An Art Nouveau ring by Henri Dubret is among five lots to watch

19 February 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


The draw of a great sapphire and a great atelier

20 November 2023

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.


The second sleeper in Colchester: an intaglio ring emerges at auction

04 September 2023

The north European Mannerist bronze sold for £550,000 against a guide of £250-350 was not the only spectacular sleeper in the August 8 sale at Reeman Dansie (22.5% buyer’s premium).


Metal detectorist discoveries continue to appeal at auction

04 September 2023

Metal detectorists continue to be the best supply of ancient and medieval jewels onto the market.


Ring of ‘Mr Show Business’ shines at Birmingham auction

04 September 2023

A favourite ring of Sammy Davis Jr sold at Fellows (25% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham on August 24.


Heavenly delights from Chameroy at Salisbury sale

04 September 2023

The precursor to the Woolley & Wallis Fine Jewellery sale on October 25 is a single-owner catalogue devoted to the collection of Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020).


Gold ring unearthed at former abbey site

10 July 2023

This 15th century gold ring, set with a rhomb-shaped table-cut sapphire, is engraved with lilies and other flowers issuing from a crescent bowl.


Jewellery dealer targeted at Kingston antiques market

29 June 2023

A jewellery dealer lost a significant amount of stock from her stall at Ancient Market Place, Kingston after thieves used diversionary tactics.

Gold sapphire ring

15th century sapphire ring found by metal detectorist stars in our pick of five auction highlights

23 June 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 15th century gold and sapphire ring unearthed near a medieval nunnery that more than doubled its estimate.


Symbol of a Victorian secret society emerges at Norfolk auction

05 June 2023

Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas were probably members. So too Charles Robert Ashbee.

Microphotography ring

View jewellery with a new perspective: microphotography ring dazzles at auction

05 June 2023

This 18ct gold ring demonstrating French portrait photographer René Dagron’s (1819-1900) invention of microphotography quadrupled its estimate at Bonhams in Paris.


Representative of heavenly virtue

05 June 2023

This 15th century ring, set with a rhomb-shaped table-cut sapphire, is engraved with lilies and other flowers issuing from a crescent bowl.


Jewellery given ‘by Edward to Wallis’

01 May 2023

A 1920s-30s platinum and 18ct gold french diamond and emerald bracelet and a ring said to have been given by Edward VIII to Wallis Simpson sold for £42,000 (guide £25,000-35,000).

Intaglio ring

Pick of the week: Ring that took £90,000 could be one of lost Marlborough gems

24 April 2023

A garnet intaglio ring was bid to 450-times estimate at an auction in Birmingham after speculation that it could be one of the ‘lost’ Marlborough gems.


Blue is the colour, natural is the game

13 March 2023

Myanmar (Burmese) sapphires, renowned for a deep blue colour, are highly prized for reasons of scarcity, quality and history


Romantic ring that is ‘so much more than the sum of its parts’

13 March 2023

A hugely romantic 18th century enamel, ruby and diamond ring sold for £16,000 at Woolley & Wallis (£25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on February 1-2.


Mourning rings: Remembered in gold and enamel

13 March 2023

A collection of Georgian gold and enamel mourning rings with aristocratic pedigrees comes for sale at Woolley & Wallis on April 20.


Signet rings receive seal of approval

13 March 2023

For many years signet rings served a very practical as well as a decorative and symbolic function.

Momento mori signet ring

Stuart period signet ring stars in our pick of five auction highlights

24 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 17th century gold signet ring that more than doubled its estimate in Essex.


Bidders show faith in Brook’s symbol of love

09 January 2023

Discovered by a metal detectorist on Dorset land once owned by Sir Thomas Brook, the late 14th century diamond set gold love ring captured hearts and international interest at Noonans’ (24% buyer’s premium) Mayfair rooms.