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Leslie Hindman Auction: September Sale is INCREDIBLE

Leslie Hindman: Lot 87

You'll be enchanted forever by this ring, up for bid at Leslie Hindman Auction in Chicago, IL -- this is lot 87 in the three-day bidding extravaganza.

Leslie Hindman: Lot 377 Leslie Hindman: Lot 378 Leslie Hindman: Lot 379 Leslie Hindman: Lot 380

Four mesmerizing opals are on the block at Leslie Hindman, day one, and they come back-to-back in lots 377-380. Get your bidding paddles up!

Earlier this year, I got the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers jewelry headquarters in Chicago, IL. To say I've got some perspective on how an auction house runs is far from the truth, but I came away being able to put faces with names, insight into a typical day, and a brief intake of the enormous amount of sparkle the jewelry department works with. It was one of my most favorite experiences of this year! Now when I hear that Leslie Hindman has an upcoming auction this September (the 10th-12th to be exact) I have more context of the event, as they are excited to bring a three-day extravaganza with some heavy and hard-hitting bidding in the future. This three-day auction will feature over 1500 items of all price points and eras. If you like big and bold, Victorian or Modern, opals or rubies, they've got something for everyone.

Let's take a look at some of my top picks:

Leslie Hindman: Lot 6 Leslie Hindman: Lot 55

Lot 6: Nothing beats an Etruscan Revival basketweave wrap bracelet! This is such a fine example and I love the gemstones used on it--sapphire and diamonds! It gives it a cool look against the warm yellow gold. I also love the granulation work, in both excellent and ready-to-wear condition. This piece may date back to 1870, but never looked more trendy than on an elegant wrist in 2017. Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 55: Lately I've written several articles on engagement rings and I've been finding that women are wanting something traditional but with a twist!  This ring speaks volumes with just the small accent sapphires, as it makes the ring totally unique. The piece is Art Deco and set with a 3.24 carat Old European cut diamond in the center. Love the style and think it should belong to someone who will treasure it as an engagement ring. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

 

Leslie Hindman: Lot 68 Leslie Hindman: Lot 86

Lot 68: I've seen the benefits of purchasing pieces that are convertible and this is a fine example of a two-in-one! Meet the silver-topped diamond pendant/brooch of your dreams. This piece totals over five carats of old cut diamonds and radiates from every angle. I could picture it being worn on a chain or worn pinned to a collar. The possibilities are really endless. Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 86: The only kind of bugs I like are jewelled insects! This guy is one for the books--look how cute he is. Set with rose cut diamonds all-original to the piece and a jaw-dropping opal back. I love the detail on the textured gold legs and the ruby eyes. It's all in the details. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Leslie Hindman: Lot 111A Leslie Hindman: Lot 118

Lot 111A: Plique a jour is jewelry's version of stained glass and I must say, I don't own a single piece of this beautiful artform. These earrings though, should and would be the best first piece of plique a jour to add to my collection. I love the colors and I love the design. They are 18k yellow gold and feature 12 brilliant cut diamonds. Estimate: $500-700

Lot 118: This diamond and ruby ring stopped me in my tracks. Wow. It is done in platinum and set with a marquise cut in the center, with calibre French cut rubies and round diamond accents. It is pristinely made and you can see the remarkable craftsmanship even in the photo alone--now I want to see it in person! It could be yours on September 10th. Estimate: $4,500-6,500

 

Leslie Hindman: Lot 124 Leslie Hindman: Lot 300

Lot 124: This ring is so cool for so many reasons! Let's start with the fact that it has contrasting metals--rose gold and platinum. The design is also pretty amazing, and the different metals really play off this element. The rubies are actually different, if you already couldn't tell--one is synthetic and the other is genuine. Such a stunning ring. Estimate: $4,500-6,500

Lot 300: The coolest earrings I ever did see. These are actually diamond studs with detachable jackets that easily slip on/off the earring posts. There are four jackets total, so lots of possibilities here! And the style of these has never been more on-trend. Geometric and angular, love them. The diamond studs total 2.26 carats. Estimate: 3,000-5,000

