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Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry Sale Set for April 24, 2017

An important fancy colored diamond and diamond ring 124 (2) A pair of diamond day-night earrings, Van Cleef & Arpels, 129

Bonhams New York, April 24, 2017

133 lots of jewelry top off the upcoming New York sale from Bonhams. This is my first blog post featuring the highly respected auction house which is a global enterprise, having eight different locations worldwide. Their history as an auction house is one for the books, as they've been shattering records and facilitating some of the best exchanges in the world. In the US, we have three Bonhams locations, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (primary sales rooms are New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong), with their online presence @BonhamsJewels Instagram which focuses on all things jewelry. It is a delight to look at and with every upcoming sale, the excitement and momentum is contagious. There are some serious lust-worthy jewels in their New York sale, which I'm going to be covering within this blog post. 

The sale date is April 24th, 2017 and the start time is 3pm EST. If you want to get in on the fun, be sure to register to bid in advance of the sale date and surely don't be intimidated by bidding online! If I can do it, you can do it! Let's talk highlights...

I can't pinpoint one particular pièce de résistance of the entire sale, so I'm going to choose these four jewels and make them my final answer!  One aspect of Bonhams' sales is the wow-factor. There are always pieces that make you stop and stare--whether they are big diamonds, fancy colored stones, bold sapphires or juicy emeralds--this is exactly what I'm talking about!

Leading Highlights:

Lot 124: If you know a thing or two about fancy yellow diamonds, you'll realize this ring is IT. The center stone clocks in at 6.32 carats--color rating of fancy vivid yellow and clarity is VVS-1. I can't even fathom something so remarkable as the center stone, however to make it even more amazing, it also is set in a ring with two diamonds on each side. These said diamonds are GIA certified as well and are a 2.08 ct & 2.07 ct, both F color stones with VS-1/2 clarity. If you want to see this baby on a hand, click here. Estimate: $400,000-600,000

Lot 129: Nothing more chic than a pair of day/night diamond earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels. A definite highlight of the sale, these earrings are set with nearly 30 carats of diamonds! Wow!  All rounds, pear and marquise cuts which are done in platinum and 18k white gold for a stunning pair. The dangles can be removed to reveal stud earrings for an easy, on-the-go look! Estimate: $60,000-80,000

A fine ruby and diamond clip brooch, Cartier, circa 1935 132 A diamond rivière necklace 133

Lot 132: Ok, if you've been following me lately, you've realized I've kind of been obsessed over dress clips lately. For some reason, I keep seeing them pop up everywhere, including some great ones at auction. This one is crème de la crème, being signed Cartier and circa 1935. This Art Deco clip is set with a stunning Burmese ruby, over five carats of diamonds and sugarloaf and cabochon cut rubies. Such an elegant piece of history. Estimate: $300,000-400,000

Lot 133: Leading the sale is this catalog cover star--an exquisite diamond riviére necklace. This piece is composed of 63 diamonds which graduate in size; the biggest diamond in the center weighing 3.05 carats. All in all, the grand total carat weight is approximately 44 carats! A once-in-a-lifetime necklace for a very special lady...and if you're wondering, it's done in platinum. Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Other Favorites:

A black opal, demantoid and sapphire necklace, attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co.,  6 An Arts and Crafts citrine, diamond and gem-set pendant,  8 A diamond solitaire pendant necklace, Golconda  104


Lot 6: Anytime I see the words "black opal" I know it's going to be pretty incredible. I don't think I've ever met a black opal I didn't like. This particular necklace is extra special because it is circa 1915 and attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. The detail in this piece is great as the chain is accented by demantoid garnets and sapphire--and also love the gold filigree. Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Lot 8: An Arts & Crafts necklace that is quite unique--set with a citrine and some diamonds, circa 1915. I love the silhouette of this piece, with the draped chains and dangle. The craftsmanship of the chain sets it apart from others I've seen. And the colors--perfect for fall!  Estimate: $7,000-9,000

Lot 104: As we've seen lately, heart shaped gem cuts are going strong. This pendant necklace is a bold 4.46 carats of a heart cut diamond, done in platinum. The specs on the diamond are VS-1 clarity and D color. I can picture it sparkling from a neck and looking gorgeous. It is simple, however anything but dainty! Estimate: $75,000-95,000

An emerald, diamond and onyx ring 20 A coral, diamond and enamel ring, Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co. 22 A diamond solitaire ring 69


Lot 20: I think this is one of the most beautiful rings I've seen up at auction in awhile. Mounted in platinum, set with a large 8.36 carat emerald and surrounded by diamonds, onyx and smaller emeralds. I love everything about this ring--from the style, to the gemstone combination, to the width of it. An heirloom that will be treasured for years to come--I am already jealous of whomever places the winning bid. Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Lot 22: This fun Tiffany & Co. ring has a striking color combination made up by the coral and blue enamel. Of course it is from the 1970s, a time period I'm obsessed with--their jewels and music, yes please. Done in 18k yellow gold with some diamond accent to finish off the design, this ring will stop people in their tracks! Bet! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 69: A ring that could single-handedly bring back the marquise cut as the most popular diamond cut! The ring is set with a VVS-2 clarity, I color diamond that is GIA certified. It weighs 6.07 carats and one request--making a major impact on the finger. I also love the fact that it is done in 18k yellow gold. Estimate: $70,000-80,000

