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Rachel Littlewood is the Operations Director at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. She is based at Exeter in Devon.
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, May 21, 2013

French for 'Beautiful Era', Belle Epoque was a period in French and Belgian history and the brooch illustrated below is a typical example of the type of jewellery produced at this time.

 a stunning belle epoque brooch (fs18/235) sold for £3200

A stunning Belle Epoque brooch (FS18/235) Sold for £3200

The 'invisible' setting of this brooch is enabled by the strength of the platinum which compliments the lightness of fashion through out this era.
Diamonds were favoured for being set in platinum for their white-on-white colour scheme, and sense of refined elegance and luxury.

This particular brooch was offered in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's fine jewellery auction on 24th April 2013 and realised £3,200.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:21:50 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Georg Jensen (1866-1935) was a Danish silversmith. He began his training as a goldsmith at the age of 14 in Copenhagen.

Jensen had always wanted to be a sculptor, which is what he studied at the Royal Academy. He graduated in 1892 and he then began to exhibit his work. He found making a living out of sculpture extremely difficult, so he moved towards the applied arts and ceramics. In 1901, he began again working as a silversmith and in 1904 opened his own silversmithy in Copenhagen. Georg Jensens Art Noveau designs became very popular and well received and his outlet in Copenhagen expanded rapidly and by the end of the 1920s, Jensen had opened outlets in New York, London, Berlin, Paris and Stockholm.

Georg Jensen died in 1935 and although he was a great fan of the Art Nouveau style, he had also allowed his designers a great deal of freedom of expression, which helped his company keep up with the times and progress in the future.


georg jensen pendant (fs18/212)

Georg Jensen Pendant (FS18/212)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood sold a lovely piece of Georg Jensen in the quarterly fine jewellery auction in April 2013 in our Exeter salerooms in Devon (FS18/212) - illustrated above.  It was a silver oval pendant, of foliate design suspending a long drop. The piece was stamped Georg Jensen 925S Denmark 40 and had import marks for London 1976. This stylish pendant sold for £680 when it went under the hammer in the fine jewellery auction.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:16:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sapphire, which in Greek translates as blue stone, is a gemstone variety of the the mineral corundum, which is an aluminium oxide.


 sapphire and diamond ring (fs18/243)

Sapphire and diamond ring (FS18/243)

Small trace amounts of other elements such as copper, iron, titanium and chromium gives the corundum a blue, purple, yellow, orange or green colour to the sapphire. Sapphires may be found naturally. They can also be manufactured. Sapphires are incredibly hard, measuring 9 on the Mohs scale and because of this they are used for many applications, such as components in scientific instruments and synthetic sapphires are used for shatter resistant windows in armoured vehicles!

The cost of natural sapphires varies depending on their colour, cut, general overall quality and size and although sapphires have many practical uses they are also commonly used for jewellery and decoration and we see them regularly in our fine jewellery auctions.

Sapphires can be found in all types of jewellery and vary in colour and size. This brooch  illustrated below in particular is mounted with a pink sapphire and is included in the next fine jewellery auction on 3rd July 2013.


 a pink sapphire and diamond bar brooch (fs19)

A pink sapphire and diamond bar brooch (FS19)

Pink sapphires deepen in colour as the quantity of chromium increases, the deeper the pink colour, the higher the value.  Pink Sapphires over one carat are extremely rare and are subsequently quite expensive. A sapphire which is pink can sometimes be so pink that it can be a ruby. 

Pink gem set jewellery is currently very saleable in fine jewellery auctions. Pink topaz and pink sapphires being the most sought after at auction.

This beautiful example is being offered for sale in the quarterly fine jewellery sale on 3rd July 2013.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:39:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 01, 2013

You may remember me blogging last month about the lovely quality Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariners wristwatch that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood had coming up for sale on 24th April 2013 in the Quartlery Fine Art Sale in Exeter, Devon.

 the rolex perpetual date submariner wristwatch

 The Rolex Perpetual Date Submariner Wristwatch

Sold for £6,200

This quality piece by Rolex exceeded all expectations when it realised £6,100. There were internet bidders and telephone bidders and many people in the auction room in Exeter. It really was a stunning wristwatch, in superb condition and with its original certificate, booklet and translation and in its original fitted Rolex case, it is no wonder this superb wristwatch was in such demand. It was a stunning example of the Rolex Perpetual Date Submariner Wristwatch.

There are some good pieces of jewellery coming up for auction in the next Quarterly Fine Sale in Exeter on 3rd/4th July 2013, so keep your eyes peeled for a sneak preview in due course.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013 10:48:13 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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