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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Mixing portraits and jewellery is the fashion

04 December 2017

For its 'London Art Week Winter' exhibition, The Weiss Gallery pairs historic painting with contemporary accessories and miniatures.

Ruby book launch

Six snaps from the launch of Joanna Hardy’s book on rubies

30 November 2017

A new book by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy was launched this week at Somerset House.

Nelson ring

Gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s Band of Brothers’ goes to auction

24 November 2017

A gold memorial ring made for one of Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’ - and containing a lock of the Admiral’s hair - is to be sold at Duke’s of Dorchester on December 7.

Gold leaf

Gold leaf cut from Napoleon’s laurel crown shines at Fontainebleau auction

21 November 2017

A leaf that was once part of the famous laurel crown made for Napoleon for his coronation in 1804 has been sold in France for a hammer price of €500,000 (£443,193).

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Mourning jewellery makes sales to remember

20 November 2017

Anita (1930-2015) and Irvin Garfield Schorsch (1927-2014) were not typical Americana collectors.

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A selection of real gems

20 November 2017

A round-up of recent auction highlights from Anglo-Saxon treasure to a magnificent man in his flying machine.

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Pendant marks brief calm before revolutionary storm

20 November 2017

In May 1789, as the political and financial situation in France grew ever bleaker, Louis XVI was forced to summon the three estates – the clergy, nobility and commoners – who had the power to levy taxes and implement reform.

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Trio of jewellery auction previews

20 November 2017

A selection of stand-out lots from auctions in west London, Mayfair and Gloucestershire.

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Jewels of the real-life Lady Chatterley

20 November 2017

Twelve items of jewellery belonging to Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) – the woman who inspired the DH Lawrence character Lady Chatterley – contributed more than £15,000 to the sale conducted by Woolley & Wallis on October 26.

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Get Cartier and a diamond pleaser

20 November 2017

Mallams in Oxford posted a house record for jewellery on November 15 when a pair of Cartier earrings sold to one of 12 international phone bidders for £72,000 (plus premium).

Graff Diamond

Yellow diamond could be record-setter for Fellows Auctioneers

17 November 2017

A yellow Graff Diamonds ring is estimated to take as much as £1.4m at an upcoming auction in Birmingham.

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Information sought on diamond ring and message found in chest at Shepton Mallet fair

06 November 2017

A heartbreaking letter dated March 1916 enclosing a diamond ring found by a dealer in a Victorian chest of drawers he bought at a recent IACF Shepton Mallet fair has sparked an intriguing search.

Napoléon gold leaf

Gold leaf from Napoléon’s laurel crown to be auctioned in Fontainebleau

30 October 2017

It weighs just 10gms and measures only 4in (9cm) in length, but this gold laurel leaf is heavy with historical associations.

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5 Questions: Cornelia Perquin of Precious Flora

30 October 2017

Cornelia Perquin of Precious Flora deals in floral vintage and antique jewellery. She stands at art and antique shows as well as floral events. Her next event is the 'Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia'.

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Glasgow Gals rival the boys when it comes to jewellery

30 October 2017

In fine art, the ‘Glasgow Boys’ group of artists are famed. In the contemporary jewellery scene, the ‘Glasgow Gals’ are now in the spotlight.

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Pick of the Week: Ottoman beads beat ‘Bakelite’ pitch but no Turkish bid delight

23 October 2017

The presence of two Turkish gentlemen at the Objects of Desire sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 18 had raised a few eyebrows – if only because they appeared singularly disinterested in the contents of this ‘handbags and gladrags’ sale.

Re-Memories Antiques

Police appeal for witnesses after 2000 pieces of silver stolen from Kent antiques dealer

29 September 2017

An antiques dealer and Kent Police are calling on the trade to be aware of stolen silver items from a shop in Tenterden in Kent.

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Pick of the Week: Jewels fit for a cultured gent

25 September 2017

This late 19th century necklace offered by Peter Wilson's latest sale in Nantwich is a spectacular example of Grand Tour jewellery. Most Georgian or Victorian gentlemen keen to display an appreciation of classical art were satisfied to purchase just one or two hardstone intaglios as a souvenir.

Ruby necklace

Jewellery dealer SJ Phillips to offer collection at Sotheby’s after downsizing London home

21 September 2017

Jewellery dealer SJ Phillips is to sell a selection of its wares at a Sotheby’s auction after it downsized to new premises in Mayfair earlier this year.

Jewellery

Wine and jewellery among best performing assets in latest luxury investment index

20 September 2017

Wine, jewellery, watches and coins are the best performing luxury assets over the past year according to the latest update from a luxury investment index.

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