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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Elizabeth Gage earrings and a Gillray cartoon are among five lots to watch

28 November 2022

With estimates from £600, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Fall on a high after jewellery accolades

28 November 2022

Tennants’ jewellery specialist, Jessica Fall, has not only passed her Gemmological Association professional qualifications with flying colours but has also won the Bruton Medal for best candidate of the year, and the Deeks Diamond Prize for the best results in the theory examination.

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Iranian incense burner helps to fuel ‘white glove’ sale

21 November 2022

Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was another of the London salerooms that held a designated sale in Islamic week.

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Toadstone prized for magical properties

14 November 2022

A rare 16th or 17th century gold ‘toadstone’ ring comes for sale at Sworders in November 23 with expectations of £3000-5000.

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A Rothschild with a passion for horses

14 November 2022

Dreweatts’ November 23 sale includes jewels from the collection of Renée Louise Marie de Rothschild (1927-2015).

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Five pieces of jewellery coming up at UK auctions

14 November 2022

A look at upcoming jewellery auction lots

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Queen Victoria’s wolf gift

14 November 2022

Queen Victoria gave many gifts to family, friends and servants, often commemorating notable events in her life.

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5 Questions: silver and jewellery specialist Natalie Smith

07 November 2022

Natalie Smith owns Woodbridge Antiques in Suffolk and specialises in silver and jewellery.

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Bold jewellery designer can boast a Bond connection

24 October 2022

Charles de Temple is much admired as a key figure in the British 1960s modernist movement – one of the designers who ushered bold and abstract jewellery to the forefront of fashion.

Brooch

Shipwreck furniture and lock of hair with Horatio Nelson links attract collectors at auction

04 October 2022

A bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant and brooch containing a lock Nelson's hair sold at auction last month.

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Showy Victorian taste lights up Shropshire sale

03 October 2022

Literally the highlight of Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Autumn Sale was a hall lantern demonstrating showy high Victorian taste at its most confident.

Charles de Temple ring

Charles de Temple ‘Bond’ ring stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

30 September 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a modernist ring linked to a Bond film that made over twice its estimate in London.

Halley’s comet brooch

A Georgian brooch to commemorate Halley’s Comet is among five lots to watch

12 September 2022

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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The Swan’s jewels shine among Shakenhurst lots

12 September 2022

With the added lustre of having been worn by a Fifties aristocratic supermodel, two jewellery items entered by her grandchildren were the stars at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale of items from a Shropshire manor.

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Previews: issue 2559

12 September 2022

A selection of upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Previews: issue 2558

05 September 2022

A selection of eight upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Fourteen bidders eager for a slice of the illusion action

22 August 2022

Percy Thomas Tibbles, born in Hampstead, London, in 1881, was destined to become famous for cutting women in half.

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Go batty about a brooch

22 August 2022

Although, thanks in part to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (first published in 1897), bats have acquired a reputation as ‘creatures of the night’ in many cultures they are viewed as symbols of luck or reincarnation.

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Sapphire-set owl makes five times estimate at Oxford sale

22 August 2022

The owl had been a symbol of wealth and wisdom since the days of ancient Greece and inspired designers such as Lalique.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

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