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Amethyst dangle earrings: Lot 11
Georgian emerald bracelet: Lot 4
Peridot necklace (comes with matching earrings): Lot 27
Blue topaz collar necklace: Lot 247
Blue enamel (made to look like lapis) and diamond brooch: Lot 54
Peridot necklace and matching earrings suite: Lot 27
Moonstone Y-Necklace: Lot 17
Cartier cigar band: Lot 214
Gothic Revival bracelet: Lot 9
I couldn't tell you how much I was looking forward to meeting the jewelry team behind the Fine Jewelry Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, IL. I've been in touch with the infamous windy-city based auction house since finding them online a few years ago. It started off with me registering to bid online at a few of their highlighted jewelry auctions, then I started to feature some of my favorite picks right here on Gem Gossip...then last year I consigned a ring of mine for Leslie Hindman to sell at auction. I was so pleased with how the whole experience panned out, from beginning to end, that I yet again consigned another ring from my personal collection. And what a treat it was to visit in person! Looking through auction catalogs is probably one of my most favorite activities, and to have that experience come to life is a dream come true.
Just as Leslie Hindman Auctioneers seeks out the finest in art, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry, their loyal clients have been bidding with the auction house for years, and have a distinct eye for the best too! Imagine my excitement as I entered the building to find a live auction going on right in front of my eyes--can you believe I've never actually been to an auction in real time (besides the car auctions with my dad, but those are outside and umm, unrefined to say the least)?! I received the grand tour and timing was great because all the furniture, fine art and decorative pieces that were currently selling in the auction room were neatly displayed between two large, sun-filled rooms. It looked like walking through an interior decorator's portfolio. I spotted some gold mirrors and portrait paintings that I couldn't stop staring at, but headed toward the jewelry department to get down to business.
Leslie Hindman's Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department consists of Alex Eblen, graduate gemologist and director, James Wallace, graduate gemologist and timepieces specialist, two account specialists Madeline Schroeder & Katie Meyer, another graduate gemologist Meredith Derman, and finally, a cataloguer and jewelry specialist Jamie Henderson. Everyone had set up my favorite jewels in a large spread, front and center of the jewelry department, waiting for their time to shine. This experience for me, is comparable to visiting a dog adoption center--these pieces of jewelry were once loved, worn, and for whatever reason need to find new homes. Just like a dogs, I can't help but want to take everything home with me! Instead of "cute and cuddly," the jewels are so gorgeous and jaw-dropping.
Speaking of the jewelry I got to see, everything will be auctioned off on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 starting at noon CST with the second round starting the following day at 10am, and ultimately complete when the last lot is sold. This auction features 1,238 lots of some of the best pieces of fine jewelry, loose gemstones and timepieces. I've gone through and picked my favorites, which are seen here in these photos--a neat glimpse into seeing what the jewelry looks like on! I know every cataloguer in the game does the utmost to fully describe each item, including measurements of how wide and long pieces are, but it's the buyers that can often overlook those details. I've been guilty of this myself--the garnet comet ring I bought at auction surprised me so much when I received it in the mail. It was WAY bigger than what I had thought it would be, even though the millimeter size of the stone was given. It ended up being a good surprise--and I hope these photos help put into perspective what each piece would look like on and how they could potentially fit into your collection!
Here's all the important links you need to know if you plan on bidding at this sale.
Date: Day One April 23, 2017 NOON CST, Day Two April 24, 2017 10am CST
Have questions? email someone from the jewelry department directly at email@example.com
1338 W Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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Wow, am I really wrapping up the last few jewelry auctions of the year?! I guess so. And if the auction world still hasn't convinced you that you should be bidding, just relish in all the records that were broke in this year alone. So many amazing collections were sold, items from celebrity owners big and small, rare diamonds of all colors, and bidders happy to celebrate adding some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime pieces to their jewelry hoards. This year for me has been very successful with auctions--I've added a few pieces to my collection that I could have never found or purchased solely online or through dealers or stores. I even tried my hand at consigning and absolutely loved the experience--in fact, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was who I went through selling my first piece at auction, and I was so happy with the outcome that I decided to sell another. The ring I'm consigning is actually in this very sale which I'm about to talk about (and of course, it is in my top picks)! Like I say every year, the December sales are always my favorite and include some of the best jewels. It is like a grand finale for every auction house as they close the year out with a bang.
