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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‘Subtle and charming’ Dawson enamel

20 September 2021

The career course of Edith Robinson (1862-1929), a London art teacher and painter of chocolate box watercolours was changed in 1893 when she and her new husband, the Stamford artist Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) attended a series of lectures given by the enameller Alexander Fisher.

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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Many happy returns for Margaret’s birthday gift

20 September 2021

It is difficult to replicate the occasion of a royal themed auction. Ergo not everything that resurfaces on the market from the fabled ‘Princess Margaret’ sale at Christie’s in June 2006 shows a great appreciation in value.

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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

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 ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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Four upcoming jewellery highlights including a necklace with a Duke of Wellington provenance

20 September 2021

A selection of four upcoming jewellery lots including a necklace comprising 21 cameos and intaglios previously owned by the Duke of Wellington.

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Six sapphires catching bidders' eyes at auction this summer

20 September 2021

A selection of sapphires that drew interest at auction over the last two months

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‘America’s finest gemstones’ make an appearance at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 September 2021

Sapphire mining at the Yogo Gulch in Montana began in 1895 after a cigar box of pale blue gems picked from a creek by a local rancher found its way to Tiffany’s in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”.

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Curzon and Campbell families etched in stone

20 September 2021

A recent sale at Wotton Auction Rooms (21.6% buyer’s premium) in Wotton-Under-Edge included this set of three yellow metal fobs set with carnelian intaglios.

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Rare reward poster for never recovered ‘Irish Crown Jewels’

20 September 2021

The so-called Irish Crown Jewels or State Jewels of Ireland, were created in 1831 for the Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order of St Patrick. The order was established as an Irish equivalent of the English order of the Garter and the Scottish Order of the Thistle.

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Sterlé’s rare birds soar in Sussex and Dublin

20 September 2021

Combining technical mastery with recurring motifs derived from nature, Pierre Sterlé’s (1905-1978) style is instantly recognisable.

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It’s a dog’s life for Cartier collectors

20 September 2021

By the mid-20th century several design houses were taking a more playful approach to zoomorphic jewellery.

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Snake that speaks the language of jewellery

20 September 2021

This Victorian snake necklace is one of the best of its kind to appear on the regional market in recent memory.

Gem books

Latest gem book launched by jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy

08 September 2021

Jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy has completed her triology of gemstone books this month.

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Pick of the week: The face of a king about to be executed

30 August 2021

It was second time lucky for a 17th century ring made to commemorate the death of King Charles I.

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Auction reveals personal side of Al Capone

30 August 2021

Nearly 200 items of Al Capone memorabilia are coming to the market for the first time after being consigned to a California auction by his granddaughters.

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Art Deco pendant and earrings boast impressive provenances and prices

23 August 2021

The central stone to this Art Deco seed pearl and diamond pendant is an elongated cushion-shaped pink sapphire, weighing about 25ct.

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Plath and Hughes wedding rings bought by Wartski

16 August 2021

Gold wedding rings belonging to poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes have been bought by London jeweller Wartski.

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Kashmir sapphire shines bright in Monte Carlo

16 August 2021

The Hôtel des Ventes de Monte Carlo (25/23/20% buyer’s premium) held a sale series this summer that featured auctions devoted to jewellery, watches and accessories, antiquities and modern art.

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5 Questions: Simon MacLachlan of Piccadilly Vaults

16 August 2021

Simon MacLachlan owns and runs Piccadilly Vaults, a relative newcomer to the fine jewellery scene based in London’s Piccadilly Arcade. Founded in 2017, it is named after the wall of working bank vaults installed in the basement.

Stolen jewellery

Antique jewellery stolen from Yorkshire heritage centre

10 August 2021

Police are alerting the trade and the public to look out for stolen jewellery after a burglary at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

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