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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Set with a single, natural pearl, this diamond and ruby mounted insect bar brooch is particularly collectable. Insects are a popular design for brooches and pins.

 

insect bar brooch fs17/292 sold for £720

Insect Bar Brooch (FS17/292) Sold for £720

High prices can be reached fine jewellery auctions, depending on the age and condition. This insect bar brooch realised £720 at our Fine Jewellery Sale in Exeter on 29th January 2013.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:58:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, June 27, 2013

Omega has produced a wide range of wristwatches which are known for their reliability, accuracy, performance and style.

Their Speedmaster Chronograph wristwatch is particularly sought after and has an interesting history.  In 1965, Omega's Speedmaster chronograph was 'flight-qualified' by NASA and was the only wristwatch to have withstood all of the US space agency's severe tests.  The Omega Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the moon in 1969 and rescued the Apollo 13 mission from a potential disaster. This earned Omega's 'Snoopy Award'.

You can find various Omega wristwatches in our auctions. We have an Omega Speedmaster wristwatch in our Fine Jewellery Auction in Exeter on 3rd July 2013, (FS19/113).

 

 omega speedmaster professional wristwatch (fs19/113)

Omega Speedmaster professional wristwatch (FS19/113)

This example is the Omega Speedmaster Professional, having a black dial with luminescent baton markers, centre seconds and subsidiary dials for hours, thirty minutes and sixty seconds. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:14:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Rolex distribute high quality wristwatches which are sold under the Rolex and Tudor brands. There are three lines that Rolex have produced, 'Oyster Perpetual', 'Professional' and 'Cellini'. In particular, the Rolex Oytster Perpetual wristwatch is waterproof, heat proof, cold proof, vibration proof and dust proof and is very popular and collectable. Rolex has continued today to be at the forefront of the watch making industry. You can find a Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch in the Fine Jewellery Auction within our Fine Art Sale in Exeter, Devon on July 3rd 2013 (FS19/116).

 

 rolex oyster perpetual air king wristwatch (fs19/116)

Rolex Oyster perpetual Air King wristwatch (FS19/116)

This example has a blue circular dial with baton markers and centre seconds in steel case on a Rolex bracelet. It is being sold complete with two spare links, manual, leather wallet and fitted case and is estimated at £800-£1,000.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:06:39 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Carlo Giuliano was an Italian goldsmith and jeweller who operated in London in the 19th Century. Known for his unique enamel work, Giuliano is believed to have been the creator of a pendant with black and white enamel made as a mourning piece for the Queen upon the death of Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria. Giuliano used various enamel techniques which were widely used on jewellery pieces like his popular lonzenge-shaped pendants. You can find one of these pendants in our quarterly fine sale on 3rd July 2013 (FS19/156).

 

  a carlo giuliano gold, garnet and seed pearl pendant (fs19/156)

 A Carlo Giuliano gold, garnet and seed pearl pendant (FS19/156)

The pendant on offer in the quarterly fine sale is a late 19th Century enamelled gold, garnet and seed pearl example of openwork foliate scroll design, which is decorated with enamel in shades of green, black and white. It has two suspended seed pearl drops and a central single demantoid garnet. The reverse of the pendant displays the makers plaque 'C & A G' for Carlo and Arthur Giuliano. Contained in its original red leather fitted case this pendant is expected to fetch £700-£900 when it is offered for sale in the fine jewellery auction of our Summer Fine Sale starting on 3rd July 2013 at our Okehampton Street Salerooms in  Exeter, Devon.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:07:28 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 a cabochon sapphire and diamond mounted bracelet (fs19/152)

A cabochon sapphire and diamond mounted bracelet (FS19/152)

This cabochon sapphire and diamond mounted bracelet (FS19/152) is being auctioned in the Fine Jewellery Auction that is part of our quarterly fine sale being held in Exeter in Devon on 3rd July 2013 with a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,200.

