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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The popular and enduring riviere Georgian style

18 April 2017

The rivière – one of the most popular and enduring styles of necklace to come out of the Georgian period – features an endless line of matched or subtly graduated gems set within inconspicuous collets. However, as Marielle Whiting at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury points out, seldom are they equals.

Napoleon ring sold at Osenat auction

Napoleon’s gold ring given to young love takes €29,000 in Fontainebleau auction

12 April 2017

A gold ring set that was given by the young Napoleon to a youthful love, Caroline du Colombier, sold for a double estimate €29,000 (£25,220) at a recent auction in France.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

05 April 2017

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

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Fettercairn Jewel returns to Scotland

05 April 2017

Enforcing its Scottish significance, a Renaissance gold pendant known as the Fettercairn Jewel has been bought by the National Museums Scotland.

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Victorian gold ring sells in Bristol auction as part of Flog It! visit

15 February 2017

A Bristol filming session for the BBC's TV show Flog It! series saw the multi-estimate sale of this Victorian gold ring.

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Vintage glamour under the hammer at Catherine Southon auction of Dior costume jewellery

10 February 2017

Vintage Dior jewellery regularly takes thousands of pounds at auction, but buyers at an upcoming Catherine Southon sale have the chance to score some classic pieces at three-figure sums.

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Empress of Russia's Fabergé gift to her Yorkshire godchildren comes to auction

09 February 2017

The tragic story of the last of the imperial Russian family does not have an immediately obvious connection with a Yorkshire spa town but it is nonetheless a strong one.

Napoleon ring given to Caroline du Colombier

Napoleon’s object of desire – gold ring given to future Emperor's young love emerges at auction

01 February 2017

A gold ring set with a carved ivory scene given by the young Napoleon Bonaparte to an early love, Caroline du Colombier, is coming up for auction in Fontainebleau, France next month.

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Jewellery dealer SJ Phillips to make Mayfair’s Bruton Street its new home

17 January 2017

Antique jewellery dealer SJ Phillips is moving out of Bond Street next month to a second floor of Bruton Street in Mayfair.

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Surrey Police call on antiques trade to help track down stolen Victorian ring

10 January 2017

Police are appealing to the antiques trade to look out for a rose gold Victorian ring that was among a collection of jewellery stolen from a home in Godalming, Surrey.

Australian gold rush era bracelet

Review of the Year 2016 - Picks of the Year

29 December 2016

Here are five of ATG's ‘best of the best’ picks of the week from 2016 – all remarkable both for their price and the stories they tell.

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Christie’s France turns hand to retail with Christmas pop-up shop

12 December 2016

If a Chanel snow globe, a Fabergé bracelet or a blue table by Yves Klein are on the list for Father Christmas this year then head to Christie’s Paris showroom this weekend.

Gold torc

Museums offered chance to buy metal detectorist’s Bronze Age gold torc

29 November 2016

A 3000-year old torc found in a field in east Cambridgeshire is one of the largest and heaviest to be unearthed in the UK.

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Dealers Wartski buy metal detectorist’s medieval ring

17 October 2016

This late medieval marriage ring, unearthed by a metal detectorist last year in North Yorkshire, has been sold to London dealers Wartski for a five-figure sum after a private deal was negotiated by independent valuer Mark Littler.

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Russian diamond necklaces with Imperial connections given $10m pitch

11 October 2016

Two Russian diamond necklaces, with links to Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva next month with a $10m estimate.

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The Australian gold rush of 2016 – bracelet takes £57,000 in Chorley’s auction

30 September 2016

A remarkable Australian gold rush era bracelet was sold by Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey Park earlier this month for £57,000. The buyer was an Australian private collector.

Amber bead necklace at Fellows auction

Amber necklaces take top spot at Birmingham auction

08 September 2016

Buyers at a recent Fellows auction in Birmingham showed the strength in the market for amber.

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Historic Bolton jeweller to shift all stock before closing doors

08 September 2016

A historic jewellers in Bolton is in the process of closing after reporting that the decline of the high street and the rise of the internet made trading impossible for them.

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‘Outsourcing’ of hallmarks: the trade view

02 September 2016

Opposition to the ‘outsourcing’ of UK hallmarks overseas is gathering momentum in the trade. Campaigners say the use of British hallmarks in India threatens a 700-year-old system for stamping precious metals.

Queen Victoria coronet designed by Prince Albert

Export bar for Queen Victoria’s coronet sold by London dealer

30 August 2016

A temporary export bar has been placed on the coronet designed for Queen Victoria by her husband Prince Albert, giving UK buyers an opportunity to raise the £5m (plus £1m VAT) asking price to keep it in the country.

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