland by permission of the photographer. It is one of a limited edition of 5, which will be auctioned in our April 24th sale with an estimate of $1,000–$2,000.

Oleksii has requested that half of the proceeds be donated to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping the Ukrainian military by supplying troops with technical support and medical aid.

Bid online on live.clars.com, phone bid, live or by absentee.

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Fundraiser | San Francisco Historical Society

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Clars is thrilled to offer our specialized Modern + Contemporary Art and Design sale on Friday March 25th.


Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), <em>Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac)</em>, 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017.

The art portion of the sale will be chockfull of iconic prints, sculptures, and original works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Wonner, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Milton Avery, Robert Longo, and Robert Motherwell to name a few. The highlight of the sale will be a spectacular painting by California artist Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983) titled Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon over Orange Sac). The vibrant work is a stunning example of Hollowell’s colorful blend of abstraction and bodily form. The painting, estimated at $400,000–$600,000, stands four feet tall and pulls the observer in with its rhythmic arrangement and three dimensionality.


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75" x 25".
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25" x 20.25".
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5" x 31.75".
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5″ x 31.75″.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Etudes VII (d'apres Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.

The sale will also highlight a 1961 original graphite on paper by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). The drawing, titled Études VII (d’après Manet), was exhibited at Alex Maguy Galerie De L’Élysée in 1966 and has remained in private collection ever since. The original work will be offered at $100,000–$150,000.


Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25" x 7.5" x 8.5".Estimate: $15,000–20,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25″ x 7.5″ x 8.5″.
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), "Young Woman at the Threshold," 1940, oil on canvas, 50.38" h x 31.13" w Ref: Zuniga, Ariel "Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927-1986 (2003)," #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California).
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, 1940, oil on canvas, 41″ h x 25.25″ w. Ref: Zuniga, Ariel “Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927-1986 (2003),” #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California).

The Design portion of the sale will feature numerous notable names, including George Nakashima, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Hans Olsen, Jens Risom, Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll among others.


George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.

The highlight will be a George Nakashima 7’ overhanging walnut wall case executed in 1971 estimated at $20,000–$30,000. Also to be offered is a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and a Valet chair, and a Finn Juhl Japan sofa. There will be a large collection of glass including Dale Chihuly, Fontana Arte, Venini, Daum, and Lalique.


Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Papa Bear lounge chair, Denmark, circa 1960.
Hans J. Wegner for A.P. Stolen Papa Bear lounge chair, Denmark, circa 1960.
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, Denmark 1953.
Hans J. Wegner for Johannes Hansen valet chair, Denmark 1953.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5″h.
Bidding for Clars’ March 25th auction is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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March Modern + Contemporary Art Auction Highlights

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Clars is thrilled to offer our specialized Modern + Contemporary Art and Design sale on Friday March 25th.

The art portion of the sale will be chockfull of iconic prints, sculptures, and original works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Wonner, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Milton Avery, Robert Longo, and Robert Motherwell to name a few. The highlight of the sale will be a spectacular painting by California artist Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983) titled Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon over Orange Sac). The vibrant work is a stunning example of Hollowell’s colorful blend of abstraction and bodily form. The painting, estimated at $400,000–$600,000, stands four feet tall and pulls the observer in with its rhythmic arrangement and three dimensionality. The sale will also highlight a 1961 original graphite on paper by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). The drawing, titled Les Déjeuners – Femmes Accroupies (Crouching Women), was exhibited at Alex Maguy Galerie De L’Élysée in 1966 and has remained in private collection ever since. The original work will be offered at $100,000–$150,000.


Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017.
Estimate: $400,000–$600,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Etudes VII (d'apres Manet)</em>, 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, <em>Hommage à Picasso</em>, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.<br>Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.
Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II</em>, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75" x 25". Esimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5" x 27". Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5″ x 27″. Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), <em>Country City</em>, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5" x 31.75". <b>Estimate: $18,000– $24,000.</b>
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920–2021), Country City, 1988, etching and aquatint in colors, 21.5″ x 31.75″.
Estimate: $18,000– $24,000.
M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972), <em>Castel Mola</em>, 1932, lithograph, 8.75" x 12.25".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
M.C. Escher (Dutch, 1898–1972), Castel Mola, 1932, lithograph, 8.75″ x 12.25″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000.
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, complete portfolio of thirty-nine (39) etchings, with additional six (6) loose etchings, 17.75" x 12.5". Estimate: $18,000–24,000.
David Hockney (British, b. 1937), Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 1970, complete portfolio of thirty-nine (39) etchings, with additional six (6) loose etchings, 17.75″ x 12.5″.
Estimate: $18,000–$24,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25" x 7.5" x 8.5".Estimate: $15,000–20,000.
Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933–2011), Head, 1987, bronze sculpture, 25″ x 7.5″ x 8.5″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5" x 39".Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5″ x 39″.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), <em>Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees</em> (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), <nobr>19.5" x 25.5".</nobr><br><b>Estimate: $50,000–70,000.<b>
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), 19.5″ x 25.5″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), <em>Reclining Bathers</em>, 1950, color monotype with hand coloring in oil and gouache on cream wove paper, 17" x 22".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), Reclining Bathers, 1950, color monotype with hand coloring in oil and gouache on cream wove paper, 17″ x 22″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.
Thomas Hart Benton print: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), <em>Huck Finn</em>, 1936, stone lithograph, 16.5" x 21.75".<br><b>Estimate: $15,000–20,000.</b>
Thomas Hart Benton print: Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Huck Finn, 1936, stone lithograph, 16.5″ x 21.75″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Sol LeWitt (American 1928–2007), Untitled, 1985, gouache on paper, 3.75" x 7".<br><b>Estimate: $5,000–7,000.</b>
Sol LeWitt (American 1928–2007), Untitled, 1985, gouache on paper, 3.75″ x 7″.
Estimate: $5,000–$7,000.
Richard Estes (American, b. 1932), <em>Holland Hotel</em>, 1980, screenprint in colors, 45.5" x 72".<br><b>Estimate: $10,000–15,000.</b>
Richard Estes (American, b. 1932), Holland Hotel, 1980, screenprint in colors, 45.5″ x 72″.
Estimate: $10,000–$15,000.

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Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction

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Join Clars for our major March 25th Modern + Contemporary + Art + Design auction.

Highlights range from the turn of the 20th to the 21st century, and include Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, a Louis Sullivan elevator grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange, a Finn Juhl Japan sofa, Dale Chihuly glass sculptures, Italian glass such as Fontana Arte and Afro Celotto, among others.

