Jewellery

In the art and antiques market, the jewellery category spans the millennia from ancient artefacts fit for Cleopatra herself to modern branded wares by famous French and American ateliers. This may include objects of significant intrinsic worth – valued for the gemstones and precious metals from which they were made – but also objects fashioned from more humble materials that are appreciated simply for the excellence of their design.


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Bracelet worn by Princess Margaret in Cecil Beaton photo comes to auction in London

29 July 2021

An Art Deco cultured pearl and diamond bracelet owned by Princess Margaret and worn for her 19th birthday photograph taken by Cecil Beaton in 1949 is coming up at auction.

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Queen Victoria’s bracelet joins coronet – with Butler’s help

26 July 2021

Humphrey Butler has announced the rediscovery of a bracelet from the famed suite of sapphire and diamond jewels made for a young Queen Victoria.

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Art Deco necklace fetches new high for Fouquet

19 July 2021

A quintessential example of avant-garde Art Deco jewellery by a French designer who was renowned for such modernist pieces was the toast of Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online Jewellery sale in Paris which closed on July 7.

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Desk set to really take note of

05 July 2021

While prices and interest have been declining in desk sets since computer laptops rendered them largely redundant, there are exceptions.

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Liver bird brooch made as a wartime order

28 June 2021

This liver bird brooch, hallmarked for 1943, appears to have been commissioned as a bespoke order for Margaret Hall, the daughter of a lord mayor of Liverpool who, from 1935-6, was herself the lady mayoress of the city.

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Colour and texture are key to Kashmir sapphire appeal

28 June 2021

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.

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Family history lifts Cartier brooch to £120,000

28 June 2021

The star of a recent Chiswick Auctions’ (25/12% buyer’s premium) Jewellery auction was an Art Deco diamond and rock crystal Cartier brooch, c.1925.

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Heigh-ho, off to sale we go

28 June 2021

The appeal of this bracelet hung with eight enamel charms depicting Snow White and Seven Dwarfs lies in its Disney subject matter and its association with Cartier.

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Happy birthdays for four generations

28 June 2021

An episode of BBC Antiques Roadshow filmed at Windermere and broadcast in February included this 18ct gold and pearl necklace by HG Murphy.

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Archaeological revival jewellery comes to summer auctions

28 June 2021

These two fine examples of archaeological revival gold jewellery come for sale in the regions in July.

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Jewellery: Marlborough gems strike gold again with £48,000 Nathaniel Marchant intaglio at Christie's

28 June 2021

The collection of about 800 engraved gems formed by the nobleman and politician George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817), was the largest and most important of the age.

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How Cartier still shone despite the thrifty financial times

28 June 2021

In the thrifty years after the Wall Street Crash, many Cartier jewels used fewer large diamonds and more colourful secondary stones. What they lost in intrinsic value they more than made up for with the ‘wow’ factor.

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Brooches ready to catch the eye

28 June 2021

Here we feature a selection of very different brooches coming up for sale in the UK regions in July.

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Boucheron bought direct from the Bond Street shop

28 June 2021

Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Summer auction in Shrewsbury on June 16 included a private collection of nine pieces of Boucheron jewellery.

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Calling jewellery dealers to take part in new ITV show

26 June 2021

Presenter Gok Wan is to host a new TV show and jewellery dealers are asked to take part.

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From the Londonderry family jewels

21 June 2021

The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis on July 15 includes this pair of Burmese ruby and diamond earrings with a family provenance to Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry (1878-1959).

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Reward offered for return of stolen treasures from Arundel Castle

08 June 2021

Insurers acting for the owners of Arundel Castle have offered a substantial reward for the safe return of all or part of the collection of items stolen on the night of May 21.

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Singapore family collection being sold for charity

24 May 2021

The timed sale of jewellery and watches running at Hotlotz in Singapore until May 30 features 74 lots consigned from a private family collection.

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Modernist market thrives for Grima and Gard

12 April 2021

Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) dedicated Jewellery, Watches & Silver auction in Maidenhead on March 11 included two unusual signed pieces by flavour-of-the-month Andrew Grima (1921-2007).

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Murrle Bennett: the Anglo-German style

12 April 2021

Jewellery by the Anglo-German firm Murrle Bennett, which thrived for two decades before the First World War, appeals today for the reasons it did in the early 20th century.

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