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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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James D. Julia Auction Features 60 Jewelry Items in Upcoming Sale


Hey Gem Gossip readers!  As many of you know, writing about upcoming auctions is one of my favorite topics--I've written nearly 100 blog posts on this topic throughout the past almost nine years of having this blog!  I live it, breathe it, and am constantly talking about jewelry auctions. I love discovering new auction houses and I'm excited to be writing about James D. Julia Auction house today since I never have featured them before. They have an upcoming sale on June 16th, 2017 that is called "June Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction" which is of interest, particularly the 60 lots of fine jewelry items which is at the very beginning of the sale.

James D. Julia Inc. is located in Fairfield, Maine and has been in business for over fifty years. The company began in 1965 by Arthur Julia as a small country auction house which quickly grew over the years. Current owner James D. Julia purchased the company from his father in 1974 after graduating college. Always staying current with the times has been a key to the success of this auction house--state-of-the-art catalogs, photos and descriptions as well as an easy interactive website where bidding can take place from anywhere in the world have allowed an auction house located in Maine compete with world-known names. They are currently ranked as one of the top ten antique auction houses in North America. 

The June 16th auction features 60 lots of jewelry items--pieces from the low 100s on up to six-figure digits--so a pretty large assortment. Diamond rings, lots of emeralds, a high-end Breitling watch, jewelry suites, pearls, gorgeous every day jewelry, and everything in between. One of my favorite lots is the last one in the jewelry section--a group of 40 jewelry books!  I am such a jewelry book nerd and this lot features a bunch of rare, out-of-print titles. It is definitely worth checking out and the people of James D. Julia were kind enough to create an interactive catalog (embedded above) which features all 60 of the jewelry lots! It is also worthy to note, many of the pieces, starting with lot #1019 as noted in the catalog, are from a private Texas Estate collection which is completely unreserved and thus could result in some excellent buying opportunities.

Here are some of my favorites highlighted:

Lot 1005: A stunning all-diamond bypass style ring, set in 14k white gold and an estimated 1.78 carats total. I love the bypass style, with this piece having three diamonds set at a diagonal. If you're thinking of a unique alternative engagement ring, this would be a great choice! Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 1007: The most expensive/highest estimate piece in the sale--this 10.02 carat natural fancy intense yellow diamond ring!  This rare and unique stone is VS-1 in clarity and comes with a diamond certificate from GIA. To accompany the center stone, it is beautifully flanked on each side by bullet shaped diamonds, VVS/VS clarity and FG in color. The ring is done in platinum and 18k white gold. Estimate: $130,000-160,000

Lot 1016: Elegant and charming, this diamond pendant necklace features gorgeous bright white diamonds set into a Art Nouveau treasure. It features a dangling bezel set diamond at the bottom and hangs from a 16" chain. Nothing like a piece of history. Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 1020: A vintage Cartier ring of finest quality--composed of one center emerald cut diamond and two emerald cut emeralds on each side. The ring is done in platinum with 18k yellow gold settings. Center diamond weighs 1.98 carats and the emeralds are Columbian. Can't get much better than that! Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Lot 1023: I like this ring because it has a bypass style but it also has sort of a serpent look to it! The ring is set with a modified-fan cut emerald and lots of diamond accents, 1.75 carats to be exact! This ring is trendy and classic at the same time. I could easily pair with other pieces for a fun look. Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Lot 1035: If you love a good multi-gemstone piece of jewelry, this one is my pick for you! This cuff is done in 18k yellow gold and bezel set with multiple gemstones of all colors!  We've got rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and an unidentified yellow stone...all of various shapes and sizes. A truly well-made and exquisite piece! Estimate: $500-800

Lot 1052: This necklace caught my attention the first time I ever looked at this catalog.  It consists of a multi-serpent pendant that hangs from a gold toggle necklace--the various gemstones are peridot, garnet, amethyst, and citrine. The layers of serpents graduate in size, as do the gemstones. I've never seen a pendant quite like this one before and I've always been drawn to serpent jewelry. Estimate: $600-900

Lot 1060: Remember the lot of jewelry books I talked about above--this is the lot!  It features 40 different jewelry reference books, including several out-of-print titles. 100 Years of Collectible Jewelry, Cameos Old & New, Jewelry in America 1600-1900, and The Art of Fine Jewelry are definitely intriguing me and I feel like I will be bidding on this lot come auction day!

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Leslie Hindman Auction Has Some of the Prettiest Rings Ever! December 6 & 7, 2015

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Are you a ring junkie like myself?!  Well look no further for your holiday wish list because the upcoming Important Jewelry sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has some of the prettiest pieces I've seen, ever! The Chicago-based auction house has been gearing up for this two-day sale that includes over 1,000 lots of jewelry and gemstones. The sale begins at noon on Sunday, December 6th and continues the following day for the second half, beginning at 10am CST. As most conoisseurs are eyeing up the three main themed arenas that have sprung up while putting this auction together (colored stones, signed jewelry and rare diamonds), I've put my own spin on the sale, because what else would I look for other than rings?!  Bold Art Deco diamond stunners, flashy opal decadance, and a Georgian enamel and garnet ring fit for a queen. Take a look at my favorites!