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Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated  verso, dimensions: 48"h x 36"w x 5"d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017 $400,000–600,000.
Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), 2017, oil paint, acrylic medium, sawdust on high density foam on linen mounted on panel, signed, titled and dated verso, dimensions: 48″h x 36″w x 5″d (121.9 cm x 91.4 cm x 12.7 cm). Provenance: Purchased Pace Gallery (New York, NY) in 2017. Estimate: $400,000–$600,000.
Francisco Zuniga (Mexican, 1912–1998), Young Woman at the Threshold, 1940, oil on canvas, 41″h x 25.25″w (128 cm x 79 cm) . Ref: Zuniga, Ariel, Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne, Volume II, Oil Paintings, Prints & Reproductions 1927–1986 (2003), #144 (Reproduced in B&W). Provenance: Estate of Ray and Barbara Wolfinger (Berkeley, California). Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5”h.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) Persian glass group, in amethyst with yellow lip wrap, 10.5″h.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Radiant Yellow Persian Pair with Black Lip Wraps.
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Radiant Yellow Persian Pair with Black Lip Wraps.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Shipboard Girl, 1965, offset lithograph, 27.25″ x 20.25″.
Estimate: $40,000–$60,000.
Philip Moulthrop (American, b. 1947) turned White Pine Node bowl, 10”h x 13”w.
Philip Moulthrop (American, b. 1947) turned White Pine Node bowl, 10″h x 13″w.
Louis Sullivan Elevator Grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Elevator Grille from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Iron Baluster from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Louis Sullivan Iron Baluster from the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Finn Juhl Japan sofa.
Arthur Court antler chairs.
Arthur Court antler chairs.
Milo Baughman occasional tables, set of four.
Milo Baughman occasional tables, set of four.
Charles and Ray Eames CTM coffee table.
Charles and Ray Eames CTM coffee table.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates early rosewood credenza, with Carrera Bella marble top, circa 1960.
Florence Knoll for Knoll Associates early rosewood credenza, with Carrera Bella marble top, circa 1960.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5" x 27". Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Untitled (Bouquet of Flowers), acrylic on paper, 38.5″ x 27″. Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Le Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’apres Manet II</em>, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75” x 25”. Esimate: $15,000–$20,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Le Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe, d’après Manet II, 1962, linocut in black and white, 20.75″ x 25″.
Estimate: $15,000–$20,000.
George Nakashima, 7' overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
George Nakashima, 7′ overhanging walnut wall case, executed in 1971.
Handel table lamp with chipped ice shade.
Handel table lamp with chipped ice shade.
Vladmir Kagan side chairs.
Vladmir Kagan side chairs.
Miles Karpilow sideboard, 63”h x 60”w x 17.5”d.
Miles Karpilow sideboard, 63″h x 60″w x 17.5″d.
Afro Celotto vase.
Afro Celotto vase.
Fontana Arte bowl.
Fontana Arte bowl.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), <em>Etudes VII (d'apres Manet)</em>, 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75" x 23.5". Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, <em>Hommage à Picasso</em>, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.<br>Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Études VII (d’après Manet), 1961, graphite on les Annonay (watermarked) paper, 17.75″ x 23.5″. Provenance: Alex Maguy, Paris; Estate of Liselotte Weber (Burlingame, CA). Exhibited: Alex Maguy Galerie de L’Élysée, Hommage à Picasso, November 19–December 25, 1966. Reference: Zervos XX:50.
Estimate: $100,000–$150,000.
Jacques Moniquet, Boxes.
Jacques Moniquet, Boxes.
Venini-Ludovico Piaz De Santillana.
Venini-Ludovico Piaz De Santillana.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5" x 39".Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Robert Longo (American b. 1953), Gretchen, 1984, lithograph, 67.5″ x 39″.
Estimate: $60,000–$90,000.
Fontana Arte mirror.
Fontana Arte mirror.
Hans Wagner for Carl Hansen CH34 armchair.
Hans Wagner for Carl Hansen CH34 armchair.
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH 504 chairs, set of six.
Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen JH 504 chairs, set of six.
Borge Mogensen cabinet.
Borge Mogensen cabinet.
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), <em>Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees</em> (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), <nobr>19.5" x 25.5".</nobr><br><b>Estimate: $50,000–70,000.<b>
Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876–1967), Fishing Town with Women on Beach/Seascape with Trees (verso), oil on canvas (double-sided), 19.5″ x 25.5″.
Estimate: $50,000–$70,000.
Peter Hvidt teak credenza.
Peter Hvidt teak credenza.
Arne Vodder teak desk.
Arne Vodder teak desk.
Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair.
Poul Kjaerholm PK 20 Lounge Chair.
Hans Wegner for Ry Mobler cabinet.
Hans Wegner for Ry Mobler cabinet.

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Clars will hold their Fine Jewelry and Timepieces auction on February 17, followed by auctions showcasing Fine Art, Asian Art and Furniture & Decorative Arts February 19–20.

Fine Jewelry

On February 17th 2022, Clars Auction will be offering a Fine Jewelry & Timepiece sale including a variety of colored gemstone, diamond, gold and signed jewelry and timepieces. The sale includes a nice selection of colored gemstones of exceptional origin, impressive diamond and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

The selection of gemstones are highlighted by lot 3012, a Ceylon sapphire, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $4,000–$6,000; lot 3050, a Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant, estimated at $5,000–$7,000; and lot 3019, a Burmese ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring, estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.<br>Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.
Left: A Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring.
Right: A Colombian emerald, diamond and platinum pendant.

A selection of impressive diamond jewelry includes old and new, with lot 3005, an Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, estimated at $8,000–$12,000; a wide strap bracelet set with 45.00 carats of diamonds, estimated at $35,000–$45,000; and lot 3080, a 4.30 carats round brilliant-cut diamond ring, estimated at $25,000–$35,000.


Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.<br>Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.
Left: A Burma ruby, diamond and eighteen karat white gold ring.
Right: An Art Deco diamond and platinum ring.

Tiffany & Co. is represented by, lot 3081, a sapphire and eighteen karat gold ring, estimated at $3,000–$5,000; lot 3144, a cultured pearl torsade necklace, designed by Paloma Picasso, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; and lot 3108, an ‘Open Heart’ eighteen karat gold pendant necklace, by Elsa Peretti, estimated at $1,000–$1,500.

Fine Art

Clars’ February sale will offer a wide collection of Fine Art from varying genres and mediums. The main highlight of the sale will be a stunning painting by Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), demonstrating his classical style sea nymphs basking along a rocky coast. Draper was known for painting mythological themes, having studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and traveling to Paris and Rome to further this knowledge of the style. The painting to be offered February 20th, titled Evening Calm, is estimated at $70,000–$100,000.


Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24" x 40".
Herbert James Draper (British, 1864–1920), Evening Calm, oil on canvas, 24″x40″.

Clars is also eager to offer a beautiful example of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (French, 1841–1919) lithograph Le Chapeau Épinglé. The print depicts the daughter of Renoir’s contemporary Berthe Morisot, Julie Manet, along with her cousin Paulette, in the traditional attire of the times. Easily one of Renoir’s most recognizable prints, this olive green print is a first plate version, from a small edition of just fifty printed in that color. The lithograph is valued at $6,000–$9,000.

A student of William Merritt Chase, Addison Thomas Millar’s (American, 1860–1913) Orientalist scenes with figures were highly desired among collectors at the turn of the last century, The painting, Rue de Diable, Algiers, epitomizes this and will be offered at $8,000–$12,000.


Addison Thomas Millar (American, 1860–1913), Rue de Diable, Algiers, oil on board, 13.75″x9.5″.

For those historical purists that prefer photographs, the rare orotone by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952) titled, The Rush Gatherer, is estimated at $15,000–$20,000 and will surely get noticed by collectors.


Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952), The Rush Gatherer, orotone, 7.5″x9.5″.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

For the Furniture and Decorative Arts portion of the sale, there will be a patinated verdigris metal sculpture executed in the Renaissance taste, valued at $2,500–$3,500. Decorated with whimsical mythological figures, this sculpture will undoubtably captivate the auction audience.


A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.
A patinated metal sculpture in the Renaissance taste.

Also up for offer is an early Gorham Aesthetic Movement coin silver hot beverage service estimated at $6,000–$9,000. The large Marcus & Co. New York sterling tray will be offered in a subsequent lot, and at 220 toz. is expected to command $7,000–$9,000. Collecting fine silver is a passion for many. Elaborate table-scapes that sparkle in pictures are trending on various Social Media platforms, including Instagram.


An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.
An Early Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service and a Massive Marcus & Co. sterling tea tray.

A Santa Inez painted decorated Santos caged figure, Guatemala, 18th century, will be offered with an estimate of $2,000–$4,000.

There will be a nice selection of Native American basketry and Navajo blankets. Highlights include a Karuk basketry hat, as well as Maidu, Washoe and Tlingit examples.

Asian Art

The Asian art department will have several highlights including a Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha (lot 6840). Commonly known as the Medicine Buddha, he is considered a healer who alleviates suffering and offers solace to the afflicted through the medicine of his teachings. The practice of veneration of the Medicine Buddha is popular in China and Tibet, as he is depicted as one of the three prominent Buddha figures, the others being the founder Shakyamuni and Amitabha. The current example hails from the late 17th century to early 18th century, and was made for a devoted Buddhist practitioner of significant wealth and stature. The Buddha carries an auction estimate of $15,000–$25,000.


Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.
Chinese parcel-gilt copper alloy repousse figure of the Medicine Buddha.

Featuring prominently in the auction will be a Chinese white jade pendant (lot 6894). The plum blossom featured on the white jade pendant is a symbol of winter and a harbinger of spring. Specifically, the plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitory state of life. The two character seal inscription ‘Meishou’ on the reverse grants the owner of the jade pendant hope and longevity. This jade pendant is a fine example of 18th century workmanship and the jade stone is of a high quality.


