All that Glitters in October
Posted in: News on October 19, 2018.
Our jewellery department is always a highlight of the auction, and this month sees a glittering display of some truly remarkable gemstones. Lot 644 is a rare Songea sapphire ring – surrounded with diamonds, this 5 carat red sapphire is a particularly unusual gemstone, flashing with a deep red and orange fire. Mined in South-Western Tanzania, this sapphire is as rare as it is lovely, and comes with a certificate for the sapphire. The mount is set with round-cut diamonds, and sparkles beautifully by day or night!
Whilst diamonds have been the popular choice for engagement rings, anniversary rings, and even cocktail rings for a long time, coloured gemstones are enjoying a new lease of life and discovery, especially since the Princess Eugenie chose an unusual Padparadscha sapphire engagement ring. If your taste runs to sapphires of a more traditionally popular colour, lot 640 is a beautiful ring, set with an impressive natural, unheated blue sapphire of over 7 carats, surrounded with diamonds, with a contemporary shaped ring, the shank with a fashionable corned finish. For a more classic style, we have lot 707, a yellow gold and diamond cluster ring centred with a bright blue sapphire of 1.20 carats – or visit the other end of the colour spectrum, and try lot 718, a yellow sapphire surrounded with eye-catching vivid yellow diamonds. A wonderfully contemporary style of ring, yellow sapphires have become increasingly popular since the recent high-profile sales of fancy yellow diamonds, to which they bear more than a passing resemblance.
Jewellery collectors have always sought unusual named pieces, and lot 674 and 675 tick every box – a gorgeous pendant and ring by Georg Jensen, purchased a few years ago for around £2500 in Copenhagen. Jensen designs always combine luxury materials and exquisite workmanship; an up-to-date style which is bound to become a classic, and set with unusually faceted aquamarines for that extra special style! At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have lot 720, a marvellously detailed gold and garnet Victorian bracelet, set with a raspberry red cabochon garnet, and decorated with turquoise forget-me-nots, a popular floral motif of Victorian jewellery. A piece just as wearable as the year it was made, and still in its original fitted case – the perfect gift for yourself, or a loved one!
Sometimes there are more beautiful colours underneath the earth’s surface than there are above! Lot 676 is a prime example, a fine and impressive diamond and emerald pendant, set with a natural emerald of over 9.0 carats, a beautiful glowing green certified emerald surrounded with bright-cut diamonds; the larger the stone, the more eye-catching, and this fabulous white gold pendant has already gathered lots of admiration!
We also have an array of ‘everyday’ rings and cocktail rings, set with all sorts of gorgeous gemstones, ranging from the classic ruby and sapphire examples, to eternity rings, and rarer gemstones such as apatite, tanzanite, and tsavorite. Viewing is on Friday 26th October and we look forward to seeing you there.
Any queries, please contact our Head of Jewellery, Rachel Hutchinson: