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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Jewellery: Gold ring dedicated to the Crimean War commander who led the Light Brigade to its doom heads selection of recent jewellery highlights

19 April 2019

It was on the battlefield of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 that the name of James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797-1868) first became etched into public memory.

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Victorian gold necklace shows cutting edge of the Grand Tour

19 April 2019

A Victorian hardstone and gold necklace and similar brooch sold for an unexpected £7500 (estimate £600-800) at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne on April 11.

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Fouquet fresh as a daisy

19 April 2019

This French mother-of-pearl and gold pin formed as a daisy comes in a fitted box signed for George Fouquet (1862-1957).

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Farnham’s fragrant bloom points to late 19th century Tiffany

19 April 2019

Although unmarked, this gold, enamel and diamond brooch offered by Bonhams Knightsbridge (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) on April 3 was almost certainly made by Tiffany in New York c.1890.

Andrew Grima ring

Grima jewellery, Devlin designs and a Kangxi vase – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

05 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes an Andrew Grima ring and two Stuart Devlin silver gilt surprise eggs that sold for many multiples of their estimates.

Masterpieces in Miniature

Remarkable collection of ancient engraved gems come to auction at Christie’s New York

29 March 2019

Christie’s is to sell a remarkable collection of engraved gems from the Classical world, formerly in the Sangiorgi collection, in New York.

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Viscountess Astor’s aquamarine jewel sparkles in Newbury

18 March 2019

An impressive Edwardian aquamarine and diamond brooch with a provenance to the first lady to take her seat as an MP in the UK sold for £54,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at auction this month.

Aide memoire

Five highlights from Fellows’ first Fine Jewellery auction

05 March 2019

Jewellery and watch specialist Fellows is to introduce a new sale category this month focused upon the better quality lots it sells from its Birmingham saleroom.

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Etruscan revival gold bracelet emerges in Maine auction

18 February 2019

A rich spread of American, European and Asian material is on offer at Thomaston Place’s latest Winter Weekend auction to be held over three days from March 1-3 in Thomaston, Maine.

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Remarkable pieces of Australian gold rush era jewellery appear at UK sales

11 February 2019

Gold rush era jewellery from Down Under is a rare visitor to UK salerooms but, remarkably, several pieces have appeared for sale in recent months.

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Alfred Jewel discovered again

11 February 2019

Among the more eagerly contested entries to the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) sale on January 24 was a late 19th century replica of the Alfred Jewel: the great example of Anglo-Saxon goldsmithing found in Somerset in 1693 and today one of the most popular exhibits at the Ashmolean Museum.

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The rivière’s endless flow at auction

11 February 2019

The rivière – one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period – features an endless line of matched or subtly graduated gems set within inconspicuous collets.

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The many ‘fearless’ faces of Edith Weber: highlights from the jewellery sale at Skinner in Boston

11 February 2019

The opening 96 lots of the sale at Skinner (23% buyer’s premium) in Boston on December 4 were from the stock of the former New York dealership Edith Weber Antique Jewelry.

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The ‘new’ market appeal of the tiara

11 February 2019

Deemed a little ostentatious in some circles, tiaras have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, particularly in Russia and the Baltic states where jeans and a diamond fascinator are de rigueur at informal high-society events.

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Masterworks by titans of French Art Deco jewellery design bring demand at Christie’s in Paris

11 February 2019

Pictured here are two exceptional pieces of Art Deco jewellery sold by Christie’s Paris (25% buyer’s premium) for multi-estimate sums on December 4.

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Memento ring of the last Jacobite to be executed for treason sells in Chichester

11 February 2019

A local family that could trace a clear line back to the 1750 was the consignor of this gold, white enamel and citrine mourning ring to Henry Adams in Chichester.

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Burmese sapphire brooch brings its rich seam to Cumbria

11 February 2019

Sapphires have been mined in Burma (now Myanmar) for over a millennium, the stones admired for their colour saturation and dark hues.

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10 jewellery highlights at auction for winter 2019

11 February 2019

A selection of 10 stand-out jewellery lots offered at auction in February-April 2019.

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Bonhams director of jewellery predicts continued growth in emerald prices

11 February 2019

Jean Ghika, global director of jewellery at Bonhams, closed out 2018 on a positive note.

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From Roman to retro: 12 jewellery highlights from Grays Antiques Market

11 February 2019

Although the centre never closed during the Crossrail project, as that work winds down Grays Antiques Market now has a fresh chance to showcase the many exceptional dealers based in the Edwardian building on Davies Street in London. As one might expect near Bond Street, period jewellery, from Roman rings to 1970s retro, is the main stock in trade.

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