Chinese white jade pendant.
Chinese white jade pendant.
Bidding for Clars’ February 17–20, 2022 auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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The Significance of Origin: Rubies

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A gemstone is defined by its beauty. Factors such as size, shape, cut and color all assist in defining a gemstone’s beauty. The most influential of which is color. The ruby, a variety of corundum, is defined by its red hue component. Rubies can range from orangey red to purplish red in color. Among this wide range, the finest rubies show a pure red to slightly purplish red, enhanced by vivid saturation. Many imaginative names have been used to describe a ruby’s color. The most notable being ‘pigeon’s blood’. This term characterizes the red fluorescence sometimes displayed in a ruby or ‘freshly killed pigeon’.

A 4.02 Carats Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring.
For Sale Thursday, February 17th 2022 at 10AM PST

Although production can vary greatly even within an individual mine, some sources have become synonymous with a particular color and quality. The Mogok region of Myanmar, formerly Burma, produces ‘Burmese’ rubies. This is one of the world’s most important sources for fine rubies. These stones typically rest at the top of the market, often displaying exceptional color and quality. They typically show a red to slightly purplish red hue, vivid saturation and medium-dark tone. They often display a signature red fluorescence and a softness that is a result of internal inclusions. The most exceptional examples of Burmese rubies display a red hue and vivid saturation in addition to its softness and fluorescence.

The ruby market is also shared with the mines of Thailand and Cambodia. These sources produce ‘Thai’ or ‘Pailin’ rubies. They can show a pure red, but typically fall in the range of brownish red to purplish red, with a medium-dark to very dark tone. These stones often face up relatively dark as they commonly display areas of extinction.

Since its discovery in recent decades, the Mozambique mines of Africa, have become the world’s leading supplier of rubies. The introduction of these stones, which tend to range from purplish red to red, sometimes with a tint of orange, have forced the trade’s language to adjust. The Gemological Institute of America is now utilizing terms such as ‘crimson’, a slightly purplish red and ‘scarlet’, a red reflecting an orange tint, to characterize these increasingly common stones.

Many factors contribute to the beauty of a gemstone, including size, shape and cut. Nevertheless, color and origin, which are often tied together, remain the most important.

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Clars 2021 Highlights Recap

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Clars Auction Gallery sees strong results for Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sales in 2021.

Fine Art

In September, Clars was proud to present the firm’s Modern + Contemporary Art + Design auction. This curated specialized sale was a great success realizing over $1,300,000 with just over 365 lots. The sale was led by Andy Warhol’s iconic Moonwalk screenprints. Printed in 1987, the suite depicts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s famous walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission of 1969. Emphasized in both yellow and pink, the prints capture Warhol’s classic pop art visuals while simultaneously demonstrating a shift away from commercial imagery to historical events and figures. The works were intended to be a part of a series depicting famous and influential television events but due to the artist’s death just months after their printing, Moonwalk was the only image completed. With numerous telephone bidders from across the globe, and many collectors vying for the prints, the price soared to $417,500.


Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Moonwalk, 1987, screenprints in colors.

Rick Unruh, CEO and President of Clars noted, “Our Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale reached a global audience, evidence of the fact that Clars is on the map when it comes to Modern and Contemporary. We also continue to reach record prices with works by Andy Warhol. It couldn’t have been better timing in offering these screenprints, with the splash down of the SpaceX Inspiration4 this weekend — the first all-civilian space flight.” 

Another major highlight from the sale was a Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008) painting, Flowers and Boxes of Fruit (1991) that commanded $125,000, well over its $80,000–120,000 estimate.


Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), Flowers and Boxes of Fruit, 1991, acrylic on canvas.

Portraiture of racy historical sitters are often a favorite among collectors. Such was the case at Clars Auction Gallery on February 21, when The Lady in Black and Green (Mrs Dudley Ward) by Sir John Lavery (Irish, 1856–1941) crossed the block in the firm’s Fine Art & Antique Auction. The sitter was an English socialite best known for being the married mistress of the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII) from 1918 to 1929. Painted in 1920 at the peak of her romance with the future king, this oil on canvas stirred up some old gossip. With numerous international telephone bidders vying for the portrait, it ultimately commanded a total of $135,300.


