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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Leslie Hindman brooch to Georges Braque design

12 November 2018

This 18ct two-colour gold and enamel Hebe brooch to a design by Georges Braque, c.1962, carries an estimate of $2500-3500 at Leslie Hindman’s Important Jewelry sale in Chicago on December 3.

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Diamonds highlight a luxury comeback

12 November 2018

By the 1950s, as the global economic landscape improved, luxury was making a comeback and so too was the prolific use of diamonds in the jewellery of France’s premier ateliers.

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Sensational royal jewels at Sotheby’s

12 November 2018

In the end, it was diamonds, not cake, that triggered the tragic downfall of Marie-Antoinette (1755-93) and her family. Even though the doomed queen was innocent of conspiracy, it was the affair of a diamond necklace that lit the powder-keg of revolution.

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A £1900 diamond in the rough

12 November 2018

An unusual entry to Hansons’ September auction in Teddington, south-west London, was a ‘diamond’ in the rough – an uncut 5ct crystal still in its original carrier stone.

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Medieval brooch at TimeLine

12 November 2018

This well-preserved medieval annular brooch set with cabochon rubies and sapphires is a rare survivor from the 14th century.

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Dix Noonan Webb offers de Temple ring

12 November 2018

From c.1969-75, Charles de Temple (b.1929) – the son of the American film actor Tom Mix – created his series of ‘nervous jewels’, employing prickly cultural designs in two-coloured gold wire. This 18ct gold and beryl dress ring is a good example.

Fellows

Fellows’ hits £1m at Birmingham jewellery sale

09 November 2018

Fellows held its largest auction so far this year with a hammer total reaching £1m at its Antique & Modern Jewellery sale.

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Bulgari and David Webb among sparkling lots at Fellows

08 November 2018

Jewellery fans with a taste for opulence and luxury might want to view Fellows auction of Antique and Modern jewellery today.

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White gloves sale for Shannon jewels at at Woolley & Wallis

05 November 2018

The white-glove sale of the Shannon collection of jewellery at Woolley & Wallis was topped at £22,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) by a gold bracelet by Omar Ramsden.

A bracelet by Giuliano

Hammer highlights: five lots that caught bidders’ eyes this week including a Giuliano bracelet

02 November 2018

ATG’s selection of highlights sold at auction in the last week include a stunning Giuliano bracelet, a picture postcard showing Manchester United’s original ground and rare posters from a music festival in Bath.

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Single-owner sale of jewellery - including more than 100 Georg Jensen items - comes to auction

26 October 2018

A major collection of late 19th and early 20th century jewellery amassed by a Buckinghamshire collector over half a century, comes to auction next week.

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What to see: Five places to view and buy antique jewellery this autumn

08 October 2018

Anyone who counts diamonds among their best friends has plenty to keep them busy this month.

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Four collectables with royal connections up for sale this autumn

04 October 2018

Items with royal connections have extra cache for buyers when it comes to desirability and price. Here are four objects with direct connections to noble owners that are currently for sale across dealerships and auctions.

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Spanish ‘Belle Époque’ royal tiara comes to auction at Bonhams

17 September 2018

A Belle Époque diamond tiara, designed by Spanish royal jeweller Ansorena and owned by a Spanish noblewoman, is to be auctioned at Bonhams later this month.

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Four men arrested on suspicion of £1m antiques burglary at entrepreneur's home

06 September 2018

Detectives investigating the high-value burglary of antiques from the home of British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans and his family in July have arrested four men.

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Wendy Ramshaw showcase at Goldsmiths’ Fair

03 September 2018

An exhibition dedicated to the colourful creations of modern jewellery designer Wendy Ramshaw (b.1939) runs at the Goldsmiths’ Fair in London from September 25-October 7.

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Bissinger gem carving turns heads in Oxford auction

03 September 2018

This agate, enamel and gemset cameo brooch carved with the profile of a classical maiden is signed verso for Georges Bissinger.

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Taking a £3400 bite out of Victorian sentimentalism

03 September 2018

Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901), shed her first baby tooth at the age of seven while the royal family was a guest of the Duke of Abercorn at Ardverikie, by Loch Laggan. Her father Prince Albert tugged the tooth free himself and had it set in gold and enamel as a brooch. The milk tooth formed the blossom of thistle.

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Bidding for a little history

03 September 2018

Forthcoming jewellery auction highlights at home and abroad – from the first ‘smart’ watch to the first female mayor in the British Empire.

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Snake symbol of eternal love warms auctioneer's heart in south London

03 September 2018

Far more fluent in the language of jewellery and stones, the Georgians and Victorians would have immediately made the link between snakes and eternal love. The ouroboros – a serpent swallowing its own tail – was commonly understood as a symbol of eternity.

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