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GEMOLOGUE JEWELLERY CURATION BONHAMS AUCTION HOUSE: KNIGHTSBRIDGE JEWELS AUCTION
What an honour it is to be asked by Bonhams auction house to curate some beautiful jewellery pieces from their Knightsbridge Jewels auction. So many stunning jewels to choose from at amazing prices. I can’t wait to show you my favourite picks and give you the first glimpse of some of the priceless treasures up for auction at Knightsbridge Jewels (July 14, 11:00 BST).
You can bid online by registering in advance on the Bonhams jewelry auction website. It only takes a few moments. You will need to send a copy of your documents, as well as proof of address. Then you’re all set to bid online. Early bids can be placed before the auction opens on July 14th.
Experience the thrill of the auction, as bids are placed and other buyers bid against you. For anyone who loves online shopping, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s the perfect Sunday activity for anyone looking for one-of-kind jewellery pieces at affordable prices.
As I was looking through the auction catalogue, I noticed how many pieces were suited to everyday jewellery, as well as statement brooches that are perfect for the corporate world and starting your own collection. These are the pieces that stood out to me and made it into my jewellery curation.
As our fashion needs change, so too does the way we wear jewellery. Layering is still very much in vogue, but it has to be delicate, wearable and so comfortable it feels like a part of us and an extension of our wardrobe.
I love vintage jewellery and have a long-standing passion for it. I think auctions are the most sustainable way of purchasing jewellery. Who needs to buy new or synthetic diamonds, when you can carry a legacy of dazzling gems that have travelled across the globe looking for a new home.
Lot 72: VHERNIER: CHALCEDONY ‘BISQUIT’ RING AND PAIR OF CHALCEDONY ‘PLATEAU’ EARCLIPS
Description: Sculptural design ring and earclip set adorned with a cabochon chalcedony, signed Vhernier, ring size O½, earclip length 3.0cm.
A bargain at the price! This Italian jewellery brand always puts me in a Milan mood and the summery colours lift me up. As a jewellery aficionado, it has been a long-standing dream of mine to have Vhernier in my jewellery collection. This set makes my soul sing. If you’re not familiar with this brand, I urge you to visit the stylish boutique of VHERNIER in Milan on Via MonteNapoleone. If you are familiar with this brand, you’ll know it is truly something special and not to be missed.
Lot 142: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS: THREE DIAMOND AND GEM-SET RINGS
Description: V-shaped set of rings featuring a step-cut ruby, emerald and sapphire set with brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.05cts total). Includes maker’s mark VCA, numbered and French assay mark. Ring size J to K.
This must-have set of vintage Van Cleef rings set with colourful gemstones – ruby, emerald and sapphire – would complement any wardrobe and look incredible worn together. You just might have to outbid me on these rings. There is a maker’s mark VCA, which makes me confident that I am investing in something special which will hold its value over time.
Lot 146: FRED: DIAMOND-SET RING
Description: Tension-set with an oval-cut diamond approx. 0.40ct, signed Fred, French assay mark, ring size approx. L
If I’m lucky in my bidding for the Cartier tension ring, then this Fred diamond tension ring is a must-have. What a beautiful pair they would make! Two iconic and timeless jewellery brands for a fraction of the cost. I repeat: DO NOT BID on this ring. I’m having it all for myself!
Lot 195: CARTIER: EMERALD-SET RING
Description: Tension-set with an oval-cut emerald, signed Cartier Paris, maker’s mark, French assay mark, ring size approx. M
You won’t find a decent, contemporary fine jewellery ring online in this price range. An incredible price for a wearable, emerald Cartier ring. I think I’ll keep this one quiet and not tell anyone about it. I want to keep it all to myself. So DO NOT BID!
Lot 215: DIAMOND SINGLE-STONE RING
Description: Set with a brilliant-cut diamond approx. 1.80cts, ring size approx. L
A beautiful diamond in a timeless setting to celebrate any occasion. The perfect engagement ring at an amazing price.
Lot 229: DIAMOND TWO-STONE RING
Description: Two brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing 1.65 carats and 1.63 carats, obliquely set between trifurcated shoulders, diamonds 3.28cts total, ring size approx. L½ (leading edge)
A unique setting made of three strips of gold, the trifurcated shoulders in this diamond ring create movement and vivaciousness. I cannot stop admiring the curves of this engagement ring. So fluid and feminine. It truly is something special. Perfect for that surprise proposal. So look no further. This ring is bound to be snatched up by some adoring suitor.
