A rare Madagascan Sapphire discovered at Dawson’s
Posted in: News on December 21, 2017.
The Winter Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver, and Fashion sale at Dawson’s was as much of a success as we had predicted – and more! The saleroom glowed with fairy lights, decorations, and most importantly over 450 carefully selected lots of jewellery in a wide range of prices and styles. Over 400 bidders vied with each other during the day for some truly spectacular gemstones. The viewing day was great fun, with glasses of champagne and platters of mince pies being enjoyed by all our visitors, whilst they were encouraged to try on the jewellery, watches, and designer fashion. Perfumes, silk scarves, and all sorts of silver item were also featured, carefully selected with Christmas in mind.
The star of the day was undoubtedly a large certified untreated Madagascan sapphire of over 30 carats, its beautiful shade of blue gathering admiration from all over the world – auctioneer and head of jewellery Rachel Hutchinson oversaw fierce bidding from the room and several telephone lines, finally bringing the hammer down on a bid of £26,000. The owners were delighted, as were the Dawson’s team.
Other impressive results included a late 19th century diamond and pearl tiara from an extensive private collection, which sold for £6,000 plus premium. An exquisite pair of Russian gold and enamel cufflinks by Carl Faberge went well above their estimate for £4,000 plus premium, whilst a pair of diamond and sapphire drop earrings with unusually-shaped diamonds, of fine quality, achieved a price of £2,000. The winner of a rare antique cross pendant set with Imperial
Topaz (in its original fitted case), saw off the competition with a final bid of £3400. Emeralds are proving themselves popular across the jewellery world, and the results at Dawson’s reflect this; a large emerald and diamond ring set with an 8 carat emerald achieved a winning bid of £2,800, whilst a diamond and emerald necklace from the same collection was sold for £3,700. A popular item on everyone’s Christmas wish list was our lovely antique diamond and ruby sweetheart brooch; with hands going up all over the room, the gavel finally fell well above estimate at £3,100. Diamonds proved to be the classic choice, with plenty of diamond rings, pendants, and bracelets off to new homes. One of our favourite lots was an early 20th century platinum and diamond 3 carat ring set with three old cut diamonds, the winner seeing off the competition with a bid of £3,400.
The increasingly buoyant wristwatch market was on show and a bid of £2,800 secured a Rolex Datejust wristwatch with mother-of-pearl dial. A Breitling Navitimer pilots watch sold for £2,200 and two Omega Speedmasters sold for £1,200 and £1,500 respectively, whilst an 18ct gold Jaeger le Coultre dress watch sold for £1,300. A selected department of designer fashion, handbags, and shoes attracted a great deal of attention and enthusiasm, especially in the run-up to the Christmas party season! Dior, Chanel, and Prada were amongst the many designer labels flying out of the door, including a classic Pucci coat for £240, and various gorgeous pairs of designer shoes including Louboutin, Miu Miu, Roger Vivier, and more.
The sale was a crowning achievement to finish Dawson’s first year, during which we have held fifteen spectacular sales ranging from fine art and antiques to rare books, fine wines, jewellery, 20th century deign and more. We warmly wish all of our clients and friends who have supported us a very happy Christmas, and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!