John Lavery (Irish, 1856–1941), The Lady in Black and Green (Mrs. Dudley Ward), 1920, oil on canvas.

Rick Unruh, CEO and director of the Fine Art department at Clars said, “We were very pleased with the outcome of Lavery’s painting, The Lady in Green and Black (Mrs. Dudley Ward). I believe that the sitter, being a fairly renowned personality in early Twentieth Century British society, and her connection to King Edward VIII, made this painting quite special. Also, having 14 international telephone bidders on this lot did help immensely, too.”

The painting came to Clars from a San Francisco Bay Area estate. Deric Torres, senior vice president of Trust and Estates added, “The trust bequeathed many items to institutions around the country, and the Lavery painting is one of many fine items we will be offering from this very important estate.”

Furniture & Decorative Arts

20th Century Design was featured prominently in the 2021 auction series. A Dale Chihuly (American b. 1941), Untitled (Pink and white glass chandelier) commanded $62,500. Art glass always sells well, and Clars will have a nice selection of glass in the March 2022 Art + Design auction, including Chihuly, Fontana Arte, and Afro Celotto among others.


Dale Chihuly, (American b. 1941) Untitled, Pink and white glass chandelier.

A collection of Hermes furniture realized at total of $77,125 across eight lots. Several of the pieces were reissues of models originally designed by Jean Michel Frank for Hermes in the 1920s. The strong selling price for the Hermes furniture is indicative that Art Deco style is starting to trend into 2022.


Hermes, Metiers Oval Table and Sellier Dining chairs (sold as set of 6).

A Philip and Kelvin Laverne Eternal Forest coffee table commanded $22,500. This table, from the 1960s, is in a rare natural motif, which undoubtably led to several bidders vying for the lot.


Philip and Kevin LaVerne, Eternal Forest coffee table, USA, circa 1969, acid-etched and enameled patinated brass over pewter over wood. Right: top view.
Philip and Kevin LaVerne, Eternal Forest coffee table, USA, circa 1969, acid-etched and enameled patinated brass over pewter over wood. Right: top view.

Fine Jewelry

Jewelry at Clars saw great successes in 2021. The department achieved nearly $3M in sales, more than doubling the previous year’s sales. This was in-part to the introduction of their curated Fine Jewelry Sales, which represented excellent examples of diamond, colored gemstone and signed jewelry spanning the Georgian period to contemporary.

The year surmounted by the sale of a very light blue diamond, weighing 8.58 carats. The rare color, often surrounded by myth and lore, thrilled buyers, achieving a sales result of $468,500.



An 8.58 carats very light blue diamond.

Diamonds continued to achieve top prices with the sale of a 5.04 carats pear brilliant-cut diamond ring, showing G color and VS1 clarity. The sizable stone displaying great clarity achieved a sale price of $87,500.


A 5.04 carats pear brilliant-cut diamond ring.
A 5.04 carats pear brilliant-cut diamond ring.

We also saw excellent results in fresh-to-market antiques, like this Victorian colored diamond brooch designed as a horseshoe, which achieved a sale price $9,375.


A Victorian colored diamond brooch.

The call for signed jewelry was strong across decades. This included the sale of an eighteen karat gold necklace produced by American jewelry house, David Webb, which fetched $19,050; and in addition, the sale of a fine diamond and gemstone brooch, designed by Oskar Woldemar Pihl for Fabregé, designed as a frond, which achieved $12,500.


Left: A David Webb Eighteen Karat Gold Necklace.
Right: A diamond and gemstone brooch, Oskar Woldemar Pihl, Fabergé.

Asian Art

The Asian Art department had several important auction items, including a gilt bronze Buddhist figure in the Tibeto-Chinese style, that sold for $187,500. Produced during the 15th century for the Ming dynasty, imperial patronage are highly distinguished for their unsurpassed craftsmanship, overall refinement and gracefulness.


Chinese gilt bronze figure of Buddha.

The distinct Imperial style of the bronze figure that sold at Clars includes the double-lotus bases with beaded rims and characteristic facial features with broadened outline, gently arched brows above the lidded eyes and subtle smile, all finished with great attention to detail.

