Skinner Jewelry Auction Set for March 15th in Boston

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am, Skinner Inc. will conduct a sale of fine jewelry in its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza. The one day auction of over 700 lots will include antique, period and contemporary jewelry from famous makers such as Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and David Webb.

Highlighting the auction is an important 7.16 carat pear-shaped diamond ring, mounted in platinum by Cartier, accompanied by a GIA report stating the diamond is D color and VVS1 clarity. The ring comes from a New Jersey collector and is estimated at $500,000 and $700,000.

Featured on the auction catalogue cover, an Art Deco platinum, jade and diamond bracelet by Seaman Schepps has been valued between $15,000 and $25,000. The five-strand jade bead bracelet is highlighted by diamonds totaling 4.25 carats, fluted rock crystal, and onyx.

A collection of antique and period jewelry comes from a New Hampshire estate and includes a large antique aquamarine and diamond cross pendant set in gold by the French maker Mellerio Dits Meller, a name rarely seen at auction, with an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000. From the same collection is a silver-gilt and enamel box made by Feodor Ruckert, a Russian craftsman who produced work for Faberge, valued at $15,000 and $20,000, and a gold and jadeite necklace made by Tiffany & Co., circa 1930’s valued at $2,500 and $3,500.

The sale features a number of artist-signed pieces, including a pair of Marilyn Cooperman ear pendants valued at $3,500 – $4,500; a pair of gold, lapis and coral ear clips from Aldo Cipullo for Cartier valued at $2,000 to $4,000; a “Kinetic” gold ring by Pol Bury estimated at $4,000 to $6,000; an 18kt gold “Bow Tie” necklace by Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000; and a pair of gold and diamond cuff bracelets by David Webb valued at $4,000 to $6,000.

Jadeite is currently very sought after as well as precious colored gemstones of fine quality in large sizes. The auction will include a double-strand jadeite bead necklace estimated at $15,000 to $20,000; and a platinum and ruby ring, set with emerald-cut ruby weighing 11.06, valued at $35,000 to $45,000.

The auction will include more than twenty lots of cufflinks from a Massachusetts estate, by famous makers Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. Estimated value of the cufflink lots range between $300 and $1,200.

Previews and Special Events
Previews will be held on Sunday, March 13th, 2011 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and Monday, March 14th, 2011 from 12:00 to 7:00 pm. In conjunction with the fine jewelry auction preview, Skinner Inc. will host a Jewelry Clinic on Sunday, March 13th, 2011 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm with Mr. Hagop Matossian from Bostonian Jewelers. Mr. Matossian is an expert in antique and period jewelry restoration, known for his laser restoration techniques, and will be available for individual consultations concerning items in the auction.

Catalogs and Bidding
Illustrated catalog #2539B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at (508)970-3240 or at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. At, users may also view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc is one of the world’s leading auction houses. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world. Skinner auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Providing a broad range of auction and appraisal services, Skinner is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner appraisal experts are frequently featured on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow. Specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit

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