Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

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Electric and eclectic lots tick the auction boxes

19 November 2018

Although ubiquitous for much of the 20th century, electrical masterclocks regulating other timepieces in schools, hospitals, government buildings and factories are as yet among the least researched aspects of horology.

Pendant from Marie Antoinette's collection

Marie Antoinette’s pendant sets auction record for a natural pearl at Sotheby’s in Geneva

15 November 2018

A pearl and diamond pendant from the French Queen Marie Antoinette’s personal collection has set a record price at auction for a natural pearl at Sotheby’s Geneva.

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Pearl of considerable merit at Roseberys

12 November 2018

The exact history of this 200-year-old saltwater pearl is unknown but it is undoubtedly a gem of considerable merit.

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Doyle offers California style in New York

12 November 2018

The sale titled California Jewelry held by Doyle in New York on November 19 includes some fine period pieces sourced by the Manhattan firm via its West Coast office.

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Rare ‘tropical’ Omega Speedy keeps market time with Rolex

12 November 2018

There was a time when vintage Omega represented a cost-effective alternative to vintage Rolex. Today, the rule does not always apply.

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Elizabeth Gage rings at Heritage

12 November 2018

Heritage Auctions’ Fine Jewelry Signature sale in New York on December 3 includes two rings by London-based designer and virtuoso goldsmith Elizabeth Gage.

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Van Cleef & Arpels in tune at Skinner

12 November 2018

This novel 14ct gold, cabochon emerald, diamond, and ruby brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels carries an estimate of $5000-7000 at Skinner of Boston’s sale of Important Jewelry on December 4.

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Better by design: the Anne Shannon collection at auction in Salisbury

12 November 2018

The sale of the Anne Shannon collection of British and Continental designer jewellery will live long in the memory.

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Taste of Japan from Rago

12 November 2018

Tiffany exhibited only gold jewellery at the 1878 Paris exposition, including a collection of ‘Japanesque’ pieces.

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Tiara with Danish royal provenance emerges in Copenhagen auction

12 November 2018

This diamond and sapphire tiara, which is to be offered for sale by Bruun Rasmussen on November 30 in Copenhagen, has a long and distinguished Danish royal provenance.

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More gems from the turn of the century

12 November 2018

Dr Anne Shannon would no doubt have admired these three pieces of turn of the century jewellery sold at UK regional salerooms in recent weeks.

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Creative Devlin at Dreweatts

12 November 2018

This amethyst and cultured pearl ring and brooch is by Stuart Devlin (1931-2018) – the Australian-born designer and craftsman the Duke of Edinburgh described as “probably the most original and creative goldsmith and silversmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time”.

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Renaissance ring joins Salisbury double act

12 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis followed the Shannon collection with a mixed-owner sale on November 1. Together the auctions brought a premium-inclusive £2.1m.

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Charterhouse star brooch could shine

12 November 2018

The Charterhouse two-day November 15-16 auction in Sherborne includes a substantial selection of jewellery and watches.

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Submariner ticks in at Fellows

12 November 2018

Among the many versions of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, the reference 5508 with its James Bond association is perhaps the best known.

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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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Musical bracket clock offered at latest horological auction in Massachusetts

12 November 2018

Fontaine’s in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is holding one of its periodic horological auctions on November 17.

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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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