A Chinese huanghuali corner leg table, with a single paneled top and “giant’s arms” braces supporting the beaded legs and apron, went for $93,750. The table measured 18 inches high and 77 inches long.


Chinese huanghuali corner leg table, top and front view.

The Eighteenth Century table was cut down to coffee table height and would have originally been taller. They were primarily made for painting, calligraphy or writing in a scholar’s studio.

When asked what made it special, Harry Huang, Associate Director of Asian Art at Clars said, “It’s primarily the age and the size of the table. It’s roughly Eighteenth Century and it’s very comparable to other pieces sold at other major auction houses. The size, at 77 inches, is pretty much the max for that type of table.”

About Clars:
Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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New Year, New Art

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Clars Auction Gallery’s January 15–16th auction will be led by Yan Hsia (Taiwanese, b. 1932) Pedestrian at Soho #2.

Fine Art

Yan Hsia (Taiwanese, b. 1932) moved to New York City in 1968 where his style was influenced by American Photo-Realism. One of his most desired series that exemplifies this style when he was represented at O. K. Gallery in Soho is the oil on canvas, Pedestrian at Soho #2 (1975), which is estimated at $20,000–$40,000. Deaccessioned from the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada), this work is sure to get much attention on Sunday, January 16th with a similar work from this series selling for well-over $100,000 at auction in Hong Kong in 2017.


Yan Hsia (Taiwanese, b. 1932), Pedestrian at Soho #2, 1975, oil on canvas, 36″x54″. Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, Nevada).

Another sought after artist from the Pacific Rim is Vu Cao Đam (French/Vietnamese, 1908–2000). Born in Hanoi, Đam’s style is influenced by ancient Chinese art and captures the beauty of female figures, children, and flowers in vibrant color. Đam’s oil on panel, Untitled (Divinity), epitomizes this and will be estimated at $10,000–$15,000.


Vu Cao Đam (French/Vietnamese, 1908–2000), Untitled (Divinity), oil on panel, 19″x14.5″.

American Impressionist, Edward Henry Potthast (1857–1927), is best known for sunny beach scenes with sparkling surf. At 25×30 inches and estimated at $10,000–$15,000, Clars is pleased to be offering one of his larger works of the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Waves, on Sunday, January 16th.


Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927), Coastal Waves, oil on canvas, 25″x30″.

Long regarded as “the master” of late 19th and early 20th century Hawaiian landscapes, Clars is pleased to be offering two paintings by David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861–1943). Hitchcock’s style is uniquely his own using a subtle, yet colorful, palette to capture the brilliant effects of tropical light. Hawaiian Mountain Scene with Church and Hawaiian Ocean Scene are two such examples and will be offered at $7,000–$10,000 and $4,000–$7,000.


David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861–1943), Untitled (Hawaiian Mountain Scene with Church), oil on canvas board, 11.75″x16″ (1 of 2).

Furniture and Decorative Arts

Clars’ Decorative Arts department will have a fine selection of Silver, Coins and Objects of Vertu, including a Chinese export silver epergne by Ning Zhao Ji ca. 1895, estimated at $3,000–$5,000, a 1926 $20 St. Gaudens Gold PCGS MS63, valued at $2,500–$4,500, and a pair of monumental Empire gilt and patinated bronze figural candelabra, expected to sell for $3,000–$5,000.


Left: Chinese Export silver epergne, by Ning Zhao Ji, circa 1895.
Right: A pair of monumental Empire period gilt and patinated bronze candelabra (electrified).

There will also be a Steinway and Sons Model M baby grand piano circa 1958 estimated at $8,000–$12,000.


Steinway and Sons Model M baby grand piano circa 1958, serial number 361303.

Fine Jewelry

The Fine Jewelry & Timepiece department at Clars Auction Gallery is excited to offer a selection of diamond, colored gemstone and gold jewelry, in their upcoming January 16th sale.

