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.


Final flowering for Garden Museum

03 July 2017

The collection of Tiffany jewels offered by Christie’s New York (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on June 20 was the finest at auction in recent memory.


Get ahead in the East with a tiara

03 July 2017

Tiaras have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, particularly in Russia and the Baltic States where jeans and a diamond fascinator are de rigueur at informal high-society events.


A cluster of Nossiter results

03 July 2017

Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale in Knightsbridge on June 14 included a group of pieces attributed to the British Arts & Crafts jeweller and designer Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977).


Telling tales from Farouk to Thatcher

03 July 2017

Stealing all the headlines at Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewels sale in London on June 7 was the £540,000, 26ct ’tenner’ diamond, bought by the vendor at a boot fair in the 1980s. However, among the 370 lots were items with more illustrious provenances.

Berkeley Square Gin cocktails

Cocktails and collectors: LAPADA and Killik & Co host antique jewellery event in Mayfair

16 June 2017

Gin, jewels and gems were the order of the night at the first Killik & Co and LAPADA event this week.


A £10 car boot sale diamond ring sells for more than half a million pounds

08 June 2017

A ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 in the 1980s was hammered down at £540,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

Louis XVI commode

Lady Spencer’s collection to be sold at Christie’s auction

06 June 2017

Princess Diana’s stepmother, Chatelaine of Althorp, Dame Barbara Cartland’s daughter, or Acid Raine. The late Countess Spencer had a number of labels and, according to the Telegraph, she “seldom left anyone indifferent”.


Shopping for jewellery and silver

30 May 2017

Jewellery and silver items on offer in London this summer from auction houses and dealers.

Hay Festival

Secrets of Koh-i Noor diamond to be revealed at Hay Festival in Wales

25 May 2017

The mysterious history of the Koh-i Noor diamond will be revealed during the Hay Festival by authors of a new book.


Amber continues to shine in the saleroom

23 May 2017

The price of amber necklaces soared in 2013 and top prices are still being achieved at auction, often valuing the natural untreated beads at twice that of 24ct gold.


Car boot sale £10 diamond ring could fetch £350,000 at auction

22 May 2017

A ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 in the 1980s has been estimated at £250,000-350,000 and is heading to a Sotheby’s auction.

Ian Butchoff

Butchoff Antiques teams up with fellow dealers to host evening exhibition of Indian artworks

19 May 2017

Kensington Church Street dealer Butchoff Antiques hosted an exhibition of Indian artworks to celebrate the UK India Year of Culture, which was launched by The British Council and the Indian High Commission earlier this year.


Gangsters and outlaws feature in Boston auction

15 May 2017

A snake ring made by Clyde for Bonnie heads RR Auctions' memorabilia sale on June 22

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Diamond cluster rings with Kashmir sapphires offered at Milan jewellery auction

08 May 2017

The jewellery sale at Il Ponte in Milan on May 17-18 will include items with provenance to a number of Italian aristocratic families.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.


Cummings craftwork at Tiffany

18 April 2017

This Tiffany gold necklace and earclip suite composed of textured rose petal links by Angela Cummings (c.1944) sold for £10,200 at Bonhams Knightsbridge (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on March 15.


‘Good forms and good work’ at Messrs Phillips

18 April 2017

In the chapter titled ‘Modern Jewellery’ in her taste-making book, The Art of Beauty (1878), English writer Mary Eliza Haweis references the “artistic appreciation of good forms and good work” she found at Messrs Phillips of Cockspur Street.


The spoils of many Ganna Walska marriages

18 April 2017

A late 19th century/early 20th century ruby cameo and baroque pearl pendant once formed part of the celebrated jewellery collection assembled by Ganna Walska (1887-1984). It sold for a multi-estimate £55,000 at Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale of fine jewels in Bond Street on March 22.


Jewellery shines in Oxford and Essex auctions

18 April 2017

An Edwardian emerald, pearl and diamond pendant by Carrington & Co, London sold for £24,500 (estimate £6000-10,000) to an online bidder at Stacey’s (20% buyer’s premium) in Rayleigh on March 20. The central heart-shaped old-cut stone weighs 3.5cts and was given a colour grade of K/L and a VS clarity.


Giuliano revival at auction in London and Darlington

18 April 2017

A textbook Renaissance style jewel by Carlo Giuliano (1831-95) led a strong jewellery offering at Thomas Watson (24% buyer’s premium) in Darlington on March 21.