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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When two into one does go

11 November 2019

Of the more than 200 jewellery lots for sale at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on October 26, a 15ct gold double bracelet (below) displaying Victorian engineering ingenuity was among the most contested.

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The cutting edge of fashion

11 November 2019

Out of favour for a generation, grand tour and ancient intaglios and cameos are enjoying a return to form.

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A double helping of imperial jewels

11 November 2019

Jewellery owned by Marie Valerie Hapsburg, the favourite daughter of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, will be auctioned by Dorotheum in Vienna on November 27.

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Mappin’s entry to Modern Jewellery

11 November 2019

A letter accompanying this gold, diamond and fire opal brooch, formed as a columbine, below, confirms it was part of the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery held at The Goldsmiths Hall, London, in 1961.

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Brooch the topic with Supreme Court approval

11 November 2019

A welcome trend in the jewellery market has been the resurgence of the brooch. In October, when Baroness Brenda Hales gave her verdict on Boris Johnson’s ‘illegal’ prorogation of Parliament, what many social media users really wanted to know was ‘where did she get that spider brooch?’

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Shedding daylight on Art Nouveau

11 November 2019

The November 18 sale titled California Jewelry held by Doyle New York on the West Coast includes a group of French Art Nouveau pieces described as ‘Property from an Important Jewel Collector’. Several display the plique-à-jour (‘letting in daylight’) enamelling technique revived in the late 19th century.

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A very Victorian scandal

11 November 2019

This early-Victorian bracelet comprising eight portrait miniatures and four unusual eye miniatures set in gold is inscribed on the back with a series of identifying names, including that of Josias Nottidge, the children’s father, and his wife Emily. It tells the story of a Victorian scandal.

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John Benjamin on his long career

11 November 2019

John Benjamin began his career as a 17-year-old assistant working at Cameo Corner, the Bloomsbury antique jewellery shop founded by Moshe Oved in 1914. “In those far-off days of the early 1970s goods were abundant and prices infinitely affordable. Museum Street was the ideal location for a keen young man to learn all about the antique jewellery business and I absorbed it like a sponge.”

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Look to design sales for jewellery delights

11 November 2019

Some of the most striking 19th-20th century jewellery can often be found in design sales.

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Jewellery discovered next to joint of meat in a freezer to be offered at Wiltshire auction

04 November 2019

Local home which provided £300,000 still-life serves up more surprises

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Tiffany designer Angela Cummings jewellery showcase

28 October 2019

Jewellery designer Angela Cummings started a long career at Tiffany & Co aged 23, and eight years later, in 1975, created her first full collection under her own name.

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Moshe Oved silver ring, rare British petrol pump globe and William Gladstone’s grandfather clock – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

25 October 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a silver ring by Moshe Oved that made 70-times estimate, a rare British petrol pump globe that doubled predictions and a longcase clock believed to have been owned by former British Prime Minister William Gladstone that chimed with bidders.

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Trade asked to help track down stolen jewellery from London home

22 October 2019

A collection of jewellery has been stolen from a London home and the family who owns them is hoping a member of the trade may spot one of the items if they are offered to them.

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Art Deco emerald brooch takes £120,000 at Bonhams

30 September 2019

Sold at Bonhams last week, the emerald in this Art Deco brooch is a clue to the remarkable life of its one-time owner Lady Hood.

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Jewellery: How the circles of life affect values at auction

30 September 2019

A poignant background story or strong suggestion of original ownership greatly adds to the appeal of early jewellery finds often unearthed by metal detectors

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Glyphic arts return to the cutting edge

30 September 2019

Interest in glyphic art, which reached its collecting apogee during the Grand Tour collecting, is resurgent once more.

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Zucker’s diamonds across the ages

30 September 2019

Pictured here is a Renaissance ring set with five point-cut diamonds – typical of the most opulent jewels produced in 16th century Venice. It forms part of the 35-piece private collection of precious stone dealer Benjamin Zucker that will be offered for sale at Les Enluminures in New York from October 24-November 9.

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The four ‘Cs’ – and the right location

30 September 2019

Coloured diamonds aside, rubies command higher prices per carat than any other gemstone. Graded using the traditional criteria of the four Cs (colour, cut, clarity and carat weight), they are also evaluated on the basis of geographic origin with the stones from Burma commanding the most interest.

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Arts & Crafts necklace in Shrewsbury

30 September 2019

This Arts & Crafts-style necklace, alternating moonstone and chalcedony cabochons set in scrolling silver mounts, is the unmistakable work of the London jeweller Sybil Dunlop (1889-1968).

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Russian rarities from the McGills of Moscow bring interest at Gildings

30 September 2019

A sale at Gildings in Market Harborough this month included 10 lots from the family of Albert and Nora McGill – influential industrialists credited with a key role in the founding of Russia’s cotton mill industry in the mid-19th century.

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