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    PERIOD AND CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, May 5th, 2017

    Period and contemporary jewellery will come under the hammer at the James Adam summer auction of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on May 9. The sale, curated by Claire-Laurence Mestrallet is designed to appeal to every taste, young and old, funky and sophisticated.  The highlight is a  signed Cartier lapis lazuli cultured pearl and diamond necklace which is estimated at 25,000-35,000.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    LAPIS LAZULI, CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER, CIRCA 1986 (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A FINE LADY’S PLATINUM AND DIAMOND-SET BRACELET WATCH, BY ROLEX, CIRCA 2002 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    A TOURMALINE AND GOLD BROOCH, BY H. STERN, CIRCA 1970 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 950 AT HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 ATR HAMMER

    AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1920 (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    FINE JEWELLERY AND WATCHES AT JAMES ADAM

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    Fine jewellery and watches will come under  the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on November 6 at 6 p.m.  There are diamond rings, bracelets, brooches, clips, earrings and a selection of lots, many with affordable estimates.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A FINE DIAMOND BRACELET, BY GRAFF (45,000-50,000)

    A FINE DIAMOND BRACELET, BY GRAFF (45,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A RUBY, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE BRACELET, CIRCA 1965 (9,000-11,000)

    A RUBY, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE BRACELET, CIRCA 1965 (9,000-11,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    AN EMERALD, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)

    AN EMERALD, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING (3,000-4,000)

    A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING (3,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A PAIR OF AMETHYST AND DIAMOND PENDENT EARRINGS (1,200-1,400)

    A PAIR OF AMETHYST AND DIAMOND PENDENT EARRINGS (1,200-1,400)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1.500 AT HAMMER

    A diamond single stone rings (19,000-24,000)

    A diamond single stone ring (19,000-24,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S FABULOUS JEWELS TO MAKE MORE THAN $30 MILLION

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

    The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, of 33.19 carats D color, VS1 clarity, potentially internally flawless Gift from Richard Burton Purchased from Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York May 16, 1968 Estimate: $2,500,000 – 3,500,000 (In 1969 he paid $305,000 for it) UPDATE: IT MADE $8,818,500, a world auction record for a colourless diamond by carat.A Suite of Ruby and Diamond Jewelry By Cartier Gift from Mike Todd, August 1957 Necklace estimate: $200,000 – 300,000 Bracelet estimate: $150,000 – 200,000 Earrings estimate: $80,000 – 120,000

    DETAILS of the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor jewellery collection have been released by Christie’s. The dazzling array, including diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations comprises 269 magnificent jewels.
    Most were gifts from Mike Todd – the only one of Taylor’s seven husbands whom she did not divorce (he died after a year of marriage) and  Richard Burton.  The collection, to be sold in New York in December, is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.
    “This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place, and Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December,”  said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas.
    “Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” said François Curiel, International Jewelry Director and President of Christie’s Asia. “From the first time I met her in 1998, it was clear that she possessed an expert’s eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history.  She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated of jewelry designers, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.
    On December 13, 2011, Christie’s New York will present 80 of Ms. Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14.  (CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
    Tour Dates and Locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
    September 15 & 16, GUM, Red Square, Moscow,
    September 24, 25 & 26, Christie’s, London
    October 13, 14, 15 & 16, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
    October 23  Emirates Tower Hotel, Dubai
    November 11 & 12 Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues, Geneva
    November 16 & 17 Christie’s Paris
    November 24, 25, 26 & 27 Hong Kong Convention Center
    December 3 – 12  Christie’s New York
    See antiquesandartireland.com post for June 29.

    A Pair of Diamond and Multi-Colored Sapphire “Ball” Ear Clips By JAR Purchased in Paris, December 2001 Estimate: $100,000 – 150,000 UPDATE: THESE MADE $602,500.

