From rare gemstones to classic designers, we take a brief look at a few highlights from our Jewellery auction in October 2020.
This delicate chain is characteristic of workmanship of the late 1820s and 1830s. The preceding decades had been war-torn, so there was a general shortage of gemstones and diamonds. Jewellery makers, therefore, utilised new techniques to catch the eye and compensate for the lack of gemstones. The chain has a fine geometric pattern on every single link, which allows the chain to reflect the light and coruscate beautifully.
Sold for £2,438* and £3,750*
Cartier’s most successful piece is the ‘Love’ bangle. Designed by Aldo Cipullo in the late 1960s, it was his first creation when he joined Cartier. Originally the bangles were sold as 'his and her’s' pair and became synonymous with commitment. Cipullo designed these hard to remove bracelets as a tangible symbol of devotion, one which couldn’t just slip off but remained with you always.
Sold for £6,875*
Historically, the most important deposit for rubies came from Mogok, Burma and if left untreated were even more sought after than their counterparts. This bright and lively stone has a fine open colour of a purplish-red hue. The ruby is set in a mount detailed with calibré cut rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Sold for £3,750*
The primary factor for value in an emerald is the colour, even more so than other gemstones. This is mainly because emeralds almost always show inclusions visible to the naked eye. This characteristic is called the ‘Jardin’, or garden, of the emerald. Columbian emeralds are favoured because of their warmer and often more intense pure green colour. This Colombian stone displays the characteristics typical for a fine emerald.
The fleur-de-lys or lily is one of the most prevalent themes in French iconography and has been associated with both royalty and saints alike. This antique brooch was previously part of the private collection of a European royal. The fleur-de-lys is frequently seen in regal jewels and it's probable that this brooch, set with a natural sapphire and diamonds was once part of a large jewel, possibly a tiara.
For more information on any of the lots detailed above, contact Head of Jewellery, Sarah Duncan.
*All prices include Buyer's Premium