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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


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Rago Arts Auction.


Rago Arts Unreserved Auction Set for August 27, 2015

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Auction season has just begun and Rago Arts has an unreserved auction fit to whet your appetite for some dazzling pieces of antique, vintage and estate jewelry (amongst some other things). This should hold you over until their heart-stopping December Sale, which is always incredible and knocks everyone's socks off!  This year supposedly is supposed to be insane (ssshhh, you didn't hear that from me!)--but this comes with a fair warning to save those pennies!!

Rago's features an Unreserved Auction on August 27, 2015 which showcases just over 250 lots of jewelry! The auction is unreserved, which means that everything in the auction must be sold at the highest price offered that day, whatever it may be. This sale features a varied selection of late 19th through 20th-century antique and period jewelry, modern gemstone jewelry, engagement and bridal jewelry, designer fashion jewelry and bijoux, as well as designer couture; period English, American and Continental furniture; lighting; rugs; porcelain; glass silver; and fine art. The sale begins at 10am where you know you can count of me logging in from wherever I may be and bidding from my computer. 

I've chosen my must-bid lots and it is incredibly exciting to think that each have "no reserve." Can't wait to bid!

Lot 350: I've seen panthers, lions, serpents, dolphin-looking fish, gargoyles--but THIS?! This is so unique! It's an eagle and its beak holds a chunky safety chain.  Those Victorians sure knew how to design them! It's 18k yellow gold and may be Italian in origin, circa 1870. Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 354: Seriously obsessed with this 18k yellow gold enameled and gem-set serpent ring. It dates to around the first half of the 20th century and the combination of the light blue and black enamel is perfection. Ring size 11. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 366: Now this is a cute combo: a yellow gold pearl and diamond pendant and a two-tone emerald and diamond ring. Not only do these two complement one another, they are also great staples to a collection. Also a great lot for a beginner collector to start with! Estimate: $300-500

Lot 381: I would call this cannetille at its finest! This 18k yellow gold bracelet is created by cannetille work which is inspired by embroidery, using gold and is sort of similar to filigree, but definitely looks different. Cannetille is more 3D using scrolls, coils and springs to create an effect. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 399: A trio of some great pieces--a Victorian agate ring, a turquoise hinged bangle bracelet and a gold-filled hand-etched pocket watch case (without the movement). I'm loving the agate ring, particularly the shoulders of the piece.  Estimate: $400-600

Lot 469: Created during the 1950s when a sort of "Victorian Revivial" in the jewelry world was happening, this ring is a prime example from that time. It is done in 14k yellow gold, approximately 0.80 carats total of round brilliant cut diamonds and some navy blue enamel.  Ring is size 6. Estimate: $400-500

Lot 485: I love the randomness of this lot, each piece is pretty cool.  Starting with a ram's head pendant, a duck brooch with an onyx glass body, a pair of gold earrings which feature gold cameos of women, and an enamel bar pin that depicts a Barber's pole. Estimate: $300-500

Lot 495: Malachite happens to be one of my favorite gemstones, so this long necklace is great! When I say long, I mean 31 inches--which is a generous length of 14k gold beads and malachite beads. Perfect for fall and winter coming up! Estimate: $500-700

Lot 511: Two fantastic pairs of earrings--one drop style and the other studs.  The drops are pave set with diamonds with a teardrop shape dangling from diamond hoops, done in 14k white gold. The studs are a beautiful pair of sapphire and diamond flowers. Estimate: $600-800

Lot 531: Classic diamond studs had to be included, especially since these are set in my favorite way--the three-prong style!  The diamonds are both Transitional cuts and are approximately 0.80 ct. each. Estimate: $1,000-1,500


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Rago Arts Auction.


Rago Arts Jewelry Auction Set for April 15th & 16th

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Two separate jewelry sales are slated for Rago Arts Auction, happening back-to-back in a two day span--April 15th and April 16th, 2015. The two sales--the Inaugural Fine Jewelry Spring Sale (April 15th), along with the Unreserved Jewelry Sale (April 16th) are both jam-packed with dazzling jewelry and cannot be missed!  I, of course, will be logging in from my computer and watching the action from the comfort of my home. I've enjoyed browsing the catalog, choosing highlights from both sales--the April 15th sale favorites are above, while the April 16th sale favorites are below.  

New to bidding at auction?  This webpage should answer all your questions. Rago Arts hosts bidding online through both Bidsquare and LiveAuctioneers, so you can register through either of those sites to begin bidding as well.

Inaugural Fine Jewelry Spring Sale//April 15th, 2015

Lot 42: This incredible, show-stopping fringe necklace is set with banded agates and diamonds. A contemporary rendition of a turn-of-the-century piece, the round brilliant cut and marquise cut diamonds give away its age. This would look stunning around the neck.  Estimate: $3800-4800

Lot 75: A ring with a shape like this will capture anyone's attention! This designer piece stamped Cirio, as in Maison Cirio, is set with a bicolor tourmaline and diamonds. The Italian design house has created a masterpiece with this one! Estimate: $750

Lot 124: A wreath-inspired elongated diamond ring, set with round brilliant cut diamonds totaling about one carat, all set in 14k yellow gold.  I love this style of ring and this one appears to flatter the finger very well! Estimate: $800-1200

Lot 125: If you are a fox jewelry fan, this lot is for you!  Two foxes--one set as a full brooch, the other more of a bar pin/safety pin style.  Both set in silver topped gold with rose cut diamonds and ruby eyes.  Estimate: $800-1200

Lot 146: I love a good lot where all the items in it are desirable! This one includes two rings and a pair of earrings.  The rings are both Art Deco--one is set with a large blue zircon in the center, surrounded by diamonds and the other is a navette shaped ring set with all diamonds.  The earrings are created from a pair of cufflinks--very cool!  Estimate: $1000-1500