 

 

Leslie Hindman: Lot 487 Leslie Hindman: Lot 509

Lot 487: I had to include this insane emerald ring because of its colossal size--then I read further and realized it is a piece by Judy Geib. A true artist who hand makes everything herself--fun fact: did you know she taught herself how to make jewelry? No formal training. Her pieces are known for their juxtapositions--like beauty and rawness, fine gold mixed with silver. Estimate: $4,500-6,500

Lot 509: Iconic and chic, I had to include this cuff bracelet from Verdura into my favorites list! It is easily recognizable as a Verdura statement piece. Done in 18k yellow gold, set with peridot, amethyst, and diamond and complete with the Maltese cross enameled in black. What a special bracelet. Estimate: 28,000-38,000

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Dupuis Important Jewelry Auction set for November 20th, 2016

Lot 29 Lot 37 Lot 68 Lot 71 Lot 92 Lot 110 Lot 322 Lot 323 Lot 386 Lot 387 Lot 433 Lot 455 Lot 461 Lot 464

My favorite Canadian auction house, Dupuis, is ready for their fall/winter sale which is set for November 20th, 2016. With over 550 lots of some of the most beautiful jewels you've ever seen! As per usual, I spent an entire afternoon perusing the auction catalog scoping out my favorites. My highlights are below, but make sure you browse the listings yourself because I had a hard time narrowing down my top choices. My weekend checklist includes registering/signing up for the auction and sharpening my pencil, figuring out my highest bids. I wish their Toronto headquarters was closer so I could view the jewels live in person. But luckily I can bid from the comfort of my home and you can too!

Dupuis Important Jewels Auction >> November 20th, 2016

Lot 29: Right off the bat, I opened up my catalog to this amazing elongated ring. It hits all the right points for an absolute favorite for me. The piece is 1920s Art Deco filigree applied to a later 14k yellow gold band. The diamonds are all-original Old European cuts and the sapphire accents are really special. Estimate: $600-900

Lot 37: Emeralds have been catching my attention lately and this ring is no exception. Weighing in at approximately 4.75 carats it holds its own. Diamonds surround the center stone, complementing it well with over a half carat of colorless sparkle. The ring is done in platinum and 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $1,950-2,700

Lot 68: Futuristic and modern in every way, this ring is set with a triangular trillion cut diamond that is approximately 1.50 carats. Clean lines and a simple setting finish off the ring done in platinum. The crease down the center of the metal is everything. Estimate: $5,625-7,125

Lot 71: I know smoking cigarettes is not considered cool anymore, but this 1940s cigarette case is a whole new level of cool, and you don't even need to put cigarettes in it!  Every detail, from the horseshoe, to the Art Deco-esque design on the front, is perfection. It has Russian assay marks and comes with a pouch. Estimate: $3,000-3,750

Lot 92: A Belle Époque sapphire and diamond ring which is truly what dreams are made of! The sapphire weighs nearly two carats and is surrounded nicely by Old Mine cut diamonds. It is offset by a gorgeous Old Mine cut diamond that weighs approximately 0.80 carats. What a stunner! Estimate: $1,350-1,650

Lot 110: Any Egyptian Revival piece of jewelry I am all over--this particular brooch/pendant is really intriguing. The pharaoh faience is set in a Victorian gold and black enamel oval, with beautiful tracery patterns. This is such a unique piece! Estimate: $750-900

Lot 322: I had to include some over-the-top pieces within my highlights and these next few lots are great examples of breath-taking gemstones. This ring features a giant 9.25 carat rectangular cut emerald front and center, which has a GIA certificate stating that it is Columbian origin with moderate clarity enhancement. The trapezoid side diamonds are the finishing touch. Estimate: $45,000-52,500

Lot 323: Were you going to say, "I love this sapphire?!" Same. But we're both wrong. This is actually a tanzanite! 23.50 carats to be exact! Yes, that is monstrous but I love everything about this ring. The simple setting is perfect for this stone and I love the claw-like prongs. Estimate: $16,500-21,000