This sale features a variety of wardrobe staples to build up the foundation of your jewelry collection at accessible price points, including bridal jewelry such as lot 2061, a 1.00 carats yellow diamond white gold wedding ring set, estimated at $2,000–$3,000; everyday diamonds such as lot 2120, a pair of diamond and fourteen karat gold earclips. As well as a colorful gemstone selection, including lot 2034, a pair of ruby and fourteen karat rose gold earclips, estimated at $1,800–$2,200; lot 2037, a pair of multi-hue tourmaline and diamond earrings. Other wearable pieces that will highlight your everyday life are featured by makers such as Buccellati, represented in lot 2141, a Daisy sterling silver bracelet, estimated at $1,200–$1,800.


Left: A yellow diamond, diamond white gold wedding ring set.
Right: A sterling silver bracelet, Daisy, Buccellati.

Asian Art

Asian Art will feature several important lots, including a Chinese huanghuali corner leg table estimated at $20,000–$40,000. The elegant simplicity of the present table is a result of its pure form and balanced proportions and defines the restrained yet sophisticated aesthetic of Ming dynasty furniture. Tables of this type were used by scholars for a variety of activities including the execution of painting and calligraphy and for displaying objects of admiration.


Chinese huanghuali corner leg table, top and front view.
Bidding for Clars’ January 15-16th auctions is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full-service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold well over $125,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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Colored Diamonds

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By Lauren Della Croce, Director, Fine Jewelry
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Clars is thrilled to host their Fine Jewelry Auction on Thursday, December 16th, beginning at 10 AM PST. The sale includes a fine selection of diamond, colored gemstone, and signed jewelry spanning from the Georgian period to contemporary. Among this selection are exceptional diamonds.

Diamonds are characterized by the ‘4Cs’: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Typically, the color of a diamond is graded on a scale ranging from D (colorless) to Z (light). When referencing the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) scale, the less color present, the more exceptional, and often more valuable, the diamond.

On the contrary, when determining the quality of fancy colored diamonds, the more color, the more extraordinary. Factors such as purity of the hue, as well as saturation play pivotal roles as well. Colored diamonds are graded beyond the D to Z range, on a scale ranging from Faint to Fancy Vivid.

Fancy colored diamonds are quite rare, with only 1 in every 10,000 diamonds showing a fancy color. The color is often a result of the presence of trace elements, not essential to the chemical composition of the diamond. Yellow diamonds, commonly marketed as “canary diamonds” most commonly contain the trace element, nitrogen.

A 4.18 carats fancy light yellow and platinum diamond ring.
A 4.18 carats fancy light yellow and platinum diamond ring.

Coming up for sale on December 16th is lot 5106, a 4.18 carats VS2 fancy light yellow diamond ring.

This fancy light yellow diamond is enhanced by its size, weighing an uncommon weight of 4.18 carats.

The rarest color of all, is pink. Pink colored diamonds range from red to purple. Unlike most colored diamonds, where colors are a result of trace elements, such as nitrogen’s presence in yellow diamonds, the majority of pink hues in pink colored diamonds are a result of a variation in its crystal structure.

The majority of the world’s pink diamonds are sourced from the famous Argyle mine, located in Australia. This mine, which has been a consistent producer of pink diamonds since its opening in 1983, officially closed in 2020.

A 1.05 Carats Fancy Intense Pink-Purple Diamond Ring.
A 1.05 Carats Fancy Intense Pink-Purple Diamond Ring.

Coming up for sale on December 16th is lot 5043, a 1.05 carats fancy intense pink-purple diamond ring.

This ring is particularly rare, as only about 28% of pink diamonds range within purplish-pink to pinkish-purple hue range, and 17% weigh over 1.00 carats.

Colored diamonds serve well to bridge the gap between the brilliance synonymous with diamonds, and the hues of gemstones. The rarity of these hues makes them a strong acquisition for a collector.

Sources:
Gilbertson, Al, et al. Diamond Lab Manual. The Gemological Institute of America, 2019.

“Fancy Color Diamond.” GIA, https://www.gia.edu/fancy-color-diamond/gem-overview.

Shor, Russell. “Why Are Pink Diamonds Pink? Gia Researchers Dive Deep into Their Crystal Structure.” Why Are Pink Diamonds Pink? GIA Researchers Dive Deep into Their Crystal Structure, 21 Oct. 2019, https://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research/why-pink-diamonds-pink-gia-researchers-dive-deep-into-crystal-structure.

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