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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What to wear at Fellows

17 August 2020

Alongside an extensive range of more conventional auction catalogue shots, Fellows has (since July 2019) been picturing every one of its fine jewellery lots being worn.

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Antique pieces dominate at Woolley & Wallis even as bidders move online

17 August 2020

Circumstances are quickly changing the way items are bought and sold at auction – but the first principles of quality, keen pricing and provenance still apply.

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Sapphire brooch brings phone bids aplenty at Lawrences

17 August 2020

Sapphires come in a range of hues from colourless to blue. The ‘fancy’ canary yellow stones, caused by trace amounts of iron, are particularly desirable - the best found in Sri Lanka.

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Wièse’s Renaissance revival brooch sells at Elmwood’s

17 August 2020

This brooch – an agate cameo in a diamond and enamel surround – has French assay marks for the Berlin-born, Paris-based historicist jeweller Jules Wièse (1818-90).

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Open for business: Five pieces of period jewellery offered by dealers

17 August 2020

Most antique shops, centres and galleries, closed between March and June, are now open once more and are eager to make up for lost business. Pictured here is a selection of fine pieces of period jewellery for sale today.

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Once bitten: snake necklace brings demand at Chiswick Auctions

17 August 2020

Far more fluent in the language of jewellery and stones, the Georgians and the Victorians would immediately have made the link between snakes and eternal love.

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Locket from the Pocket Venus makes £2800 in Colchester

17 August 2020

This 19th century gold diamond, pearl and blue enamel locket and necklace, sold by Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) in Colchester on August 11 for £2800, came with a little Hollywood stardust.

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Art Deco bracelet features in bountiful two-day sale in Maine

17 August 2020

The jewellery section of the two-day Summer’s Bounty auction to be held by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on August 29-30 includes a number of pieces from estate of Rosemarie Wolfe of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Palm Beach, Florida.

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Brisbane priest's intaglio seal proves a cut above the rest at Bonhams

17 August 2020

The highlight of Bonhams Australia’s (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) latest Jewels sale was this agate intaglio seal from the collection of Brisbane Catholic priest Father Peter Grice (1943-2019).

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Modernist jeweller makes his Marx at Philadelphia auction

17 August 2020

A collection of over 30 pieces by the Brazilian modernist jeweller Haroldo Burle Marx will be a focus of the August 20 Boutique Jewels auction to be held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia.

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Parmentier’s palm brooch sells at London auction

17 August 2020

Pictured here is a ‘palm’ brooch by the post-war Rue de la Paix jeweller Jean Parmentier.

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London bracelet surfaces in Sydney

17 August 2020

One of the highlights of Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction in Sydney on August 26 is this Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet dated to c.1930 fashioned as an articulated line of geometric links of carré, baguette and circular cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 33cts.

Necklace owned by Mildred Shay

Necklace with Hollywood stardust features in our pick of five auction highlights this week

14 August 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a gold, diamond and pearl necklace owned by the 1930s American film actress Mildred Shay.

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Lalique Art Nouveau jewellery turns heads at Drouot

10 August 2020

An ensemble of jewellery by René Lalique was on offer in a Decorative Arts sale held by Tessier & Sarrou (28% buyer’s premium) at Drouot. All the pieces were signed examples of his distinctive Art Nouveau style and inventive use of non-precious materials.

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Single-owner Eisenberg collection comes to Indianapolis auction

03 August 2020

On September 12 Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis is selling a single-owner collection of costume jewellery and accessories from the American design firm Eisenberg that has been formed by the antiques dealer and collector Sharon Schwartz.

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Elmwood’s opens Notting Hill office

06 July 2020

Jewellery auction house Elmwood’s has opened a new office in London and hired two new staff as business begins to return to normal after the lockdown.

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Appeal to help find stolen wedding ring of elderly care home resident

02 July 2020

The family of an elderly lady in a care home in north London is hoping the antiques and jewellery trade may spot three rings that have been stolen.

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Art Nouveau jewellery shines across the globe

29 June 2020

The medium of jewellery provided perhaps the greatest canvas for the new international style that flowed through the decorative arts around the turn of the 20th century.

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Jewellery: Designs evoking the new expression of the early 20th century

29 June 2020

Jewellery provided one of the great expressions of the Art Nouveau style. Here ATG reports on four exceptional items made in four different countries in the early years of the 20th century

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Sarah Bernhardt: jewels from the first global celebrity, quand même

29 June 2020

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) – the first actress to achieve worldwide celebrity – continues to command attention as her work on stage and screen fades into the distant past.

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