Lot 386: Had to include some fancy diamonds too. This radiant cut fancy pink diamond is spectacular--weighing 1.28 carats and comes with a GIA certificate and is a VS-1 in clarity. The ring is set in platinum and we love the marquise cut diamonds form a beautiful halo setting arond the center stone. Estimate: $150,000-187,500

Lot 387: Another radiant cut fancy diamond, this time a fancy light blue that weighs 2.30 carats. The setting is really unique and uses pear-shaped diamonds and small round fancy pink diamonds to create the design. This is such a fun and elegant ring, it also comes with a GIA certificate. Estimate: $225,000-262,500

Lot 433: Just for you, a fun and flirty pair of amethyst and diamond earrings set in 18k yellow gold. These stood out to me because they are bold and unique--love the star design, the cabochon cuts and the dangles. These would light up someone's outfit! Estimate: $375-525

Lot 455: Speaking of amethyst, this Art Nouveau necklace has all the right shapes and silhouettes. Set with four oval cut amethysts entirely done in platinum, this necklace flows and hangs in the most feminine way. The delicate openwork of the metal makes it even more amazing. Estimate: $3,450-3,750

Lot 461: A Victorian turquoise bracelet unlike any other!  A rare piece of history set with calibre cut turquoise set immaculately in circular patterns. I love the old cut diamonds included in this pieces, making it fabulous in every way possible. Done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $450-600

Lot 464: And to the winner of the bracelet just previously mentioned, these earrings would be a great match. Flower clusters made of turquoise, pearls and rose cut diamonds dangle from the ears. You will get heads turning and people staring in these! Estimate: $225-300

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Alex Cooper's March 3 & 5, 2016 Gallery Auction

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Alex Cooper has an upcoming Gallery Auction set for March 3rd and 5th, 2016 that you won't want to miss! Consisting of over 1,000 items--the first five pages of their catalogue online features all jewelry--with silver, household items, paintings, collectibles, coins, rugs, etc. making up the other portion of the sale. I've spent some time browsing their selection and found some top picks.  If you are a collector, I highly suggest browsing their online catalogue yourself and seeing what strikes you! You can easily register to bid online or leave an abesentee bid--because you never know! Good luck!

Lot 11: Opal and diamond ring--a 14k yellow gold diamond and opal ring which just seems as if it were glowing! This ring stood out to me and I think the estimate is a really good price. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 21: Pair of diamond drop earrings--so much sparkle and fun with this pair of earrings. These are actually a two-in-one, where the dangle part is actually a jacket, so the main earrings are simple diamond studs and then you can add the jacket portion to change up the look entirely. Such a cool surprise. The earrings total nearly three carats and are set in 14k white gold. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Lot 1: Enamel and sapphire bow brooch--this may look like a simple bow brooch, but it is actually Cartier and comes with its original box!  The white enamel is in pristine condition and I love the cabochon sapphire dangles at the very bottom--such a fun detail! Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Lot 45: A trio of ladies wedding bands--I love a good antique wedding band and these three are just stunning. Such a great combo, featuring two platinum and diamond bands and one plain 14k yellow gold band.  All three are dainty and fine. Estimate: $200-400

Lot 78: Enamel and pearl dangle brooch--as I've been drawn to brooches lately with this silhoette, I see here there is a name put to this type of brooch, peacock feathers! I never realized this, but yes it looks like peacock feathers. Navy blue enamel and diamonds always get me, so this brooch is immediately a favorite. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 81: Enamel portrait miniature brooch--ok, so I've been obsessing over portrait miniature brooches like this for awhile now, I just have never taken the plunge and purchased one.  I love this one, especially the coloring and the features on the young woman's face. So delicate and feminine. Estimate: $250-450

Lot 85: Garnet pendant and chain--something about the design and shape of this pendant makes it stand out to me. I love a good cluster and while most clusters have a round outline to them, this one is set within a drop, which makes it so unique. Also love the retro star set garnets throughout the piece. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 152: Large Old European diamond ring--wow, what a stunning diamond! This impressive piece features a 3.50 carat Old European cut diamond set within this unique, chunky setting. The approximate clarity and color grade of the stone is SI-2/I-1, JKL which provides a great price point for such a large stone! Starting bid: $3,000 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Alex Cooper Auctions. 

