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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Jensen jewellery shines in Boston

18 September 2014

This silver and labradorite floral necklace designed by Georg Jensen c.1915 sold for $17,000 (£10,970) at a recent auction held by Skinner of Boston.

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Landmark sale of cameos as Ceres collection comes to auction

11 September 2014

Bonhams of Bond Street are to sell what is perhaps the most significant collection of cameos and intaglios seen on the market for decades.

Pearls pack £110,000 punch

30 June 2014

Martel Maides of St Peter Port, Guernsey offered a single-strand pearl necklace for sale with a £1500-2000 estimate on the assumption they were natural saltwater pearls – the highest bidder reserving the right to send them for laboratory testing prior to settling the bill.

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Recalling Belperron’s wartime travails as single-owner collection sells out

27 June 2014

Despite countless offers to leave France, Suzanne Belperron (1900-83) remained in German-occupied Paris throughout the Second World War – a jewellery maker and a Resistance fighter.

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Sale focus on family fortunes

06 June 2014

Was this the ring of the Tiger of Mysore, taken from his body when he was killed in battle?

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Auction record for natural saltwater pearls shows strength of gems market

02 May 2014

The run on pearls continues with two spectacular prices paid for exceptional natural saltwater gems at auctions on either side of the Atlantic this week.

Sotheby’s forced to buy back $83m pink diamond

24 March 2014

Sotheby’s have had to buy back the 59.60 carat flawless fancy vivid pink diamond they sold in Geneva last November for a world record $83m.

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Salisbury Museum declare bid for newly discovered Bronze Age hoard

20 March 2014

Salisbury Museum is hoping to host a remarkable hoard of Bronze Age jewellery in a new gallery set to open this summer.

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Art Deco brooch – ‘all good’

30 January 2014

This Art Deco 18ct gold Egyptian Revival gem-set winged scarab brooch with rose-cut diamonds will appear in the Antique & Modern Jewellery sale being held by Fellows of Birmingham.

Asian art and jewellery help boost totals as provincial auctioneers report an upturn

14 January 2014

Optimism permeated the UK’s regional auction market across much of the last year.

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French Art Deco brooch takes £22,000 in Lymington

06 January 2014

The annual Christmas Present sale held by George Kidner at their saleroom in Lymington included this French Art Deco ruby and diamond-set brooch or jabot pin.

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The £190,000 Victorian diamond necklace

23 December 2013

A Victorian diamond rivière necklace sold to an anonymous bidder for £190,000 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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A gift from a doomed Duke

28 November 2013

This cased Austro-Hungarian gold and enamel brooch/pendant with a diamond-set monogram and coronet was the gift of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Mary Marshall, the head housekeeper at Welbeck Abbey, country residence of the Dukes of Portland, from the 1890s until her retirement in 1923.

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Victorian jewellery from the family of William Holman Hunt excels at Knightsbridge sale

28 November 2013

When, in 1854, William Holman Hunt decided to leave England to further his religious painting in Syria, John Everett Millais was distraught at the prospect of losing the only friend he entirely trusted.

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Jane Austen gold ring to stay in the UK

04 October 2013

The Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton in Hampshire has raised the £150,000 needed to keep a gold turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen in the country.

Jane Austen ring donation

19 August 2013

An appeal to keep in the UK a ring once owned by Jane Austen received an anonymous £100,000 donation just days after it was launched.

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Kelly Clarkson banned from taking Jane Austen’s ring out of Britain

02 August 2013

The British government has placed a temporary export bar on a rare piece of jewellery that belonged to Jane Austen.

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Salvador Dalí brooch fetches £75,000 at auction

29 July 2013

At Dreweatts’ first stand-alone sale of jewellery in London this version of Salvador Dalí’s ‘The Eye Of Time’ (El Ojo Del Tempo) brooch sold for £75,000.

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The £11,500 amber beads

09 May 2013

Pearls and coloured stones remain strong – but, fuelled by interest from China (and, to a lesser, extent, the Middle East), so does amber.

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International bidders compete for pearls and coloured stones

07 May 2013

A single pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, a maharaja’s coat richly embroidered with pearls c.1870, and a necklace of cultured pearls given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954 – all part of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum this autumn.

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