From (nearly) zero to hero: £10 car boot diamond ring takes more than half a million pounds
A 1980s car boot find proved to be worth much more than its original £10 asking price. At Sotheby’s in June the 19th century, 26.27ct cushion-shaped diamond sold for £540,000. It’s a classic fantasy for anyone selling at auction – or poking around at a car boot – and the story inspired a new name for the piece.
Know your assets
It was a good year for jewellery in general as The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index ranked it among the best performing assets. The Grima amethyst pendant earrings featured in the picture alongside the story ended up selling for a premium-inclusive £30,000.
A flyer for Flog It!
A collector who brought a Victorian 18ct gold ring to Bristol Auction Rooms was rewarded when it soared past its estimate during filming for an episode of the BBC TV show Flog it!
Workers of the world buy jewellery
Ever-popular Fabergé was the focus of an exhibition at Mayfair dealer Bentley & Skinner in November held to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The show was staged to show “the clash of two contrasting worlds”.
Object of desire: Napoleon’s golden gift
In April, a gold and ivory ring given by the young Napoleon to Caroline du Colombier was offered at French auction house Osenat. Not only was it ring a link to a historical love story, it had stayed in Caroline’s family since her death, so it was no surprise that the ring ultimately found a top result.
Fellows’ yellow: diamond ring sets records
Finally, Birmingham jewellery specialist Fellows set a new house record with a yellow Graff diamond ring earlier this month. The 43.59ct radiant-cut diamond took £1.1m before buyer’s premium, smashing the auctioneer’s previous high of £131,000. It also marked the top price in the UK regions this year.