    Emerald and Diamond Jewelry By BVLGARI, Ring estimate: $600,000 -800,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE $3,330,500

    The Burton Wedding Bands (to be sold on December 14) Estimate: $6,000-8,000. These diamond-set wedding bands were given by Burton on their marriages in 1964 in Montreal and in 1975 in Botswana. UPDATE: THEY MADE $1,022,500

    A Ruby and Diamond Ring, of 8.24 carats By Van Cleef & Arpels, 1968 Gift from Richard Burton, Christmas 1968 Estimate: $1,000,000 – 1,500,000 UPDATE: IT MADE $4,226,500 A WORLD AUCTION RECORD PER CARAT PER RUBY.

    WORLDWIDE TOUR OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S JEWELLERY, FASHION AND ART FROM SEPTEMBER

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    A worldwide tour of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery, fashion and art is to start in September.  Christie’s, which is co-ordinating the event, will organise a ten day exhibition at the Rockefeller Center in New York from December 3.  This will be followed by four consecutive days of auctions from December 13-16.  In the interim there will be stops  in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong.

    Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas, said: “The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian”. A portion of the monies generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).
    Christie’s will open the series with an evening sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional jewellery sessions on December 14.  Elizabeth Taylor’s vast collection of haute couture – the designers Valentino, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferré were among her friends – as well as ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories will be offered over two days. A final session on December 16 will be devoted to important furniture, 20th century decorative arts, and film memorabilia from her Bel Air home.
    Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of Impressionist & Modern Art will be offered at Christie’s London in February 2012.

    DIAMOND JEWELLERY IN IRELAND AND ABROAD

    Thursday, June 16th, 2011

    An aquamarine and diamond spray brooch estimated at 1,500-2,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800.

    This Art Deco diamond target ring is estimated at 18,000-22,000. (click on image to enlarge)  UPDATE:  THIS MADE 16,000 AND WAS THE TOP LOT IN THE SALE.
    These are some lots from the next auction at O’Reilly’s of Francis St., Dublin which takes place on June 22.  The sale features 497 lots (the catalogue is on-line) including  diamond rings, bracelets, an opal and diamond pendant, Art Deco jewellery, antique gold jewellery and coins, watches by Rolex, Cartier, Piaget and Omega. There is also some antique silverware, collectables, furniture and paintings.
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    Meanwhile the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has launched a novel Facebook application for jewellery enthusiasts.  It enables the user to virtually try on 28 pieces from the “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” exhibition, on view at the New York museum until July 4.
    They see it as an innovative way to reach new audiences.
    The app, available at http://www.facebook.com/cooperhewitt, enables the user  to dress a photo with a work from the exhibition. Included are necklaces, brooches, earrings and a tiara worn by Princess Grace of Monaco.

    ANTIQUE AND MODERN JEWELLERY AT O’REILLY’S, DUBLIN

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011
    Antique and modern jewellery comes up at O’Reilly’s sale at Francis St., Dublin on May 25.  There are diamond solitaires, Art Deco diamond target rings, a large amethyst and diamond pendant, retro gold jewellery, a sapphire and diamond cluster pendant, a diamond necklace, bracelets and earrings.
    The 415 lot sale features some antique silver as well as paintings and collectables.
    UPDATE: This was a good sale, aided by strong global prices for gold and silver.  In the current market those with money to spend expect exceptional value.  The focus is on what an individual piece is worth.
    An antique three stone diamond ring made 12,800,  a 2.40 carat diamond solitaire ring sold for 12,600, a two carat oval diamond solitaire made  9,200, a diamond line bracelet sold for 6,000 as did a 1.09 carat diamond solitaire and an emerald and diamond line bracelet made 4,800.

