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
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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