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Pair of multi-colored sapphire and diamond earclips, Michele della Valle

Of bombé form set with numerous multi-colored sapphires weighing approximately 27.85 carats, interspersed with round diamonds weighing approximately 1.25 carats, mounted in 18 karat white gold, with retractable posts, maker's mark, numbered 10734. Est. 5,000—7,000 USD. Lot sold 12,500 USD

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. 23 Apr 09. New York www.sothebys.com Photo courtesy Sotheby's