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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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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Ancient and medieval jewels acquired by Gas Board engineer in 1960s shine in Derby auction

03 September 2018

A remarkable collection of early rings was offered by Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Etwall, Derbyshire, this summer.

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Grima spearheads revival of 1960s and 70s designer jewellery

03 September 2018

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain. Now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of 1960s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

Sale season opens in west London and Salisbury

03 September 2018

Ahead of its season-opening September 18 jewellery sale, Chiswick Auctions invited Jessica Diamond, the suitably-named jewellery editor for 'Condé Nast Traveller', to pick her top 10 lots from the catalogue.

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Six of the best from LAPADA fair

03 September 2018

Jewellery is the single biggest element of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair (September 13-19), with 13 specialist dealers and a handful of others who will include items of personal adornment alongside decorative arts or antiquities.

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Swedish jewellery and portrait miniature in Leominster sale

03 September 2018

A demi-parure of mid-18th century Swedish gold jewellery offered by Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium) in Leominster was accompanied by a painted portrait miniature of the original owner wearing the set. The miniature, although uninscribed, was dated 1845.

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Police appeal for help to find stolen Surrey jewellery

23 August 2018

The antiques trade has been asked to look out for a collection of distinctive jewellery that was stolen from a home in Surrey.

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Shannon collection of jewellery comes toWoolley & Wallis auction

13 August 2018

A major collection of late 19th and early 20th century jewellery amassed by a Buckinghamshire collector over half a century will come to auction this autumn.

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Reward offered for return of £1m worth of antiques and jewellery following raid on Gloucestershire home of biotech tycoon

01 August 2018

British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans has offered a “substantial reward” to help recover £1m worth of antiques, jewellery and silver stolen in a raid on his home in Gloucestershire.

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Lord Byron memorial ring fetches £9200 at Yorkshire auction

25 July 2018

A gold and enamel ring made in memory of Lord Byron after his death in 1824 drew solid bidding at Tennants’ latest fine art sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Fellows hires jewellery specialist for London office

23 July 2018

Fellows Auctioneers is continuing its growth in London with the hiring of a jewellery specialist.

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Murphy pendant sparkles in Salisbury

23 July 2018

Chosen as the front-cover illustration to Paul Atterbury and John Benjamin’s 'The Jewellery and Silver of HG Murphy' (2005), this gemset pendant also provided Woolley & Wallis’ latest Jewellery and Watches sale with its showcase lot.

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Personal effects of former King Edward VIII and wife Wallis Simpson head to auction

19 July 2018

A watch, writing set and magnifying glass belonging to the controversial couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the former King Edward VIII and wife Wallis Simpson - will be offered at auction this weekend.

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The nine lives of Cartier’s creative genius

09 July 2018

Legend has it that, while on safari in Africa with her lover and employer Louis Cartier, Jeanne Toussaint spotted a panther and immediately exclaimed: “Onyx, diamonds, emeralds – a brooch!” The Cartier range of feline jewels was born.

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Zimmermann revival

09 July 2018

This Egyptian revival gold, enamel and gem-set collar necklace below established a new record for the jewellery of Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972) at Rago in Lambertville, New Jersey (25% buyer’s premium) on June 10.

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Fresh place to blossom: Precious Flora stands at RHS fair

09 July 2018

Jewellery dealer Cornelia Perquin of Precious Flora is no stranger to antiques fairs, but this month she is branching out. She will be offering her selection of antique and vintage flower jewellery in a slightly different setting: the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plant and Art Fair.

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Wellington’s favourite charger

09 July 2018

A hairwork bracelet offered at auction was inscribed to a gold mount: From the Mane of the Charger Copenhagen which carried the Duke of Wellington 18 successive hours on the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo.

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Exhibition-quality coral

09 July 2018

This red coral necklace had formed part of The International Fisheries Exhibition staged at the Royal Horticultural Society grounds in South Kensington in 1883.

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