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Review Entries for Day Monday, April 14, 2014

If you are looking for a piece of jewellery that includes diamonds then the Spring 2014 Quarterly Fine Sale to be held on 29th April 2014 is the place to look.

There is an early 20th Century platinum and diamond mounted pendant brooch (FS223/235) of openwork foliate design.

 

An early 20th Century platinum and diamond mounted pendant brooch (FS22/235)

The central round old brilliant cut stone weighs approximately 0.6.cts. It then has smaller diamonds, four diamond drops and a diamonds set chain necklet, which are estimated to weigh 2.0cts. It is contained within a fitted case with detachable brooch and hair slide fittings. This exquisitely crafted piece of jewellery is being offered with a pre-sale estimate of £2,200-£2,800.

If diamond rings are more your thing then this auction is not to be missed as there are many on offer.

A platinum and diamond two stone crossover ring (FS22/248) with an estimated weight of 2cts is inviting bids of £1,500-£2,000.

A platinum and diamond two stone crossover ring (FS22/248)

There are many single stone diamond rings on offer, including a platinum and diamond example (FS22/258).

A platinum and diamond single stone ring (FS22/258)

It has a circular brilliant cut stone, which is estimated to weigh 4.0cts. It is a ring size S and has a pre-sale estimate of £2,500-£2,800.

Another diamond mounted single stone ring (FS22/263) with round old brilliant cut stone estimated to weigh 1.7cts and in a scroll pierced setting between square set diamond three stone shoulders is estimated at £2,500-£3,000.

A diamond mounted single stone ring (FS22/263)

If you are perhaps looking for an engagement ring then this auction certainly gives a good choice of rings, with something to suit everyone. Come along to the auction or browse the catalogue online to see if there is something that takes your fancy.

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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 17, 2013

Boucheron jewellery is always popular because of its quality and the Boucheron ring being offered in the next fine jewellery auction is no exception.

 

boucheron - a sapphire and diamond cluster ring (fs19/168)

Boucheron - A sapphire and diamond cluster ring (FS19/168)

It is a sapphire and diamond cluster ring, the central oval sapphire measuring 8mm x 6.7mm. It is set within a crossover surround of brilliant and navette cut diamonds estimated to weigh a total of 1.25cts. The shank is inscribed Boucheron and it is contained within its original Boucheron case, which is also stamped Boucheron.

This very unusually designed ring is estimated at £4,000-£5,000 and is being sold in the fine jewellery auction on 3rd July 2013.

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The Fine Jewellery Auction on 3rd July 2013 includes some great buys for anyone looking for something a little different. At the high end of this fine jewellery auction, there is a beautiful single stone ring (FS19/167a). see below, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-£12,000.

 

a single stone diamond ring (fs19/167a)

A single stone diamond ring (FS19/167a)

The central stone is a cushion shaped old brilliant cut diamond and is approximately 4.5cts. It is set in a scroll pierced setting and is a ring size R. This large diamond ring goes under the hammer on 3rd July 2013 in the Quarterly Fine Sale at the Exeter Saleroom, Okehampton Street, Devon. The Fine Jewellery Auction also includes many other choice pieces, which I will mention in my future blogs.

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, June 13, 2013

Zircon mounted jewellery can be found in a wide range of colours, the most popular colour is blue,  usually a pastel blue, but some exceptional gemstones have a bright blue colour. Collectors enjoy the search for all possible colours and variations. Natural zircon is an earthy brown colour and rare to find, the reason why most zircons on the market today are heat treated.

Colour and clarity are the most important things to consider when zircons are being evaluated and they should have a very good lustre.

 

 a zircon and diamond cluster ring (fs17/310) sold for £1,100

A zircon and diamond cluster ring (FS17/310) sold for £1,100

This blue zircon and diamond set ring (FS17/310) is a good example and realised £1,100 when it went under the hammer in the quarterly fine jewellery auction.

The next fine jewellery auction on 3rd  July 2013 (FS19) in Exeter, Devon has some lovely pieces on offer and I will be previewing these in my blogs over the next month.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:42:24 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 26, 2013

The beautiful platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring which was included in the Quarterly Fine Art Sale of fine jewellery (FS18/294) on 24th April 2013 outshone all the other jewellery items on offer in the auction.

 a platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring (fs18/294) sold for £16,500

A platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring (FS18/294) Sold for £16,500

There had been a great deal of interest in this stunning diamond ring prior to the auction, which included a good section of jewellery, but this was the star of the show, selling for £16,500.

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, April 18, 2013

The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek word Adamas, which translates as unconquerable, unalterable and unbreakable. Diamonds are thought to have been first recognised in India in 4th Century BC, although these deposits would have been formed some 900 million years ago or more.

It is thought that until the 18th Century, India was the only known source of diamonds, but when the diamond mines of India were depleted, people started to look for other sources. Small deposits were found in Brazil, but this was not enough to keep up with the demand for what had become a hugely desirable material.

 

 a diamond single stone ring with 2.2ct stone (fs18/292)

A diamond single stone ring with 2.2ct stone (FS18/292), estimate £5,000-£7,000

It was in 1866, when Erasmus Jacobs found what he initially thought was just a pebble on the banks of the Orange River that things really changed. This 'Pebble' turned out to be a 21.25 ct diamond. A few years later a massive 83.5 ct diamond was found. This sparked a huge interest in the area and gold prospectors arrived in their thousands. This resulted in the first large scale mining operation to start, which became known as the Kimberely Mine.

This increase in supply of the precious diamonds meant that the price for them decreased and they became less popular, as people realised they were not so rare and instead started to look to coloured stones such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies.

Today, the demand for diamonds is great and they achieve some extremely good prices at auction.

 

  a diamond single stone ring (fs18/293)

A diamond single stone ring (FS18/293), estimate £8,000-£12,000

The two illustrated examples above are being offered in the fine jewellery auction on 24th April 2013, where there are some stunning stones on offer (you may have already seen my previous blog on the two stone crossover ring). The first is a single stone diamond ring (FS18/292), with circular brilliant cut diamond, measuring approximately 8.1mm x 5.2mm and estimated to weigh 2.2cts. It has a six claw setting between baguette cut diamond single stonbe shoulders and carries a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.

The second illustrated example is again a single stone ring (FS18/293), with circular brilliant cut diamond which weighs approximately 4.5cts and is in a curtain claw setting. This beautiful ring carries a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-£12,000.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:48:54 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This diamond mounted, two stone cross-over ring is mounted with old, brilliant-cut diamonds with each stone estimated to weigh approximately 3.5cts. Old, brilliant-cut stones of this size are very desirable, the facet arrangement and proportions having been perfected by both mathematical and empirical analysis. The cut of a stone greatly impacts a diamond's brilliance, and this particular cut gives a great luminosity. 

 a platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring (fs18/294)

A platinum and diamond two stone cross over ring (FS18/294)

Typically, an increase in a diamond's carat weight would mean an increase in the value of the diamond, presuming it to be of a reasonable colour and clarity. The stones within this ring are of good colour and clarity.

Diamond mounted rings are very popular and when mounted with a beautifully cut, good quality stones, the desire for them is even greater. 

This beautiful ring is expected to fetch £15,000-£18,000 when it goes under the hammer in the Jewellery section of our Fine Art Sale on 24th April 2013 at the auction rooms in Okehampton Street, Exeter, Devon.

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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