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.


Tiffany appeal against eBay ruling in US

18 August 2008

Tiffany & Co have appealed over the ruling that eBay do not have to police their auction site for fakes before they are sold to unwitting buyers.

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Classic Lalique brooch at £58,000

04 August 2008

THIS 2in (5cm) long brooch is textbook Lalique. Fashioned as a cicada, its main constituent is glass set into a gold frame. The insect’s body is formed from pâte de verre and the wings from plique à jour enamel, both favourite Lalique materials.

EBay win landmark case in US

21 July 2008

Ebay have won a landmark judgment in the US federal courts, which effectively protects their position as an independent trading platform.

Jewellery theft similar to those at Hatton Garden

07 July 2008

A DEALER had £50,000 of jewellery stolen when his car was broken into after he returned from a fair in Birmingham. Thieves used the same modus operandi employed in previous thefts at Coinex and in Hatton Garden.

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Louvre acquire ‘withdrawn’ royal French jewel

29 April 2008

The Louvre have secured the return of a French Crown Jewel after 121 years, through a private sale with Christie’s New York.

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A secret sign for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s messenger

18 February 2008

The significance of this unassuming oval cabochon emerald ring, is far greater than first appears.

European dealer to launch Shanghai antiques fair

12 February 2007

BELGIAN art dealer Maximin Berko is the driving force behind the Shanghai Fine Jewellery and Art Fair which will be launched at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from October 13 to 21 this year.

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Served best perfectly rare… at £3600 a portion

27 November 2006

Son of Sir James Thornhill, brother-in-law to William Hogarth and serjeant painter to the King, John Thornhill was also a founder member of the Whig Beefsteak Club.

Gem show

03 October 2006

RECOMMENDED by Fiona Knapp, who has recently designed a range of jewellery for the Biba label, as one of the best places to buy gemstones in London, the quarterly Rock and Gem Show is held at Kempton Park Racecourse with the next scheduled for October 21 and 22.

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Beady eye on the market

25 September 2006

BEAD-collecting tends to fall between jewellery and tribal art and is often overlooked as a collecting area in its own right.

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Huge gems haul at fair

04 September 2006

THIEVES have raided a fair in Belgium and stolen antique jewellery from one of Europe's leading dealers in period jewellery.

Tiffany case could force eBay to vet every sale

14 February 2006

Tiffany the jewellers are suing eBay in a case that challenges the very formula that has made the online giant such a success.

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The extraordinary tale of Grace under pressure

08 November 2005

The cosy Dorset town of Sherborne is not usually associated with bloody revolution and armed struggle, but Sherborne-based Charterhouse Auctioneers have unearthed two items redolent with memories of the American Revolution.

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Handbags at dawn for Hermès fans

05 May 2005

It’s well known that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but handbags surely come a close second. The two combined can be a killer combination.

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Anonymous Deco bracelet is jewellery star

28 April 2005

Twentieth century pieces proved to be the prize jewels at the 450-lot March 16 sale of silver and jewellery held by Leominster auctioneers Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium).

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Why a mighty diamond cut no ice with the Russians in St Moritz

09 March 2005

This year’s jewellery sales in the upscale Swiss winter resort of St Moritz – an annual fixture since 1995 – again fomented plenty of interest among the well-heeled private clientele in town at the height of the skiing season.

Fund of designer silver

18 January 2005

BIDDERS at this week’s sale of the Rowler Collection of Georg Jensen silver at Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York, might be interested to learn that, according to Michael James, founder and director of Jensen specialists The Silver Fund, virtually the entire collection of some 800 pieces was acquired for Rowler by The Silver Fund over the past six years.

Jewellery draws in London trade

11 January 2005

Clarke Gammon Wellers, Guildford, October 26. Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent Although there were few four-figure highlights in this 711-lot outing, the 100-lot jewellery section had just the type of reasonably estimated, privately entered, material to attract dealers from London and the South East who, between them, secured the lion’s share of entries.

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Do buying patterns reflect present conditions?

23 December 2004

Is there a Christmas factor in the auction rooms? Cheffins auctioneer Jonathan Law (Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent) believes that the season may have some effect in putting a little pressure on people to buy rather than wait.

Biennale – £8m gems theft

07 October 2004

TWO diamonds with a reported value of nearly £8m were were stolen from the Chopard stand at the Paris Biennale.

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