Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

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Police appeal after antiques stolen from retired Merseyside dealer

06 September 2023

Valuable antiques and jewellery were stolen from a former dealer’s home in Rainford, St Helens and the police are appealing for help.

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Quality counts in clocks world

04 September 2023

Collectors with refined taste are happy to take their time even when it comes to the most important makers.

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Rare 18th century clocks: Chinese copies of European creations in demand

04 September 2023

Both Christie’s and Bonhams brought impressive Chinese clocks to market in July.

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Carry off a smaller clock by maker of Big Ben fame

04 September 2023

Dent and Co is one of the bestknown names in English horology with a long history of precision clock and watch making.

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Arts & Crafts courtesy of jeweller Ella Naper and mentor Frederick James Partridge

04 September 2023

Jewellery from the estate of Ella Naper (1886-1972) was offered at Lay’s (21% buyer’s premium) in Lanner, Cornwall on August 10-11.

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Tiara's history traced to Vienna ahead of sale in Dublin

04 September 2023

The September 12 fine jewellery and watches sale at Adam’s in Dublin is led by a diamond tiara bracelet of approximately 38ct set in platinum.

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The second sleeper in Colchester: an intaglio ring emerges at auction

04 September 2023

The north European Mannerist bronze sold for £550,000 against a guide of £250-350 was not the only spectacular sleeper in the August 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Art Deco brooch owned by Evelyn Clothier comes to Hindman

04 September 2023

The September 12 Important Jewellery auction at Hindman in Chicago includes this Art Deco diamond, jade, cabochon emerald and enamel brooch mounted in platinum.

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Cherry pick: sapphire and diamond Cartier brooch comes to Dawsons

04 September 2023

The September 21 sale at Dawsons in Maidenhead includes this Cartier natural sapphire and diamond brooch designed as a single bloom of cherry blossom.

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Metal detectorist discoveries continue to appeal at auction

04 September 2023

Metal detectorists continue to be the best supply of ancient and medieval jewels onto the market.

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Jeweller Cipullo works his alchemy at auction

04 September 2023

The Cartier Love Bracelet – the plain gold band with screwheads to lock it around the wearer’s wrist – has become one of the most recognised pieces of modern jewellery.

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Ring of ‘Mr Show Business’ shines at Birmingham auction

04 September 2023

A favourite ring of Sammy Davis Jr sold at Fellows (25% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham on August 24.

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Belperron brooch blossoms at Yorkshire auction

04 September 2023

A chalcedony, sapphire and diamond flower brooch by Suzanne Belperron (1900-83) was included in Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale on July 15.

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Telling time on the front line

04 September 2023

‘Wristlets’ bridged the gap as pocket watches transitioned into the modern wristwatch during the Great War but had a significant design flaw in the hinged cover still in place.

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Previews: issue 2608

04 September 2023

Our selection of seven lots at upcoming auctions

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Heavenly delights from Chameroy at Salisbury sale

04 September 2023

The precursor to the Woolley & Wallis Fine Jewellery sale on October 25 is a single-owner catalogue devoted to the collection of Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020).

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Serpent bracelet and necklace slither into sales

04 September 2023

Serpent jewels, symbols of eternity and exoticism, are ever popular and two good examples are on offer this autumn.

British Museum

Investigation launched after gold jewellery and gemstones stolen from British Museum

17 August 2023

The British Museum is investigating the theft of jewellery and has dismissed a member of staff following the discovery that items from its “collection were found to be missing, stolen or damaged”.

Sheila Hancock

Plea to help trace missing necklaces

29 July 2023

The antiques and jewellery trade are being asked to look out for a necklace lost by actress and author Dame Sheila Hancock and a locket stolen from a 91-year-old woman.

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Stunning Suzanne Belperron brooch stars in our pick of five auction highlights

28 July 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a diamond flower brooch by Suzanne Belperron (1900-83) that made over five times estimate in Yorkshire.

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