    A PAIR OF OPAL AND DIAMOND CLUSTER EARRINGS (2,800-3,200). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 3,000

    AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND AND BLUE ENAMEL CLUSTER RING, set to the centre with a diamond monogramme and crown, (3,000-4,000). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,900

    AN EDWARDIAN DIAMOND TARGET RING, C. 1910 (14,000-15,000). Click to enlarge. UPDATE: This changed hands after the auction for 13,900

    AN EDWARDIAN DIAMOND PLAQUE BROOCH (4,500-5,000). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: This made 4,500

    RARE EMERALD AND DIAMOND TIARA AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, March 25th, 2011

    An extremely rare emerald and diamond tiara – the most important to have come to auction in 30 years – will be offered at  Sotheby’s sale of magnificent jewels in Geneva on May 17. It  is composed of 11 exceptionally rare Columbian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats in total. The tiara was commissioned by the First Prince von Donnersmarck for his second wife Princess Katharina  (1862-1929). Their jewellery collection was known to be on a par with, or even to have exceeded, those of many of the crowned heads of Europe.
    The emeralds may have originally adorned the neck of a Maharajah and are believed to have been in the personal collection of Princess  Eugénie. It is thought the piece may have been commissioned from renowned jewellers Chaumet.  The estimate is £3.1-6.2 million (CHF 4.5-9 million / $5-10 million). (click on image to enlarge)
    UPDATE:  IT MADE  CHF 11,282,500/ $12,736,927, the highest price ever achieved for a tiara at auction.

    FABULOUS JEWELS AND MORE AT TEFAF MAASTRICHT

    Friday, March 18th, 2011

    THERE are fabulous pieces to be seen in the Haute Joaillerie section at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht.  Here are some to whet the appetite.

    The Graff blue diamond

    The Hemmerle vegetable collection.

    The aster brooch.

    The Chopard owl watch.

    Graff is exhibiting a 20.02 carat blue ice diamond ring.  The fancy deep blue diamond ring has white diamond shoulders. Each diamond pearshape sidestone is exactly one carat. The entire ring is 22.02 carats.
    Hemmerle Jewellers will unveil their new vegetable collection at TEFAF. The brooch illustrated is a white gold pod of five jade peas, speckled with demantoide garnets.
    THE Aster Brooch has a central cushion cut tourmaline supported by flame-shaped griffes bezel in yellow gold. It is contoured by a double circle of petals in white gold and brilliant-cut diamonds. This one-of-a-kind object of rare beauty and simplicity was created by Gianmaria Buccellati.
    At Chopard & Cie S.A. there is an Owl watch.  It is 18 ct white and rose gold set with diamonds (7cts), trapeze-cut diamonds (2cts) and trapeze-cut yellow sapphires (4cts).  It is from the ‘Animal World Collection 150th Anniversary.
    TEFAF 2011 has 260 exhibitors from 16 countries in nine sections. Some 30,000 works of art from the Neolithic Age to the present day are all rigorously vetted by 168 international experts in 29 specialist committees to ensure quality, authenticity and good condition.

    TEFAF Maastricht is launching the TEFAF Mobile Guide, an application for Android and iPhone, at the 2011 Fair. The application has been developed to help visitors get the most out of their visit to TEFAF.  It offers them a virtual tour, videos, an interactive floor plan, an overview of theFair’s sections, exhibitors and restaurants at the Fair and other information. It can be downloaded free at www.tefaf.com/mobile and from the iTunes AppStore and Android Market.

    (See antiquesandartireland.com posts for March 11, January 13 and January 6)

    TIFFANY DIAMONDS AT O’REILLY’S, FRANCIS ST., DUBLIN

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    A Tiffany diamond dress ring from 1964 at O'Reilly's, Francis St., Dublin. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 12,600

    This Tiffany diamond dress ring from 1964 on the left is one of the highlights at the first 2011 jewellery sale at O’Reilly’s of Francis St., Dublin.  The sale takes place on Wednesday, February 2 at 1 p.m.  The ring, complete with its original receipt, is estimated at 10,000-12,000.

    A c1870 mourning brooch at O'Reilly's. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 700

    It features antique and modern jewellery.  The example on the right is a Victorian mourning brooch dating from around 1870.  It is mounted in gold with a seed pearl surround and estimated at 700-800 euro.

    The 319 lots sale includes engagement rings, diamond solitaires, a three stone diamond ring,  bracelets, pendants, earrings, watches and gold jewellery.  There is a small selection of Irish antique and later silver along with collectables and paintings.