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Recently inherited by a London-based client, they were a pendant set with three cabochon emeralds and a splendid boulder opal, and a ring with a textured gold mount set with the tip of a walrus tusk.

Estimated at £300-500 each, they drew international competition before selling at £2300 and £1700 respectively.

Some fine antique pieces offered by Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes on March 30 were accompanied by two textbook examples of early Seventies goldsmithing by former Grima goldsmith Alan Martin Gard (b.1935).

Marked for AMG, London and the date letter for 1970, a modernist 18ct gold bracelet sold at the lower end of a £4000-6000 estimate but the near matching earrings with diamond accents from 1972 more than doubled top hopes at £3800.