The Fine Jewellery auction at Dreweatts, Donnington Priory on Thursday 9th July has been carefully curated from private collections across Europe. Spanning nearly 2000 years of jewellery design and history, the sale features sparkling, enviable stones, with a comprehensive collection of designer pieces from Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.
The crowning glory of the sale are two beautiful rings, a 7.82 carat Colombian emerald and diamond ring [Lot 544, est. £30,000-50,000] and a 4.73 carat step diamond mounted ring by Van Cleef & Arpels [Lot 542, est. £50,000-80,000].
Also from Van Cleef & Arpels are a pair of 1970s diamond clip earrings that were purchased by the current owner from Van Cleef & Arpels in Monaco, the pair are estimated to achieve £8,000-12,000 [Lot 540] and for buyers with more taste is a mother of pearl Alhambra necklace and ear clips, also by Van Cleef & Arpels estimated at £3,500-4,500 [Lot 537].
The ever desirable haute jewellery atelier Bulgari is well represented in the auction with 12 lots; prices start at £500 for a pair of B.Zero 1 hooped earrings [Lot 513] to £6,000 for an exceptional and rare suite set with diamonds and shagreen [Lot 522].
The post war period is extremely well represented with a rare early piece from Graff dated 1974 [Lot 381, est. £4,000-6,000]; a fabulous 1960’s owl brooch from Cartier London [Lot 416, est. £8,000-12,000]; a 12 carat sapphire and diamond ring from Mario Buccellati [Lot 420, est. £8,000-12,000] and two scarab set dress rings from the Roman jeweller Masenza by Franco Cannilla [Lot 438, £1,200-1,800]; a gold and ivory competition piece from Gubelin [Lot 421, est. £3,000-5,000] and 1980s jewellery design from Hong Kong by the leading Hong Kong designer Trio [Lots 439, est. £1,500-2,000 and 440, est. £700-1,000].
The sale also features a comprehensive selection of fine antique, period and estate jewellery with pieces from the late 17th century to the early 20th century, including the most sought after names in jewellery history – Carlo and Arthur Giuliano [Lot 333, est. £8,000-1,200] and Alessandro Castellani [Lot 334, £2,000-3,000].