The Important Jewels Auction at Leslie Hindman is one I've been waiting for since their September auction. I'm counting down the days almost like a child waiting for a holiday, and their auction catalog just debuted Monday night, so I've been happy-go-lucky all week. As per usual, Leslie Hindman has a two-day event, kicking off on December 4th where 541 items will be auctioned off the first day alone. On the second day, there are 900 items! I don't have to tell you to prepare yourself and register to bid, you know how important it is! ;)
Below are my top picks from Day One only: Leslie Hindman Auction, December 4th, 2016
Lot 38: Right from the start these stud earrings stood out to me. I'm always looking for a pair of diamond studs that aren't plain 'ole diamond studs. Fitting the bill nicely are these because for one they are antique--both Old European cut diamonds and two, they are set in a unique sunburst-like setting. I bet these look amazing on! Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Lot 39: This Art Nouveau piece sparked my interest as soon as I saw the opal displaying its gorgeous colors. The black enamel details, the unique handmade chain, the polychrome detailing on the chain...too many good things in one piece. Although the opals do show some signs of crazing, if taken care of and not exposed to direct light or the sun, they won't be further damaged. Estimate: $1,000-2,000
Lot 41: Bright blue aquamarine just glows from this unique Art Deco ring up for auction. I love the blue and black enameling on the ring and the two diamond accents. Looks like this piece is in great shape which is amazing considering its age in conjunction with the delicate enamel work. Estimate: $1,500-2,500
Lot 44: I may be playing favorites with this ring and that's because this is the piece I have put on consignment from my personal collection! Right away I fell for the uniqueness of the marquise cut diamonds set east-west and how bright white the center Old European cut diamond is. Most Old Euros I've seen are J-K in color or lower--this one is a G! I hope it finds a good home and maybe even a ring finger because I think it would make a great engagement ring! Estimate: $700-900
Lot 49: How incredible are these giant citrine ear pendants?! You can't even call them earrings, they're ear PENDANTS! These are the type of accessory you let pull off your entire look. Statement-making and head-turning for sure. I would wear them around my house on a Sunday and be so happy. Estimate: $200-300
Lot 54: A jaw-dropping piece in its own right, this Renaissance Revival opal pendant/brooch is quite incredible. Sought after for more than one reason, it is actually a piece designed by Paulding Farnham who worked at Tiffany & Co. during the turn-of-the-century. His work is rare and highly collectible, which makes this piece even more special. This particular brooch was featured in the hardcover book Paulding Farnham: Tiffany's Lost Genius which is the only publication featuring this American designer. Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Lot 56: This Arts & Crafts necklace made me immediately think of the Richard Driehaus Museum and the wonderful Maker & Muse exhibit. This necklace belongs in the exhibit! Composed of turquoise and freshwater pearls, this is a piece of art. I can imagine it draped on someone's neck in the most sophisticated way. Estimate: $1,000-2,000
Lot 90: I've been into these bright blues lately and this piece is certainly the brightest. A nice blue zircon electrifies this brooch, which is also set with nearly a carat of diamonds. From the photo alone you can tell how doubly refractive the zircon is! What a neat piece to add to your collection! Estimate: $1,000-2,000
Lot 94: Elongated rings are my jam and this ring has a lot of great features! The Art Deco ring is set with two Old European cut diamonds with some step cut sapphires dividing both. It is done in platinum and demands attention in the best way possible. Estimate: $800-1,200
Lot 372: An exquisite Cartier piece of history, this ring is set with sapphires and Old Mine cut diamonds all in platinum. It is stamped Cartier and is one of the prettiest Cartier pieces I've ever seen! Estimate: $5,000-7,000
Lot 418: Aside of bright blue gemstones, another favorite of mine is multi-color, almost rainbow-like, pieces--like this ring. Done in 18k yellow gold, this ring is designed by Christian Dior and is set with amethyst, citrine, garnet, iolite, peridot, pink tourmaline, and green tourmaline. What a line up of gems! And what a cool design! Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Lot 491: Turquoise and lapis is my new favorite combo! These earrings are seriously the coolest. Plus everyone loves a good turquoise domed cluster. Done in 18k yellow gold and encircled with a perfectly circular piece of lapis, these earclips are the ultimate accessory. Estimate: $700-900
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
Chicago's number one auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, is making it's rounds, previewing their incredible selection of jewelry and gemstones set to hit the auction block April 3rd & 4th, 2016. Finishing up their showing in NYC at the Waldorf, they are scheduled to settle back in Chicago for several preview dates at their homebase. Starting March 30th, you can visit the jewels in Chicago each and every day leading up to the sale. With over 1,300 lots this sale has an impeccable selection and sure to relish all tastes. I've got my eye on several pieces and I've picked my favorites here. Broken up into two sale dates, the first day covers lots 1-515 and the second day covers the rest. I split up my picks as well--so you've got six from day one and six from day two! Don't forget to register online and either bid live or leave an absentee bid. Good luck!
