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.


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.

Iron age torc

Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries museum welcomes home Wedgwood vase and kicks of fundraising for Iron Age torcs

16 September 2017

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent had a double celebration today when it welcomed home a vase by master potter Josiah Wedgwood and launched a fundraising campaign to buy the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs.

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Brooch with Queen Victoria connections set to glitter in North Yorkshire auction

11 September 2017

This Victorian turquoise and diamond brooch is inscribed verso 'Had Belonged to Dear Grandmamma V. From Mama VR, 14th April 1871'. To Beatrice. It carries an estimate of £3000-5000 at Tennants in Leyburn on November 18.

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Sworders offers Bakelite bangles

11 September 2017

Jewellery designers of the 1930s and '40s were attracted to Bakelite, a plastic resin developed in 1907 for industrial purposes, as it was both hard enough to cut and polish and available in a wide range of colours.

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Pendant marks start of the French Revolution

11 September 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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Pomander petal power at Woolley & Wallis

11 September 2017

This 19th century gold, turquoise and peridot pomander is exceptional both in terms of size and quality.

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Buccellati jewelley on offer with aristocratic provenanace

11 September 2017

Jewels by Buccellati, all from European aristocratic collections, feature in the jewellery auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on October 19.

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Doyle New York goes green to sell Colombian diamonds

11 September 2017

Among the highlights of the sale at Doyle New York on October 18 are two emerald and diamond brooches set with stones that display the prized deep green colour concentration of Colombian emeralds.

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Skinner brings a touch of colour

11 September 2017

The coloured stones market remains strong, so Skinner can expect strong international competition for an antique sapphire pendant brooch (below) in Boston on September 19.

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Jewellery highlights of upcoming fairs

11 September 2017

The first major fairs of the new season are only just around the corner. The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair at Berkeley Square is always strong on antique jewellery, this year (September 15-20) attracting more than a dozen specialist dealers from both London and overseas.

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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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