Lot 206: This lot consists of six pins and one lapel watch--a plethora of anique goodies!  They range in dates from 1890-1915 and are all gold, either 10k or 14k.  I love the seed pearl sunburst pin and the enameled pieces.  Estimate: $1000-1500

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Unreserved Fine Jewelry Sale//April 16th, 2015

Lot 604a: This Victorian rose cut diamond bangle features a floral cluster in the center of this exquisite bracelet. The piece is in great condition and tests for at least 10k gold. Estimate: $350-450

Lot 626: There's nothing like an Art Deco diamond and sapphire dinner ring--this one is so gorgeous, set with Old European cut diamonds and chevron shaped synthetic sapphires. It is a size 6 1/2.  Estimate: $700-900

Lot 635: Enameled pansy jewelry is always a favorite amongst collectors.  This lot comes with several--a bracelet with seven pansy charms on a multi-strand chain, two pansy brooches, and one pansy ring.  This is the ultimate collection for enameled pansy lovers! Estimate: $500-700

Lot 640: Such a sweet combination of sapphires and river pearls in cluster settings!  This lot features a pair of earrings and matching ring.  Estimate: $500-600

Lot 679: Love these trio of unusual designs--the furthest on the left is a bypass style ring set in 18k gold with a tiger's eye and bone disc each bezel set, the center is also set in 18k gold holding a banded agate rod, and the third ring is a bypass style set with a swirl of diamonds, also 18k gold.  Estimate: $300-450

Lot 816: A perfect pair--an Old Mine cut diamond cluster saddle ring and an Egyptian Revival enameled ring set with a large oval cabochon cut onyx.  Both are a size 7 1/2.  Estimate: $500-700


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Typical Tuesday with Katherine Van Dell of Rago Arts


Name: Katherine Van Dell

Job: Jewelry Specialist at Rago Arts auction house

Location: Lambertville, NJ

Rago Arts Jewelry Auction Set for December 7, 2014

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The moment every jewelry enthusiast has been waiting for--the countdown to Rago Arts Jewelry Auction has begun!  When my catalog arrived for the December 7th sale, it was all I could stare at for a few hours!  The sale has an abundance of collectible items, lots of rings, some incredible rare antique pieces, the largest known near-round saltwater pearl, some Hermes gloves and other items, and even a lot featuring 260+ jewelry renderings.  Things that you never thought you needed, now swirling around in your mind and you can't seem to deny that you want them!  A highlight for me are many of the lots featuring jewelry from the collection of Gray Davis Boone, a well-known dealer who had a shop in NYC's Diamond District. With each lot from her collection, one can easily recognize the years worth of collecting in one single lot!  It is such an incredible opportunity for a jewelry collector.  

I will be sitting at my laptop come auction day, conveniently held on a Sunday, and logging in to bid!  If you haven't signed up, or don't know how to bid, it's simple!  Just follow the steps as outlined by Eliane Talec, Chief Administrative Officer at Rago Arts in the video, shown here.  

It took quite awhile to figure out my favorite lots, but I think I finally narrowed it down to TEN!  Although I have 20 others written many good jewels!  Check them out!  What are your favorite lots?!

Lot 2048: Every antique jewelry collector needs a Victorian serpent necklace--this one is amazing!  It features a large half carat pear-shaped diamond set in the snake's head with a very unique item suspending from its mouth--another enameled snake!  I've never seen one like it! Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 2070: This lot is one from Gray Davis Boone and it features three incredible Victorian gold bangles.  Two of the bangles have beautiful engraved patterns and the other is set with pearls, coral and an Old Mine cut diamond.  Such great examples of Victorian bangles!  Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 2077: These two rings are to-die-for!  Both are Georgian memorial rings--one features black enamel with an applied engraved memorial for the year 1823, the other is a blue enameled ring with rose cut diamonds and inlaid TBD and HGD.  This lot is also from the collection of Gray Davis Boone. Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 2096: A mouth-dropping sapphire and diamond parure, included with its original box!  The silver-topped gold, sapphire and diamond necklace measures 18 inches in length and is truly spectacular.  Matching earrings, as well as one smaller similar earring come with, along with the freedom to flaunt this, whomever wins! Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 2102: Quite possibly the perfect pair of Victorian Old Mine cut diamond cluster earrings!  I love the silhouette and the size is totally ideal!  Total carat weight of the pair is 2.25 carats.  Divine!  Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Lot 2109: This group of rings is calling my name!  If reds are your color, this lot is for you--garnet and pearl eternity band, ruby eternity band, red spinel and diamonds, and garnet ring.  Four fairytale antique rings.  Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Lot 2121: A fine example of a Georgian diamond cluster ring with antique ring box.  The ring is set wtih rose cut diamonds in typical silver-topped fashion, approximately one carat total.  Size 8. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Lot 2123: Black or blue enameling on a ring is one of my favorite details possible!  I think that is why I love this lot so much--it features a diamond cluster ring with hints of black enameling down each side.  Doesn't hurt that it comes with a cute five-stone old cut diamond band.  From the collection of Gray Davis Boone.  Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Lot 2139: Three diamond pendants, each bold and unique in their own way.  I never thought two of my favorite motifs could combine into one--starburst and heart--to form an awesome pendant.  The cabochon cut sapphire is really cool as well, along with the elongated pearl and diamond pendant.  Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Lot 2233: Banded agates in all their glory--this suite of jewelry is quite the spectacle.  A large graduated banded agate necklace measuring 24 inches in length, a matching bracelet and dangle earrings, all fitted with 14k yellow gold findings.  So cool!  Estimate: $1,000-1,500