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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How Grima set Jermyn Street swinging in the Sixties

11 September 2017

Something shocking happened on Jermyn Street in 1966. Among the more conservative of London shopping districts – the place for a badger-hair shaving brush or a decent pair of sheepskin slippers – at a stroke it became cool. The charismatic Italian émigré Andrew Grima (1921-2007) had opened a jewellery emporium.

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

11 September 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Setting provides period drama

11 September 2017

A 19th century topaz pendant with cushion-shaped diamond accents raced to £9000 at Mallams’ Silver & Jewellery sale in Oxford on August 23.

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Butterflies on a high in Birmingham auction

11 September 2017

The sale at Fellows (23/15% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham on July 31 included this Arts & Crafts pendant designed by Charles Robert Ashbee (1862-1942).

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From Albert to Victoria with love – a royal jewel saved for the nation

04 September 2017

A sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1840 has been ’saved for the nation’ after its purchase for the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Queen Victoria's coronet

Queen Victoria’s coronet to remain in UK after V&A Museum acquisition

29 August 2017

A sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria has been acquired by the V&A Museum. It was previously sold by a London dealer to an overseas buyer but was blocked from export by the government in 2015.

Grand Tour Necklace

19th century ‘Grand Tour’ necklace with Roman intaglios emerges at Cheshire auction

29 August 2017

A fine example of Grand Tour jewellery comes up for sale at Peter Wilson of Nantwich this month.

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Medieval brooch is much loved by bidders at Hansons auction

28 August 2017

Seven phone bidders competed for this 15th century gold heart-shaped brooch, a medieval gift of love from the time of the Wars of the Roses, at Hansons in Derbyshire.

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Grand Tour jewellery takes a trip to auction in Nantwich

23 August 2017

A fine example of Grand Tour jewellery comes up for sale at Peter Wilson of Nantwich on September 13.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 August 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Core Arts & Crafts collection stolen

07 August 2017

Thieves in Chipping Campden have struck at the core of the Court Barn Museum’s collection of Arts & Crafts silver and jewellery.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 July 2017

Possibly made for a member of the French monarchy, this post-medieval gold ring combines the heraldic fleur-de-lis motif with blue kite-shaped sapphires.

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5 Questions: Charlotte Roper of Plaza Jewellery

17 July 2017

Charlotte Roper – “strictly a champagne girl” – started Plaza Jewellery in the mid 1980s. She specialises in French and European jewellery with a particular focus on pieces from the 1940s-‘60s. Her upcoming fairs include the Cotswolds Decorative Fair.

Masterpiece

Police investigating £3m jewellery theft from art fair Masterpiece London

07 July 2017

The Metropolitan Police are investigating claims of a £3m theft from art fair Masterpiece London.

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Diamond locket given to George IV's true love shines at Christie’s auction

07 July 2017

A locket given to George IV’s true love was hammered down at £280,000 yesterday at Christie’s, more than doubling its high estimate.

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Love detected in the East Riding

03 July 2017

This medieval gold posy ring with a Lombardic inscription is a type that was common in England and France in the 13th and early 14th centuries. After around 1350, Gothic script became popular.

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Jewellery auction previews

03 July 2017

A selection of stand-out jewellery lots from regional auctions.

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Focus on contemporary designers at auction

03 July 2017

For previous generations of artist jewellers, from René Lalique to Andrew Grima, retail sales and private commissions were everything. Typically it was only much later in the collecting lifecycle, after a period of posthumous reassessment and rediscovery, that their work appeared at auction with any great regularity.

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Giuliano and the Indian influence

03 July 2017

Indian design was a prolific influence in Carlo Giuliano’s style. Already seen at the 1851 Great Exhibition, interest in technicolour jewellery from the sub-continent rose to new levels when Victoria became Empress of India in 1876.

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Agate’s growing appeal

03 July 2017

Dendritic agate – a pale chalcedony with treelike inclusions caused by traces of iron or manganese – is a relatively lowly stone but was a favourite of Russian jewellers in particular. Carl Fabergé used it in many pieces in a country where it is considered a stone of longevity, good health and prosperity.

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