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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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SEPTEMBER SALE: September 10th-12th

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Back-to-Back Fine Jewelry Auctions in September at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers 

Lot 37 Lot 38 Lot 40 Lot 85 Lot 196 Lot 243

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has a pair of back-to-back auctions slated for September 16th, 17th & 18th which you surely do not want to miss! The jewelry action starts off with a sale featuring pieces from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld which goes live Wednesday, September 16th at 5:30pm CST, followed by a large Important Jewelry Auction the next day, which is broken into a two day affair.  You know an auction is going to be good when it has to be broken down to two days! Just how good?!  Try 1,293 lots of beautiful, stunning and unique pieces of jewelry!!  That's a lot!  So you can imagine my dismay as I tried to pick out my favorite lots and narrow it down...

Let's start with the first auction, scheduled for September 16th featuring the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld. Mrs. Hassenfeld was an accomplished ballerina in her youth and later a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian. She married the late Harold Irwin Hassenfeld, a member of the founding family of Hassenfeld Brothers, also known as Hasbro Industries (manufacturer of Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, Nerf, Play-Doh and Trivial Pursuit). Mrs. Hassenfeld's jewelry collection encompasses everything from significant signed pieces and important diamonds to playful uses of colored stones. The sale will consist of numerous sessions showcasing important signed jewelry from leading designers including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Belperron, David Webb, Harry Winston and Seaman Schepps. One such highlight is a superb Art Deco platinum, emerald, diamond, onyx and enamel lapel watch / necklace by Cartier. Another is an impressive platinum and diamond ring by Harry Winston, containing a pear shape brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 9.12 carats of D color and VS2 clarity. 

Lot 37: This carved gemstone ring is truly unique--made completely out of aquamarine and set with diamonds in white gold.  Since sizing is impossible, make note that this ring is a size 6 1/2. The diamonds total approximately 1.10 carats.

Lot 38: A pair of earrings fit for a queen--these are set with round mixed cut aquamarine (believed to be set into the Victorian mountings recently) and accented by some Old Mine and European cut diamonds. A bold look indeed.

Lot 40: Love this 18k yellow gold Tiger's Eye ring designed and signed by David Webb. This ring is perfect for any David Webb collector or anyone who loves 1960s/70s inspired design.  I also am a huge fan of the black enamel details.

Lot 85: Colors of a sunset are captured in this brooch, set with citrine and diamonds.  The different tones of orangey yellow are shown off here within this piece--would be beautiful attached to a fall scarf or a neutral colored big-brimmed hat. 

Lot 196: A pair of designer earrings from Nicholas Varney, this abstract 18k yellow gold wonderment features 16 upturned briolette cut purplish red sapphires, along with some diamonds and rubies. Not only are the gemstones unique, but the silhouette and style make these amazing.

Lot 243: This stunning Edwardian pendant necklace is set with one round amethyst, some diamonds and a pearl for good measure! The necklace has a true to form Edwardian style, with platinum-topped gold and a garland style typical of turn-of-the-century.

 

Lot 4 Lot 600 Lot 845 Lot 988 Lot 1117 Lot 1150

Following that sale, on September 17th at noon CST Leslie Hindman's Important Jewelry, Fall Sale begins with it finishing the following day in another session starting at 10am CST.  Designer names like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Hermes and Oscar Heyman Brothers, just to name a few, will be in the line-up of over 1,000 items!  Jewelry collectors from around the world will tune in to this hallmarked event--which can be accessed online through Bidsquare or LHLive.  I can't wait!!

Lot 4: I'm totally in love with the colors that make up this necklace, as well as the style of it! The gemstones consist of pearls, emeralds and rubies with eight swags running along 17 inches of length. It is Slovakian in origin and actually comes apart forming two bracelets. Amazing. 

Lot 600: These earrings are just one of the pairs featured within this lot, the other pair are similar in style and era. The earrings shown above are set with onyx and seed pearls in geometric shapes. I love the length and presence of these--they flatter any face shape!

Lot 845: I must be on a swag kick, but this necklace has a swag element as well, only this particular piece is completely constructed out of coral beads. The dangles make it unique and special! 

Lot 988: These antique carved labradorite rings are high up on my wish list and this one is a neat one--it is a cameo of Cleopatra!  You can see her majestic profile depicted in this magical stone.

Lot 1117: This lot features a snake ring duo, both Victorian and both amazing! The smaller snake wraps around a pearl with a sapphire set in its head.  The larger snake wraps around a slightly damaged opal with an emerald set in its head. Such a neat pair!

Lot 1150: A very bold and bohemian turquoise ring set in 14k yellow gold caught my eye in this lot. The ring is set with a bezel set cluster of turquoise gemstones which exhibit various colors due to age. So pretty.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.


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