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The Masters of Design features drawings by jewellery houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Verdura, Rubin and Bolin.

A Sotheby's spokesperson said: "From the 1890s to the 1960s, the exhibition includes studies for iconic designs such as Cartier's Tutti Frutti jewels and Van Cleef & Arpels' Art Deco creations."

The drawings will be shown alongside jewels from Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels auction, to be held in Geneva on May 17, together with a selection of vintage clothing.