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The December Sale at Rago Auction Will Make Your Head Spin!

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Rago Auction has a December Sale every year and I've been writing about it since 2008.  Seven years later and I'm still excited as ever when their catalog goes live. This year I personally gasped with each and every piece, frantically reading descriptions and estimated values, slightly hyperventilating and wondering how this incredible selection came to be! I'm glad it wasn't just me, because even the jewelry specialists at Rago, Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, had nothing to say but, "This December 2015 auction offers jewelry so beautiful, it makes you cry." So be ready to feel all warm inside when you see the full lineup of lots online. The sale is set for December 6th, 2015 where it can be seen live, in-person at their headquarters in Lambertville, New Jersey or online at Bidsquare or Rago's website. 

<< The December Jewelry Sale, Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at 11am EST >>

Lot 1015: This was the first piece from the sale that made me cry a little. Such a perfect example of Art Nouveau--the opals, the elongated siholette, the flowing lines. It is very feminine and elegant, just as jewelry circa 1905 suggests.  Even better--it has provenance. The design is based on an Essay on Broom Corn by E. Colonna, from the collection of Dora Jane Janson. Literature: Janson, Dora Jane. From Slave to Siren. The Duke University Museum of Art. 1971 Estimate: $3,000-4,000

Lot 1025: An incredibly vibrant brooch by Louis Comfort Tiffany, signed Tiffany & Co. set with a juicy peridot in the center. The convex disk is chased with scrolls and geometric motifs enameled in shades of green, blue and black accents. Done in 18k gold and circa 1910--such a beautiful piece of history from the famous world of Tiffany. Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 1030: After appraising jewelry for over five years, I've seen only a handful of items signed Walton & Co. and they are usually superior quality. This unique peacock ring caught my eye and I love that it is created from a black opal and demantoid garnets--such a killer combination. Ring is a size 7. Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 1044: A beautifully suspended festoon necklace made up of oval and teardrop adventurine all set in gold. Measuring 15 inches in length, this necklace sits higher up on the neck and flatters immensely. I love this style of necklace and the uniqueness of the gemstones makes this piece extra special. Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 1119: This lot comes with three items, but I'm completely in love with the serpent/scarab brooch which is quite amazing! If you look closely, you will see three snakes--a main curled one compromising the circular brooch, then another one forming the surround of the scarab, and finally joining the two parts is a bail which is actually a mini-snake! So cool! Not to mention the scarab is made out of carved opal! Estimate: $1,400-1,800

Lot 1159: As novelty as these rings may seem, they are highly collectible and rare--what a pair these two! The moonstone carved baby face is surrounded by onyx and Old European cut diamonds. A carved moonstone is always a favorite motif, but the baby faces are pretty rare. The little terrier dog is precious--made out of carved amethyst and enamel eyes/tongue. Whoever wins these, I'm sure can't help but to smile whenever these are worn. Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Lot 1235: After a honeymoon in Arizona, I've become obsessed with Native American jewelry. Probably the most quintesential Native American jeweler was Charles Loloma, from the Hopi tribe who created over the top items like this incredible ring. The stone work was always was set him apart from others--here we have lapis, turquoise and coral, all set in a staggered, concentric inlay. Amazing. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 1257: Entwined mermaids...should I even describe this any further?! Estimate: $1,400-1,800

Lot 1314: An untreated Burma sapphire with the dreamiest shade of blue you've ever seen! Heavenly surrounded by a turban of round brilliant cut diamonds, size 6 1/2 in 14k white gold. So divine! Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Lot 1319: Bold, statement-making earrings are exactly what these are! Four milky aquamarines, all surrounded by diamonds and sapphires create this look--done in 18k gold by ZWIKKER & ZACHER. Best part? They detach so you can do a day/night type of look switching from studs to dangles. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia, PA

