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Amy Jackson: From Bollywood to Bond Street
John Pye Auctions were delighted to welcome Bollywood actress and model, Amy Jackson, to an exclusive private viewing of the David Jerome Collection in London earlier this year, when the star agreed to front the collection of natural gemstones. The Liverpool-born star shot to fame when she was spotted by leading Kollywood ﬁlm director, A.L. Vijay in 2010. She appeared in his hit ﬁlm ‘Madrasapattinam’ in the same year, and hasn’t looked back, appearing in a further eight ﬁlms, including the blockbuster Indian Tamil romantic thriller, ‘I’. Amy now divides her time between London and Mumbai.
Her interest in gemstones and jewellery, and in particular, her love for Rubies and Rubellites ﬁrst attracted Amy to the David Jerome Collection, of which 249 pure and unheated Rubies and 18 rare and natural Rubellites were featured in the ﬁrst auction. Coloured gemstones have been rapidly growing in popularity and these rising asset values are being reﬂected in auction rooms globally, with a world record realisation set this spring for a Ruby sold at auction in Geneva for £19.4m.
“I’ve never seen stones like this before or so many beautiful Rubies and Rubellites in one collection,” she said. “Each stone has been beautifully created into a one oﬀ piece of jewellery like no other. “I was interested to learn about the purity of untreated gems and the beneﬁts of buying gemstones that are fully certiﬁed.” Signature pieces from the ﬁrst auction include a 9.86 carat natural heart cut deep intense red Rubellite pendant set in white gold and surmounted by ‘VVS’ clarity diamonds, expected to reach £5,000. This stunning pendant was modelled by Amy for the front of the catalogue for auction one.