Day One//April 3rd, 2016:
Lot 31: Serpent necklaces are high up on everyone's wish list...yes, even bucket lists, and this one is pretty epic. Lots of turquoise--multiple sizes--several different shades as the piece has aged, making it even more unique. It is in immaculate condition and dates back to the 1840s. Incredible! Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Lot 32: Following that serpent is another, this one very much different, still super cool. This snake takes on the form of a bracelet and is mostly comprised of gold--heavy and fine, weighing in at 27.10 pennyweights. Some old cut diamonds and two ruby eyes are set within the piece, as it eagerly coils around its future owner's wrist. Estimate: $8,000-12,000
Lot 36: The colors in this ring are what made me stop in my tracks. The ever-so-subtle shade differences between the large, central green beryl gemstone surrounded by the round aquamarines is totally amazing. The piece is downright dreamy and makes you feel like you are basking in some eclectic body of water. Estimate: $1,500-2,500
Lot 39: Another crazy cool ring that seems intergalactic is this Victorian cluster ring set in 14k rose gold. The ring features pale pastels, each of various colors of sapphire, surrounding a very unique grey pearl that exhibits some very exciting luster. Estimate: $800-1,200
Lot 65: Diamond cluster earrings are so chic, this pair is particularly refined and beautiful. Totaling approximately 3.74 carats of Old Mine cut diamonds, these will certainly show off their sparkle on any earlobes. From the Edwardian period, these are done in yellow gold. Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Lot 193: This bracelet is so unique, done in platinum and yellow gold, set with some very large cabochon cut sapphires, intermixed with diamonds. The enamel detailing makes the piece even more special, decorating the sides with white and blue designs. What a stunning bracelet! Estimate: $4,000-6,000
Day Two//April 4th, 2016:
Lot 662: We all know and love a good hand motif in antique jewelry. What makes this one extra special? The hand is wearing a bracelet and a ring! Done in 18k yellow gold, set with emeralds, seeds pearls and one diamond, this necklace will be causing some bidding wars. Estimate: $500-700
Lot 936: Oh heavens, dream collar necklace! Heavy, stylish and over-the-top chic. This piece is 14k yellow gold, stamped Italy and weighs 51.60 pennyweights. The curb-link style is having a comeback and this thick, heavy size is king. Estimate: $700-900
Lot 939: I've seen many similar styles of this necklace done in either camphor glass or rock crystal, but this is done in smokey quartz! Such a unique necklace, it even features platinum and yellow gold details. The diamonds help out with the sparkle factor, which puts this piece up at the top of my list. Estimate: $400-600
Lot 1045: The geometric style of this pendant/enhancer really sets it apart, not to mention the killer emeralds. Diamond accents for added measure, top the piece off at a scale weight of 9.40 pennyweights. Done in 18k yellow gold and stamped Hauer, this one will surely show-stop! Estimate: $2,500-3,500
Lot 1119: This starburst brooch reminds me of a firework--I love the design and the spikey-ness of it. Set so all-eyes focus on the striking opal in the center, flanked by "shooting" spikes of gold, diamonds and emeralds. You can't find anything like this anywhere in stores my friends. Vintage at its finest. Estimate: $400-600
Lot 1288: Closer to the very end of the auction we go, as I stumble upon this very unique cameo necklace. Most shell cameo pieces don't catch my attention, but this particular necklace sure does! The almost modern fringe detailing, hanging from the cameo is really cool, with seed pearl details throughout the piece. Estimate: $300-500
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.