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Freeman's auction house and I have an intense relationship.  They seem to always have a piece that I fall deeply in love with and lose out at the very last moment come auction time.  I will never forget this diamond and platinum ring from the 1920s--it was sensational.  A size 3.5 (which would actually fit my ring finger perfectly, who else could say that is a "perfect" size?!) the center diamond was a chunky pear cut with a large culet...it was jaw-dropping in all the right ways.  I nervously logged in on my computer for the live-sale and bid several times before my last and final bid didn't hold up to whomever claimed it in the end.  A tragedy that day...and will forever weigh heavy on my heart, as I cannot come to terms with even deleting the email in my inbox that says as the subject line, "Sorry you didn't win this time."  A reminder, as Allia Dhody, a member of Freeman's Jewelry Departmentexclaims to me, "Make sure to call in next time--be a phone-bidder!"  I will take that strategy to the next round, although Allia doesn't realize, my visit to Freeman's has made me want to come back more often and especially during live auctions.  

My next chance at bidding and winning at Freeman's will be coming sooner than I thought--they are gearing up for their September and November jewelry sales.  On my visit, I got to preview some of the items that will be featured in both upcoming sales--their Autumn Estate Jewelry sale slated for September 16, 2015 and their Jewelry & Watches sale which falls on November 2, 2015.  

I had such a fun time playing with the jewelry and getting to talk to the ladies of Freeman's.  Susannah and Cara were a delight to hang out with while I was drooling over the jewelry and taking photos.  Allia Dhody is Freeman's Jewelry Specialist who handles each piece, taking down the item's specs by measuring, grading and counting, as well as cataloging.  As a gradutate gemologist, her role at Freeman's is a vital one.  As a buyer, the public can rely on not only the great reputation of Freeman's 210-year history, but the expertise of Allia's gemology skills. People bid with confidence--that's an important part of the Freeman's legacy. 

I'm excited for the September and November sales--be sure to mark them on your calendars (I will be reminding everyone when the dates get closer).  Here is a run down on some of the pieces that will be up for auction, which are pictured above:

Freeman's Autumn Estate Jewelry sale; September 16, 2015:

A pair of diamond and 14k gold old mine cut diamond cluster drop earrings, approx. 2.20 carats total, estimate $800-1,200

A diamond and cultured pearl cluster ring set in 14k yellow gold, center diamond approx. 0.85 ct., estimate $500-700

Garnet and high carat gold necklace which measures 15.25 inches in length, estimate $1,800-2,500

Pair of Victorian enamel and 18k gold bangle bracelets which measures 5.75 inside length, estimate $800-1,200

Art Deco calibre-cut ruby and diamond platinum ring with elongated shape, estimate $800-1,200

A blue zircon suite consisting of a pair of earrings, ring, bracelet and necklace all circa early 1900s, estimate $2,500-3,000

Art Deco diamond and platinum brooch set with Old European cut and Old Mine cut diamonds, totaling 2.10 carats, estimate $800-1,200

Art Deco diamond and platinum ring with pierced milgrain set with Old Mine and Old European cut diamonds, estimate $1,000-1,500

Freeman's Jewelry & Watches sale; November 2, 2015

Diamond and sapphire bypass ring set with pear shaped diamond and pear shaped sapphire in platinum, estimate $5,000-7,000

18k yellow gold Pig purse with a mesh body and details like a tail, legs, etc. French assay marks, estimate $1,000-2,000

Belle Époque diamond and platinum ring set with a 3.25 ct center diamond, estimate $12,000-15,000

Serpent necklace done in 18k yellow gold set with diamonds and ruby eyes, estimate $3,000-5,000

David Webb 18k yellow gold cuff featuring a repoussé frog and cabochon emerald eyes, estimate $9,000-14,000

Marcus & Co. diamond and platinum-topped 18k gold brooch, with a center diamond approx. 3.20 ct., estimate $20,000-30,000

David Webb turquoise and diamond 18k yellow gold matching earrings and ring, estimate $2,000-3,000

 

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1808 Chestnut St.
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