Such an honour to be at Sotheby’s auction house to curate some beautiful jewellery pieces for their Fine Jewels Online auction (September 17, 3pm). So many amazing treasures to be had at a fraction of the price. Before you decide which pieces to bid on, check out my last Sotheby’s jewellery curation and how to bid at an online jewellery auction.
I’m going to show you some of my favourite lots from the upcoming Fine Jewels Online to give you a sneak peek at some of the stunning pieces up for auction. You can find the full catalogue online at Sotheby’s.
To kick off this beautiful collection of Fine Jewels Online, I will be at Sotheby’s to talk about jewellery with Sotheby’s head of jewellery department and to sign my latest book, Gemologue: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips.
Please RSVP early to reserve a seat.
Lot 127: CULTURED PEARL CHOKER, DAVID MORRIS
DESCRIPTION: Designed as four flexible rows of graduated cultured pearls, inner circumference approximately 310mm, signed David Morris.
You know how much I love pearls, so naturally I chose this beautiful contemporary choker by David Morris to kick off this jewellery curation. I love it so much, you just might have to outbid me!
Lot 77: GEM SET AND DIAMOND BRACELET, FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
DESCRIPTION: Designed as a series of plaques depicting floral and foliate motifs, pierced and millegrain-set with calibré-cut buff top rubies, pink and blue sapphires, emeralds and amethyst, pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, length approximately 185mm.
Time for tennis bracelets to move over and make room for these stunning diamond bracelets. What a dream to own one of these pieces. So much more edgy than the tennis bracelet and looks great with a T-shirt and jeans. Rock your diamonds!
Lot 46: CITRINE AND DIAMOND RING, GRIMA, 1965
DESCRIPTION: Set with a faceted citrine, to a square diamond accent, within an abstract multiple rectangular panel mount, size L, British hallmarks and maker’s mark.
Don’t you just love this ring! I have always had a weak spot for Grima jewellery! With such a rich British history, this ring is definitely a collector’s item. A conversation starter! In the 1960s and 70s Andrew Grima was known as a revolutionary designer, a trained engineer who got into jewellery after serving in Burma for five years.
You can read more about Grima in my blog GRIMA ART ANTIQUES SHOW KENSINGTON GARDENS LONDON.
Lot 48: DIAMOND RING, GRIMA, 1968
DESCRIPTION: Open work abstract design, set with single-cut diamonds, size Lυ1/2, signed Grima, British hallmarks and maker’s marks.
If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail ring, Grima is your answer. Are you familiar with this brand? Let me know in the comments below.
Lot 112: PAIR OF EARRINGS, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1970s
DESCRIPTION: Each designed as flattened textured loop, post and clip fittings, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered.
Van cleef & Arpels is so close to my heart and these elegant gold earrings are no exception. Solid gold earrings like this are heavy to wear though, so bear that in mind before you bid.
Lot 208: FIVE PAIRS OF COLOURED DIAMOND EARRINGS
DESCRIPTION: Each claw-set with a coloured brilliant-cut diamond, post fittings, one pair with French assay and maker’s mark for Van Cleef & Arpels, fitted case stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
Everyone needs some beautiful diamond studs in their jewellery box and adorning your ear lobes is so on trend. What could be better than a whole collection of unique and rare coloured diamonds to rock every day!
Lot 129: DIAMOND BANGLE, ‘JUSTE UN CLOU’, CARTIER
DESCRIPTION: Designed as a nail, the head and point highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds, inner circumference approximately 160mm, signed Cartier, numbered, Swiss assay and maker’s mark.
An iconic item of jewellery from Cartier, this statement bangle is instantly recognisable and available at Sotheby’s in several variations. Check out my review of the Juste Un Clou bangle here.
Lot 110: LADY’S EVENING BAG, ‘MELONE’, BULGARI, 1970s
DESCRIPTION: Of fluted design with a hinged handle to one end, the thumb piece collet-set with a cabochon sapphire, opening to reveal a mirror, signed Bulgari, Italian maker’s mark, gross weight approximately 400 grams.
What a treasure! Bulgari itself from the 70s! I think I’m in love! It has the cutest mirror inside. An important feature for fashionable women!
Lot 58: LAPIS LAZULI BRACELET, CARTIER, 1940s
DESCRIPTION: Designed as an articulated line of rotating cylindrical links set to each end with cabochons of lapis lazuli, inner circumference approximately 160mm, signed Cartier, numbered, gross weight approximately 187 grams.
Such an unusual design, I just love it! A chunky bracelet from 1940 Cartier! What a rare find!
Lot 115: GEM SET, CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND BROOCH, NARDI
DESCRIPTION: Designed as a bust of a figure wearing a turban, the face of carved amber, set with an oval and cabochon sapphires, circular-cut rubies, sapphires and emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds, the turban set with a cultured pearl, signed Nardi.
I recently visited Nardi in Venice, Italy and will be posting an article about my jewellery discoveries soon, so watch this space! I just adore the historical significance and symbolism of love in these brooches depicting the Shakespearean world of Othello and the refined goldsmith’s techniques of 18th-century Venice.
Lot 35: PAIR OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLIP BROOCHES, TIFFANY & CO, CIRCA 1938
DESCRIPTION: Of bi-coloured design set with calibré-cut sapphires and single-cut diamonds, one signed Tiffany & Co.
You may have never seen a clip brooch like this before, but in the 1930s it was a must-have item of jewellery. Now they’re making a comeback into our modern jewellery boxes! Get your hands on this 1938 Tiffany treasure before it’s gone!
Which item of jewellery is your favourite? And which ones will you bid on? I will take them all, thank you Sotheby’s!
I would love to hear what you think by leaving me a comment below. Thank you!
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