The sapphires within this bracelet have been shaped and polished as opposed to being faceted, resulting in a convex top with a flat bottom. This type of cut is known as 'cabochon' can also be applied to rubies, emeralds and garnets.
The sapphire is part of the 'corundum' gem variety, the other two being  ruby and padparadshca. Sapphires can be found in many colours including grey and black, the most well-known being blue. Fancy sapphire colours such as pink sapphires are popular at auction and deepen in colour as the quantity of chronium increases. The deeper the pink, the higher their value. 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:44:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 24, 2013

Today Montblanc forms part of the Richemont group that includes the luxury brands Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Baume et Mercier. The Montblanc brand sells a variety of products including pens, watches and jewellery, with the Montblanc 'Writers Edition' of pens being quite profitable. These Montblanc pens are launched each year, commemorating the life and work of a particular writer.

Our quarterly fine auction of jewellery will be held as part of our quarterly fine sale on 3rd July 2013 at our Exeter salerooms in Okehampton Street includes a couple of Montblanc fountain pens.

The first of these is a black and blue marble effect pen (FS19/145), which is inscribed Edgar A Poe and numbered 15208/17000. The nib is stamped Montblanc 1998 4810 750 18k and it is contained within a fitted case with international service certificate book. It has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

 

 montblanc black and blue marble effect fountain pen (fs19/145)

Montblanc black and blue marble effect fountain pen (FS19/145)

The second montblanc item in the fine jewellery auction is a black and amber fountain pen inscribed F Schiller. Again, it is numbered, 08038/18000 and the nib is stamped Montblanc 2000 4810 750 18k. This pen also has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300

a montblanc black and amber fountain pen (fs19/146)

A Montblanc black and amber fountain pen (FS19/146)

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Monday, June 24, 2013 10:17:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl and are coloured green by small amounts of chromium. Although emeralds rate highly on Moh’s scale at 7.5-8, they are generally highly included and so their resistance to breakage is considered to be poor.

Emeralds are graded like diamonds by the four C’s of connoisseurship: Colour, Cut, Clarity and Crystal, whereas with other gemstones the most important factor is colour. An emerald’s crystal (or transparency) is equally important. A really good emerald must have a good colour, as well as a good transparency.

The fine jewellery auction which will be held within our quarterly fine sale on 3rd July 2013 at the Exeter Saleroom in Okehampton Street includes some choice pieces assembled by our jewellery department.

Amongst these, there is an emerald and diamond mounted pear shaped pendant (FS19/151), which has a central pear shaped emerald measuring approximately 14.5mm long x 10mm wide in a rub over setting, within a surround of brilliant cut diamonds.

 

an emerald and diamond pendant (fs19/151)

An emerald and diamond pendant (FS19/151)


This stunning piece of jewellery is estimated to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Also within the same sale, there is an emerald and diamond mounted oval brooch (FS19/155), with central emerald cut emerald within a petal surround of old brilliant cut diamonds in millegrain settings.

 

 emerald and diamond mounted brooch (fs19/155)

Emerald and diamond mounted brooch (FS19/155)

This delicate brooch carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,200-£1,500.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 10:04:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Monday, June 17, 2013 3:07:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Monday, June 17, 2013 2:39:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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 Monday, June 03, 2013

Carlo Giuliano was the foremost amongst revivalist jewellers in Europe. His jewellery became popular in the late 19th Century and he was known as the 'true Michelangelo of jewellers'. Giuliano was skilled at enamel and used opaque enamel to create delicate black and white designs within his pieces. This open work pendant  being offered through the jewellery department in the quarterly fine jewellery auction on 3rd July 2013 shown below is a good example of his skilled enamelling and precise detail.

 

 a carlo guiliano pendant (fs19/156)

A Carlo Guiliano pendant (FS19/156)

This stunning late 19th Century enamelled gold, garnet and seed-pearl pendant in original red leather fitted cased is expected to fetch £700-£900 when it goes under the hammer in the quarterly fine jewellery auction on 3rd July 2013 in Okehampton Street, Exeter.

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Monday, June 03, 2013 10:12:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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