Antique Jewelry



"Period and Aristocratic Antique Jewels"
antique diamond tiara

Sothebys London Fine Jewels Auction on Wednesday 13th July 2011 will present for sale a wide variety of wonderful antique jewels from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Comprising 288 lots and estimated to raise in excess of £1.7 million, the sale presents a selection of period jewels and antique jewels including a beautiful Diamond Tiara from the 1920s (shown above) and from a Ducal House as well as signed jewels by notable designers such as Repossi, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany’s & Co. and Boucheron.


antique pinAntique Jewels:

Highlighting the 19th century jewels in the sale is An Opal and Diamond Corsage Ornament (illustrated left), from the mid-19th Century, which was formerly in the collection of Doña Maria Cristina of Bourbon, Princess of the Two Sicilies (Widow of King Ferdinand VII of Spain) Queen Regent of Spain. Designed as a series of ribbons and leaves and a central cabochon opal within a floral border, and set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, suspending a series of four tassels similarly set, it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.


antique ringA further highlight is a Gold, Gem Set And Diamond Bangle (illustrated right & below), from the mid-19th century, which is estimated at £3,000-5,000. The antique hinged locket bangle applied with cabochon rubies and emeralds, is highlighted with circular-cut diamonds, and applied with a monogram "E A" surmounted by a crown, opening to reveal two hand tinted photographs of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This was presented by Queen Alexandra to Maud, Marchioness of Lansdowne.


Illustrated below is a Gold and Enamel Bracelet from the mid-19th Century. Designed as a series of curved panels, set with oval polychrome enamels, each depicting a lady in the traditional dress of their Swiss Canton. From left to right the Cantons depicted are: Zürich, Berne, Lucerne, Glaris, Soleure, Zug, Appenzell, Argovie, Thurgovie, Vaud and Valais. It is estimated at £3,500 - 4,500.

antique bracelet

20th Century Jewels:

antique broochOne of the most important 20th century antique jewels to be included for sale is a Gold and Enamel Brooch, Réne Lalique, circa 1900 (illustrated right). Designed as two stylised anemone stems, the flower petals are formed from frosted moulded glass with blue centers and the leaves in green plique-à-jour and translucent opalescent enamel, signed Lalique. Réne Lalique was a master at recreating nature in fine jewels using delicate enamel work to imitate the translucency of light passing through a dragonfly wing or, in this case, the leaf of a flowering plant. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

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Also from the 20th Century are a selection of Mazenza Jewels (illustrated above), including a Coral, Gem-Set And Diamond Brooch, Afro, Mazenza, estimated at £3,500-5,200 and a Collection of Gem-Set Jewels, Afro, Cannila, Mazenza, estimated at £3,500- 5,200.

antique jewelry

Illustrated above is a Pair of Diamond ‘Caroline’ Ear Pendants, Repossi, each of articulated design, suspending series of lozenge shaped panels, set to the centre with step-cut diamonds, surrounded by brilliant-cut stones. This lot is estimated at £20,000-30,000.