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.


Previews: £30,000 plus

24 July 2017

Possibly made for a member of the French monarchy, this post-medieval gold ring combines the heraldic fleur-de-lis motif with blue kite-shaped sapphires.


5 Questions: Charlotte Roper of Plaza Jewellery

17 July 2017

Charlotte Roper – “strictly a champagne girl” – started Plaza Jewellery in the mid 1980s. She specialises in French and European jewellery with a particular focus on pieces from the 1940s-‘60s. Her upcoming fairs include the Cotswolds Decorative Fair.


Police investigating £3m jewellery theft from art fair Masterpiece London

07 July 2017

The Metropolitan Police are investigating claims of a £3m theft from art fair Masterpiece London.


Diamond locket given to George IV's true love shines at Christie’s auction

07 July 2017

A locket given to George IV’s true love was hammered down at £280,000 yesterday at Christie’s, more than doubling its high estimate.


Love detected in the East Riding

03 July 2017

This medieval gold posy ring with a Lombardic inscription is a type that was common in England and France in the 13th and early 14th centuries. After around 1350, Gothic script became popular.


Jewellery auction previews

03 July 2017

A selection of stand-out jewellery lots from regional auctions.


Focus on contemporary designers at auction

03 July 2017

For previous generations of artist jewellers, from René Lalique to Andrew Grima, retail sales and private commissions were everything. Typically it was only much later in the collecting lifecycle, after a period of posthumous reassessment and rediscovery, that their work appeared at auction with any great regularity.


Giuliano and the Indian influence

03 July 2017

Indian design was a prolific influence in Carlo Giuliano’s style. Already seen at the 1851 Great Exhibition, interest in technicolour jewellery from the sub-continent rose to new levels when Victoria became Empress of India in 1876.


Agate’s growing appeal

03 July 2017

Dendritic agate – a pale chalcedony with treelike inclusions caused by traces of iron or manganese – is a relatively lowly stone but was a favourite of Russian jewellers in particular. Carl Fabergé used it in many pieces in a country where it is considered a stone of longevity, good health and prosperity.


Final flowering for Garden Museum

03 July 2017

The collection of Tiffany jewels offered by Christie’s New York (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on June 20 was the finest at auction in recent memory.


Get ahead in the East with a tiara

03 July 2017

Tiaras have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, particularly in Russia and the Baltic States where jeans and a diamond fascinator are de rigueur at informal high-society events.


A cluster of Nossiter results

03 July 2017

Bonhams’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) sale in Knightsbridge on June 14 included a group of pieces attributed to the British Arts & Crafts jeweller and designer Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977).


Telling tales from Farouk to Thatcher

03 July 2017

Stealing all the headlines at Sotheby’s (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewels sale in London on June 7 was the £540,000, 26ct ’tenner’ diamond, bought by the vendor at a boot fair in the 1980s. However, among the 370 lots were items with more illustrious provenances.

Berkeley Square Gin cocktails

Cocktails and collectors: LAPADA and Killik & Co host antique jewellery event in Mayfair

16 June 2017

Gin, jewels and gems were the order of the night at the first Killik & Co and LAPADA event this week.


A £10 car boot sale diamond ring sells for more than half a million pounds

08 June 2017

A ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 in the 1980s was hammered down at £540,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

Louis XVI commode

Lady Spencer’s collection to be sold at Christie’s auction

06 June 2017

Princess Diana’s stepmother, Chatelaine of Althorp, Dame Barbara Cartland’s daughter, or Acid Raine. The late Countess Spencer had a number of labels and, according to the Telegraph, she “seldom left anyone indifferent”.


Shopping for jewellery and silver

30 May 2017

Jewellery and silver items on offer in London this summer from auction houses and dealers.

Hay Festival

Secrets of Koh-i Noor diamond to be revealed at Hay Festival in Wales

25 May 2017

The mysterious history of the Koh-i Noor diamond will be revealed during the Hay Festival by authors of a new book.


Amber continues to shine in the saleroom

23 May 2017

The price of amber necklaces soared in 2013 and top prices are still being achieved at auction, often valuing the natural untreated beads at twice that of 24ct gold.


Car boot sale £10 diamond ring could fetch £350,000 at auction

22 May 2017

A ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 in the 1980s has been estimated at £250,000-350,000 and is heading to a Sotheby’s auction.