The Winter Fine Jewellery, Silver and Watches Sale
Posted in: News on December 12, 2017.
It’s not often that you meet a jewel that stops you in its tracks. But this 30 carat cushion-cut sapphire pendant (£4000-6000), selling at Dawson’s on the 16th of December, is certainly one of them. Consigned from a private collection, the large gem is accompanied by a gemmological report stating it is natural with no indications of heat treating. Who do you love enough to treat this exquisite jewel to? The answer can be yourself…
A strong selection of Art Deco but more importantly Art Deco Revival jewellery hints (we hope!) at a 20’s revival coming up in a couple of years. With a large selection of this gorgeous jewellery on offer you’ll really be prepared for a swingin’ 2020! Original Art Deco items include a stunning white gold, diamond and emerald composite necklace (£3000-4000), suspended with two square-cut emeralds surrounded by round and baguette-cut diamonds and centred with a later emerald and diamond cluster pendant or brooch. A white gold and diamond bracelet (£600-800) and brooch (£1200-1500), both with pave-set diamonds are also well worth looking at. Adorn yourself with these and you’ll look the bee’s knees!
On the Art Deco Revival front we have a diamond and ruby drop pendant necklace (£2000-2500) as well as an 18ct white gold, diamond, ruby and onyx drop pendant necklace (£2000-2500). A yellow gold and diamond brooch (£1200-1500) and a pair of diamond and onyx earrings (£3000-3500) are also firm office favourites. In the Art Deco style as well is a collection of Lea Stein brooches (ranging from £40-120).
Although Stein’s distinctive style often leads people to mistakenly date her work to the 1920s, she was working in the second half ofthe 20th century. Stein developed an interest in plastic in the mid 1960’s and worked with her husband, the chemist Fernand Steinberger, to develop a process of layering very thin sheets of cellulose acetate and then cutting them into shape. This technique allowed her to insert different fabrics, colours and textures into the plastic, creating fun and individual designs.
Art Deco or Art Deco Revival; the option’s yours – wear history, or make it.
Top antique pieces include a late 19th / early 20th century yellow gold and imperial topaz cross pendant (£800-1200), centred with a square-cut topaz of approximately 2.2 carats. Imperial topaz, the least common of all the naturally occurring types of the stone, is for this reason also known as ‘precious topaz’. It is the most sought after of the natural topaz and got its name from the Russian Tsars of the seventeenth century, as they claimed exclusive rights to the pink topaz gemstones that were mined in the country.
Another interesting antique lot in this sale is an Edwardian 9ct yellow gold, black enamel and seed pearl mourning ring engraving with the initials ‘TBC’ (£50-70). Perhaps it would go well with a pair of Victorian yellow metal mounted woven hair earrings (£120-150 as part of a group). Both are certain to become conversation pieces, for a slightly macabre Christmas dinner!
One lovely Victorian piece is the lava cameo necklace comprising of nineteen graduated oval cameos depicting classical females in profile (£200-300). This would compliment the yellow metal and rock crystal intaglio brooch from the same period, set with a rounded intaglio carving depicting a classical Roman profile (£150-180).
We have a number of beautiful emeralds, including an 18 ct yellow gold, diamond and emerald cluster ring (£1200-1500) set with an emerald weighing approximately 8.40 carats. A pair of early 20th century white gold, diamond and emerald drop earrings would make the perfect accompaniment (£1500-2000).
Peridot is currently going up in value, but you have every opportunity to find the best Christmas deal with us, with eight peridot items ranging from £50 to £200.
If jewellery isn’t your chosen adornment, we have a great selection of watches on offer. Top lot in this sale is a rare IWC International Watch Company ‘Jacque Costeau’ Aquatimer automatic wristwatch, this is a rare opportunity to get your hands on this not often seen timepiece. (£7000-8000). A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic wristwatch with mother-of-pearl dial, diamond indexes and fluted gold bezel is another top lot (£3000-3500), as is the Breitling Navitimer stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with rotating pilots computer bezel (£2200-2500).
Viewing is this Friday 15th from 10am to 8pm with champagne and mince pies. The auction starts at 10am on Saturday 16th December. We look forward to seeing you in the saleroom.