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 see: Five places to view and buy antique jewellery this autumn

08 October 2018

Anyone who counts diamonds among their best friends has plenty to keep them busy this month.

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Four collectables with royal connections up for sale this autumn

04 October 2018

Items with royal connections have extra cache for buyers when it comes to desirability and price. Here are four objects with direct connections to noble owners that are currently for sale across dealerships and auctions.

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Spanish ‘Belle Époque’ royal tiara comes to auction at Bonhams

17 September 2018

A Belle Époque diamond tiara, designed by Spanish royal jeweller Ansorena and owned by a Spanish noblewoman, is to be auctioned at Bonhams later this month.

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Four men arrested on suspicion of £1m antiques burglary at entrepreneur's home

06 September 2018

Detectives investigating the high-value burglary of antiques from the home of British biotech entrepreneur Sir Christopher Evans and his family in July have arrested four men.

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Wendy Ramshaw showcase at Goldsmiths’ Fair

03 September 2018

An exhibition dedicated to the colourful creations of modern jewellery designer Wendy Ramshaw (b.1939) runs at the Goldsmiths’ Fair in London from September 25-October 7.

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Bissinger gem carving turns heads in Oxford auction

03 September 2018

This agate, enamel and gemset cameo brooch carved with the profile of a classical maiden is signed verso for Georges Bissinger.

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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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