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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Bellmans hit a Purple patch with Arts and Crafts collection

01 March 2024

A group of Arts & Crafts jewellery from the collection of the late dealers Anthony Gardner and Michael Becker will be sold by Sussex auction house Bellmans in April.

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British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.

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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.

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Strong markets that create key battleground

29 January 2024

Jewellery, watches and luxury goods have become a key battleground in the regions. A persistently strong market has brought competition from specialist departments and the arrival of new designated auction firms based in and around the London area.

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Eye on an object: 1920s Egyptian sarcophagus charm

29 January 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Carved coral pendant created in a style typical of Trapani

15 January 2024

Trapani in western Sicily has for centuries been renowned as a centre for objects mounted with carved coral, a tradition that derives from the nearby coral reefs and reached its height in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Top stories this week including news of a Burges brooch discovered on the Antiques Roadshow coming to auction

14 January 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a Gothic revival brooch designed by William Burges which was unveiled on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow now heading to auction.

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Appeal after £2000 worth of jewellery stolen from Norfolk antiques centre

13 January 2024

An antiques centre in Holt, Norfolk is appealing for help to recover stolen jewellery taken during a theft.

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Third Burges brooch emerges at auction following Antiques Roadshow appearance

08 January 2024

The new discovery, unveiled on the BBC show Antiques Roadshow on Christmas Eve, comes for sale in Market Harborough on March 5.

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Pick of the week: Mexican nun’s badge found in Norfolk

02 January 2024

The Christmas Gifts sale at TW Gaze in Diss included a rare example of 18th century Catholic colonial jewellery: a Mexican 'escudo de monja' or nun’s badge.

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Brooch was ‘gift from Duke and Duchess of Windsor’

18 December 2023

The sale at Young’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Farnham, Surrey, on November 25 included jewels and objects of vertu with royal provenances.

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An Etruscan Revival micro-mosaic brooch is among five lots to watch

04 December 2023

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of upcoming items.

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White gloves for Chameroy’s eclecticism

20 November 2023

The late Jean Louis Chameroy (1946-2020) was born in the city of Troyes in France but moved to the London in 1960s.

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Chaumet’s ‘floating laurel leaves’ bring £240,000

20 November 2023

Bonhams’ London Jewels sale on September 21 was topped by this Chaumet diamond necklace.

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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.

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Hardman jewel with a Pugin connection

20 November 2023

This gothic revival gold and enamel 'artist's jewel' made by the Birmingham metalworkers Hardman and Co is very similar to one given by architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) to his third wife Jane Knill.

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Drawing conclusions on jeweller Templier at auction

20 November 2023

Raymond Templier (1891-1968) came from a traditional Parisian jewellery family but became one of a small group of designers dubbed ‘bijoutiers-artistes’ or artist jewellers.

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Bulgari heads Notting Hill luxury week auction

20 November 2023

Signed jewels by contemporary and historic makers come to auction as part of Elmwood’s first ‘Winter Luxury Week’.

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Antique and vintage jewels and watches on a budget

20 November 2023

A selection of antique and vintage jewels and watches on a £500 budget that are perfect for gift giving this season

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Travelling? Keep an eye on the Cartier time

06 November 2023

Outstanding among a number of famous names at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) quarterly Jewellery and Watch sale was that of Cartier.

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