First half: Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Lot 19: Pristine condition and gorgeous enamel/gemstone combination, this Georgian ring may date back to the 1800s, but its wear and tear is minimal.  In the center is an octagonal cabochon garnet and dispersed rose cut diamonds. The ring is a size 7 1/2, with white, blue and gold enameling throughout. Estimate: $800-1,2000 

Lot 33: This black opal ring caught my attention right away--the vibrant play-of-color is undeniable, practically every color of the rainbow is shown. It is no wonder the high quality of this piece because it is signed Tiffany & Co. It also features six Old European cut diamonds and is a size 6. Property of a private collector. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 60: Eye-popping platinum, diamond and sapphire ring with a geometric style featuring calibre cut gemstones. The different tones of sapphire are played up here to their advantage, using the lighter and darker to create a pattern. The center diamond is approximately 1.25 carats, set in a milgrain bezel mounting. Such a gorgeous ring! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 71: Such a fine and fun example of the power enamel can have on a piece of jewelry--white enamel accents the design work on this particular ring, a color not often used solely alone, often being paired with other colors or used sparingly as an accent. The central cabochon cut sapphire is glowing amongst the concentric circles of rose cut diamonds and white enamel. What a striking piece! Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 82: Another Art Deco geometric stunner--this one features calibre cut emeralds and onyx, along with an insane old cushion cut diamond in the center that is approximately 2.37 carats! I love the black and green combination, along with the design--this is such a special ring. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 121: This elongated Art Deco ring is set with one central Old European cut diamond, flanked North-South by square step cut sapphires, all surrounded by a rectangle of smaller Old European cut diamonds. My favorite part is the open metal-work on the shoulders of the piece--very simple lines, very 1920s. Love it. Estimate: $800-1,200

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The second half: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Lot 633: Maybe because this ring reminds me of my "something blue" that I wore on my wedding day, I love this one just as much! Set with a heart-shaped aquamarine in the center surrounded by white and colored diamonds (most likely irradiated to enhance their color), the ring is done in platinum and 18k gold. Let's embrace hearts! Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 763: A cute serpent ring done in 14k yellow gold with lime green and black enameling. The snake's eyes are rubies and an opal is set in its head. Such an electric piece! Estimate: $150-250

Lot 859: A tablet of onyx never looked so sharp! A halo of diamonds surrounds the black onyx and set on a really unique shank. Done in yellow gold and ready to wear! Estimate: $200-300

Lot 908: Amethyst--a stone that I need more of in my personal collection, this just may be it! The oval cut amethyst is surrounded by two rows of diamonds in a two-tone setting with a large cocktail feel. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 951: Another vintage ring, this time an all-diamond look! The shape of this ring is so sweet, featuring a central Old European cut diamond that measures approximately 0.81 carats surrounded by various sized round brilliant and single cut diamonds. Would love to see this paired with other antique and vintage rings, or even stacked! Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 999: A beautiful oval of diamonds and sapphires creates this Art Deco ring done in platinum. I could see this being someone's "something blue" on their wedding day. Dainty yet bold at the same time, this will truly be one of those rings you treasure forever. Estimate: $300-500

 

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Fellows Auction House: October 10th, 2013 Sale

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Browsing the latest auction catalog from Fellows has me excited all over again! I could really get used to bidding online...so I am going to try again! I've picked out my favorites from the upcoming Antique & Modern Jewellery auction which is set for October 10th. A mix of Art Deco diamond rings, Victorian treasures and classic pieces of jewelry are all up for auction. Will you be bidding? For complete listing of all 602 lots, check out Fellows Auction website.

 

Greenwich Jewelers Creates Sparkle for Hurricane Relief Auction

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Greenwich Jewelers just recently announced that it will partner with members of the jewelry industry to create an online charity auction benefitting Waves for Water’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.

With a storefront in lower Manhattan and customers from all over the tri-state area, Greenwich Jewelers’ owners felt compelled to help following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  “As a native New Yorker, seeing the destruction in neighborhoods like our home, the Financial District, and beachfront communities The Rockaways, Coney Island and the Jersey Shore was heartbreaking.  I found Waves for Water, a grassroots organization that’s done extensive work in disaster areas around the globe and I wanted to support their Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative,” Jennifer Gandia, owner of Greenwich Jewelers, said. Waves for Water has committed long term, hands on support, resources and funding for the rebuilding of the beach communities of NY & NJ via this initiative.

Gandia began by requesting donations from jewelers across the country to put together an online auction, from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Waves for Water.  “I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the jewelry industry came together for the cause of re-building our city and helping those in need,” Gandia said.  With over 90 donations from independent designers and international brands including Aaron Basha, Alexis Bittar, Baume et Mercier, Charriol, Gurhan, Jemma Wynne, Kara Ross, Melissa Joy Manning, Temple St. Clair & Todd Reed, Sparkle for Sandy Relief provides a vehicle for donors to get involved and jewelry lovers to bid on many one of a kind and specially chosen jewels for an important, timely cause.

Information on how to get involved in the Sparkle for Sandy Relief auction:

·         Bid for jewels online from November 27th to December 6th at http//:Biddingowl.com/Sparkle4SandyRelief

·         Attend Greenwich Jewelers’ auction closing party.

o    WHERE:  Greenwich Jewelers, 64 Trinity Place, New York.

o    WHEN:  December 6th,  5-8pm - the last hours of the auction 

o    WHY:  View and bid on all of the jewels in person, plus enjoy champagne and other refreshments

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Here's what I want to bid on:

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