Lot 18: PIAGET: GEM-SET LAMB BROOCH, CIRCA 1965
Description: Textured lamb with black enamel nose and hooves, accented with a ruby cabochon and brilliant-cut diamond eye, carrying a coral corallium rubrum and circular-cut emerald flower in its mouth, signed Piaget, French assay marks, length 4.7cm
Would love to wear this collectable Piaget brooch to The World Economic Forum! Not necessarily as a symbol of peace and innocence, but as a gentle, highly intelligent soul that is full of surprises. So many ways to interpret the lamb’s meaning and symbolism. You can let your imagination go wild with brooches. The perfect adornment to wear to your next business meeting.
Lot 90: CHAUMET: MULTI GEM-SET SPRAY BROOCH, MID 20TH CENTURY
Description: Set with a central cushion-shaped morganite, decorated with turquoise cabochons and vari-coloured gemstones, signed Chaumet, maker’s marks JC, French assay marks, length 9.4cm
A true treasure at an unbelievable price, this Chaumet brooch with its stunning morganite gemstone taking centre stage is sure to make a statement. An unforgettable and unique find. Chaumet is the Maison of nobility with an incredible 240-year history. Every jewellery box should have at least one Chaumet piece.
Lot 223: SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND HEART-SHAPED BROOCH/PENDANT
Description: Set throughout with circular-cut sapphires and a central old-brilliant-cut diamond, mounted in blackened silver and gold, detachable brooch fitting, length 2.1cm
Supremely vintage in its setting and metalwork, and oh-so precious and desirable to my eye, what a powerful statement this heart brooch would make and the colour of those sapphires! Simply stunning! Best of all, this piece can be worn as a brooch or a pendant. Fabulous!
Lot 35: SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CRESCENT BROOCH, CIRCA 1890
Description: Set graduated cushion and circular-cut sapphires and old brilliant and cushion-cut diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, length 6.5cm
A beautiful, sapphire crescent moon to symbolise womanhood, fertility, intuitiveness and empowerment. Perfect for the boardroom or the finest dining room, this brooch sparkles with exquisitely set gemstones in varying cuts and sizes to add depth and dimension to this alluring piece.
Lot 84: CULTURED PEARL AND DIAMOND EARCLIPS, CIRCA 1960
Description: Each drop-shaped ropetwist and single-cut diamond earclip is set with an 8.0mm cultured pearl, diamonds approx. 1.00ct total, length 3.1cm
The 1960s was a special time for jewellery. I just love the shape of these earrings – so elegant with its layers of twisted-rope chain, accented with a single pearl and embellished with diamonds. There’s real movement and life in these sculptural earrings. Be still my heart!
Lot 113: MARGHERITA BURGENER: PINK SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND-SET EARRINGS
Description: Elongated open hoop design, pavé-set to the front with circular-cut pink sapphires and brilliant-cut diamond accents, signed Margherita Burgener, maker’s mark MB, length 4.0cm, maker’s case and box.
These Margherita Burgener sophisticated statement earrings exquisitely hug the ear and are a beautiful addition to the expressive, self-confident woman’s jewellery box. With pavé-set pink sapphire and diamonds, you’re sure to sparkle in these earrings.
Lot 218: GRAFF: SAPPHIRE EARRINGS
Description: Set throughout with pear-shaped sapphires, weighing 16.94 carats total, mounted in 18 carat white gold, signed Graff, numbered 39463, maker’s mark GD, partial London hallmark, European Convention mark, length 2.8cm
Luxurious and versatile, the colour and quality of these sapphires is remarkable. Graff is known for their refined elegance, sleek lines and sumptuous beauty. With a very modern setting, these earrings would look amazing worn with jeans or an evening dress.
Lot 179: CURB-LINK BRACELET, CIRCA 1950
Description: Curb-link chain with suspending globe charm, length approx. 17.0cm
For all you globetrotters and 50s fans, you’re going to love this gold statement chain. Seen recently on fashion’s famous catwalks, you would never know this piece was crafted in the 1950s. Timeless! Adorned with a globe charm, don’t even get me started! I am obsessed! That just sealed the deal for this consummate traveller! I am definitely bidding on this magic.
Lot 145: CARTIER: ‘C DE CARTIER’ FANCY-LINK BRACELET
Description: Circular-mesh linking bracelet with a clasp of interlocking ‘C’ motifs, signed Cartier, numbered, maker’s mark, French assay mark, length 18.0cm
If you’re on top of the latest jewellery trends, then you’ve surely heard about the one that never goes out of a style: a gold statement chain. Adding a gold chain to your jewellery collection has been on the minds of many jewellery lovers! It is the final touch to your personal wardrobe. But the question is, how do you invest in a sustainable piece that won’t break the bank? My answer will always be: vintage, vintage Cartier! Nothing says trendy and timeless like Cartier!
Bonhams Knightsbridge Jewels begins on July 14 at 11:00 BST. Which jewels will you be bidding on? Let me know in the comments below.
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