A diamond and emerald pendant-brooch  5 An art deco diamond, sapphire, spinel and black onyx dress clip  17 A pair of fancy colored diamond and diamond earrings 125


Lot 5: This pendant/brooch is two pieces of jewelry in one!  And did I mention the style and design is just breath-taking?! Lozenge-shaped emeralds dazzle with old European cut and old mine cut diamonds are set in this plaque style pendant, set in platinum. Estimate: $9,000-12,000

Lot 17: Of course I had to include another dress clip because I'm smitten with them. This one is more affordable than the amazing Cartier one mentioned earlier--but still just as gorgeous. And this one is also Art Deco, done in diamonds, sapphire, spinel and black onyx, all set in platinum. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 125: THESE. The cuts on these diamonds make them look like real ice--they are pear-shaped rose cut diamonds as petals and then the center of each flower is a fancy pink diamond. Such a great combination. The earrings total 17.59 carats of diamonds and are done in 18k white and rose gold. Estimate: $70,000-90,000

This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Bonhams New York.


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shopGEMGOSSIP Updates!

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Happy January! As a way to celebrate the new year, we're having a sale on all garnet jewelry that is available at shopGEMGOSSIP. The first photo above illustrates every garnet item we have--so take your pick! This rich gemstone is a favorite of mine and I love it paired with burgundy nails. Every garnet item is 15% off all month long.

We're also striving to add new pieces once per month to keep things fresh and on a schedule. The holidays were a different story, but I wanted to provide as many jewels as possible during that time of year. We sold over 50 items and couldn't thank you enough for the support. My jewelry box is oddly looking bare, it is the strangest thing.

If you place an order in January or February, you get a FREE GIFT! This also includes if you've had a layaway, and your final payment is in either January or February.

Excited for what is to come and hope that I will find YOU that something special for your jewelry collection. As always, if you have anything you've been searching for--feel free to drop me an email. We have a couple buying trips planned for January and February.

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Fellows Auction House: September 12, 2013 Sale

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I am extremely excited to start working on a goal of mine, which you all can also help me with if you have any tips or pointers.  Last week, I wrote a post about the best places to find antique jewelry and one of them was the category, Auctions.  I know I remarked ever so truthfully that I had never really bid on an item at an auction, besides eBay, so I wanted to change that!  I want to learn not only the steps of how-to bid at an auction house, but also, most importantly, how to win!  I've gone to pros to help me out, over at Fellows Auction House, they have put together a step-by-step guide to help me prepare for their upcoming auction on September 12th, where several amazing pieces of jewelry are going up on the block!  I've gone ahead and picked out my favorites of the auction--items I have my eye on and some that I would like to bid on!

Buying at auction - easy as 1,2,3!

1. View the catalogue

All of the items in Fellows auctions can be viewed online at Each lot has multiple images and a detailed condition report so you know exactly what to expect. 

2. Register for a Fellows account  

In order to place bids you must first register for an account on our sign up page. This is a really quick and easy registration process and we will not ask for any bank or credit card details at this stage (we will only require payment details if you are successful with your bid or if you choose to bid live).

3. Placing a bid

Once you have registered for an account you will be able to place commission bids on the Fellows website by simply clicking the ‘place bid’ button next to the lots in the catalogue (commission bids are when you leave the highest amount you are willing to go up to, exactly like you would on eBay) . However, there are many other ways you can bid with Fellows:

  • In person
  • Booking a telephone line 
  • Online bidding (visit  or  to register for an online bidding account. Please note there is an additional charge of 3% (+VAT) on top of the hammer price to bid online)

Whether you are successful or unsuccessful with your bid we will notify you by email after the auction has taken place. It really is as simple as that!

Up on the Block: Bonhams June 19, 2013 Auction

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Excited for another great selection of previously owned jewelry up for auction at Bonhams.  This upcoming sale is in New York and starts at 11am on June 19, 2013.  There are some spectacular pieces looking for a new owner, with many coming from private collections, from states like Florida, Ohio, and New York.  My top five favorites are shown above, with more about each below:

  1. A pair of 18k rose gold manchette bracelets, circa 1900
  2. A heart shaped diamond ring, weighing 5.05 carats, circa 1900
  3. An Etruscan revival necklace in 18k yellow gold, with various hardstone intaglios
  4. A radiant cut diamond weighing 12.13 carats, VVS-2 clarity H color, in platinum
  5. Tiffany & Co. brooch circa 1910, set with an aquamarine, chrysoprase and green enamel

Bvlgari Acquires Gina Lollobrigida Emerald Earrings

Lollobrigida Olycom Lot 659- Emerald & Diamond Ear Clips, Bulgari - G. Lollobrigida

photo via Olycom

Bulgari is very pleased to announce the acquisition of a pair of Bulgari earrings that originally belonged to actress Gina Lollobrigida. She purchased the earrings in 1964, and has always had a passion for jewelry. She wore the earrings throughout her career and indeed they are featured in many photographs. Two pear-shaped 21 carat Columbian emeralds, enhanced by 67 diamonds of various sizes totalling 26.5 carats, all set in platinum! The earrings were purchased at Sotheby's auction which highlights some pieces from Gina Lollobrigida's personal collection.

Check out other auction highlights from Sotheby's here.