Pearls and coloured stones remain strong – but, fuelled by interest from China (and, to a lesser, extent, the Middle East), so does amber.
Continuing a run of eye-popping
results recorded by
Lawrences of Crewkerne in recent sales, the Somerset firm sold
a 40-bead necklace for £11,500 on April 25.
Double the estimate, it was an extraordinary
price but was an exceptional geological specimen: each of the beads
(from the La Toca mine in the Dominican Republic) contained a
different insect, each identified by a chart included with the
Specialist Miranda Bingham said it generated
some institutional interest but the serious bidding all came from
Leading the jewellery section of this
three-day sale was a pretty Victorian necklace mounted with
graduated diamond clusters and graduated diamond foliate drops.
Housed in its original case, it came by
descent from Gladys Maud Lascelles (1886-1961), granddaughter of
the Hon George Lascelles, who was the brother of the 5th Earl of
Deemed a very wearable piece, it tipped the
top estimate to bring £34,000 from a trade buyer.