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 hammer highlights including Chaumet brooch in Shropshire

23 April 2018

A selection of glittering items on offer in English auctions.

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Louis Osman the man of the moon

23 April 2018

Creative flair combined with a maverick approach to metalwork set Louis Osman (1914-96) apart from other British designers of the post-war era.

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Kutchinsky colour shines through

23 April 2018

Characterised by high-quality craftsmanship, a bold use of colour plus a love of whimsy, the menagerie of gem-set or enamel animal designs are particularly recognisable as signature Kutchinsky pieces.

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Photogenic gems including Julia Margaret Cameron link

23 April 2018

An old photo of a former owner and a memorial inscription will seldom add commercial value to a Victorian locket. However, the example by the Phillips Brothers of Cockspur Street offered by Mallams (20% buyer’s premium) in Oxford on March 21 carried the inscription 'Julia Hay Norman, Died 3rd October 1873'.

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A taste of cool Britannia in NYC

23 April 2018

“They were as bold, diverse, and brave as René Lalique and his peers had been in the 1900s, bucking convention and tradition to change the landscape of British jewellery.”

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Naming names, Scandinavian style

23 April 2018

Unlike other European jewellers, where designers and makers were often shrouded in anonymity, the Georg Jensen Co promoted its craftspeople and encouraged them to become names in their own right.

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Historic blue diamond to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Geneva

22 March 2018

A historic diamond will appear on the market for the first time in history this spring, having remained in the same family for over three centuries.

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René Boivin Starfish brooch doubles estimate at Paris jewellery auction

21 February 2018

A ruby and amethyst set Starfish brooch, one of the signature designs from the French jewellery house René Boivin, was the toast of the jewellery sale held by French auction firm Chayette et Cheval in Paris.

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Joanna Hardy launches her online jewellery course for budding antique jewellery fans - Video

09 February 2018

Jewellery expert, consultant and BBC’s Antiques Roadshow regular Joanna Hardy has launched the first online foundation course in jewellery.

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René Boivin Starfish brooch leads jewellery highlights at Paris auction

08 February 2018

An ensemble of six pieces by the famous French jewellery house René Boivin is to be offered at auction in Paris by Chayette & Cheval.

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Four police forces team up to hunt criminal dubbed the ‘Night Watcher’ after more than £1m of antiques and jewellery stolen

06 February 2018

Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Thames Valley police are searching for information to catch the criminal who committed seven violent burglaries from Home Counties mansions in recent months.

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Gold ring found near minster sells at Hansons

05 February 2018

An iconographic gold ring – perhaps once belonging to a bishop or senior member of the clergy in the Yorkshire area – sold for £7100 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Etwall, Derbyshire.

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Great Grantham selection of Victorian jewellery

05 February 2018

A set of five Victorian diamond six-point star brooches sold for £26,000 at Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) on January 24. As each star has a hook fitting and a screw fitting for attachment, the set was probably once part of a suite consisting of frames for a tiara, necklace, earrings and brooches.

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Tiffany cat and mouse chased at Roseberys auction

05 February 2018

The December 6 jewellery sale at Roseberys (23% buyer’s premium) was the maiden auction for new head of department Mark Bowis.

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Designer Wendy Ramshaw's work re-emerges on the market

05 February 2018

Contemporary jewellery designer Wendy Ramshaw’s earlier work, including her signature ring stacks first made in 1967, is coming back onto the market.

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Joanna Hardy discovers Bond Street jeweller Hennell's archive

05 February 2018

Jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy is usually found in glamorous locations.

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Kutchinsky's post-war designs that hailed the return of luxury goods

05 February 2018

The history of the Kutchinsky jewellery brand dates back to 1893 – the year Hirsch Kutchinsky and son Morris arrived in the East End of London, having fled Poland.

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Unexpected discovery of Duke of Wellington coronet and more auction previews

05 February 2018

A selection of jewellery and watch previews from around the salerooms, including the recent discovery of an intriguing coronet at Dix Noonan Webb...

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Far Eastern demand helps tiaras to shine

05 February 2018

Deemed a little ostentatious in some Western circles, tiaras remain popular with the so-called ‘new’ markets.

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Treasures from safe deposit box sold at Lawrences' auction

05 February 2018

The closing nine lots in Lawrences’ January 18 sale were consigned by a lady in Somerset. They had belonged to her mother and grandmother and had been kept in a safe deposit box in the bank for about the last 30 years.

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