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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Classic Castellani jewellery creates Boston bidding demand

20 December 2021

This classic example of the archaeological revivalist techniques that were so fashionable in jewellery making in the second half of the 19th century was one of the top-selling lots at Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Sitwell seat sells very well

20 December 2021

Appeal of Weston Hall contents particularly enhanced by 20th century occupants

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Aristocratic connections boost rings

22 November 2021

In a recent Financial Times article titled 'Dangerous baubles for boys', historian and style journalist Nick Foulkes commented that a friend had “described my hands as looking like a cabinet of curiosities trying to emulate a pair of knuckledusters”.

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Twenty shining ideas for the gift-giving season

22 November 2021

Many sales in late November and early December are assembled with presents in mind and silver and jewellery are much to the fore.

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Hatton Garden makes a BID for the future

22 November 2021

London’s historic diamond and jewellery quarter faces challenges but also opportunities

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Jewellery and picture sales buoyant as Olympia makes return

22 November 2021

After two years of Covid-19 disruption The Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia finally reopened its doors in west London.

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Prince Albert’s drawings for Queen Victoria's coronet sell at Colchester auction

22 November 2021

The V&A loses out in £23,000 bidding battle for Prince Albert’s drawings of the diamond and sapphire coronet he designed for Queen Victoria.

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Original jewellery designs reflecting Glasgow style occupy a distinct market niche

22 November 2021

Few lots in the Design since 1860 sale held by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh were more admired than a series of Art Nouveau pencil and watercolour jewellery drawings by Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921).

Lalique dragonfly pendant

Lalique jewellery takes flight

01 November 2021

Naturally inspired creations underline the renowned designer’s range of talents

Mourning rings

Mourning glory: set of rings takes £31,000

11 October 2021

Gold and enamel mourning rings remembered at Birmingham auction.

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Asian art dealer previews: Jewels showcased in St James’s

11 October 2021

Asian antique jewellery specialist Sue Ollemans offers this Indian pair of early 19th century earrings made in Lucknow.

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Asian art auction previews: Fringe benefit

11 October 2021

This Indian gold necklace with a fringe of ruby and imitation pearl drops and flowerheads of green paste and moonstone has a guide of £1800-2400 at Bonhams’ sale of Islamic and Indian art on October 25.

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Jewellery: Koopman Rare Art grows its presence with the arrival of two ex-Sotheby’s specialists

20 September 2021

After settling in to its new showroom in the West End, Koopman Rare Art has expanded its jewellery department.

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‘Subtle and charming’ Dawson enamel

20 September 2021

The career course of Edith Robinson (1862-1929), a London art teacher and painter of chocolate box watercolours was changed in 1893 when she and her new husband, the Stamford artist Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) attended a series of lectures given by the enameller Alexander Fisher.

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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Many happy returns for Margaret’s birthday gift

20 September 2021

It is difficult to replicate the occasion of a royal themed auction. Ergo not everything that resurfaces on the market from the fabled ‘Princess Margaret’ sale at Christie’s in June 2006 shows a great appreciation in value.

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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain, now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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Four upcoming jewellery highlights including a necklace with a Duke of Wellington provenance

20 September 2021

A selection of four upcoming jewellery lots including a necklace comprising 21 cameos and intaglios previously owned by the Duke of Wellington.

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Six sapphires catching bidders' eyes at auction this summer

20 September 2021

A selection of sapphires that drew interest at auction over the last two months

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‘America’s finest gemstones’ make an appearance at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 September 2021

Sapphire mining at the Yogo Gulch in Montana began in 1895 after a cigar box of pale blue gems picked from a creek by a local rancher found its way to Tiffany’s in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”.

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