Ever been involved in a bidding war?! If you’re an antique jewelry collector you’ve been in AT LEAST one and know exactly what the item was and how you felt in that moment! Most introverts become heart-thumping, rash decision-makers and most shy, timid people become voracious, crazy bidders during a high stakes auction, when favorite pieces are up on the block. I, myself, have been guilty of this–no matter how much you plan ahead and write down your absolute highest offer and promise yourself not to go over it, all that means nothing when it is “crunch time.” Last week, for example, I lost out on a ring by $25 just because I tried to be good and not exceed my maximum limit I set for that particular item. Now, when I think back, would I have gladly paid an extra $25 to own that ring?! YES! So there is always a good vs. evil concept going on with bidding and sometimes you are your own worst enemy. Some of my favorite auction wins involved a stroke of good luck, so that plays into it as well!
It’s not even September yet and I already had to peek at Fellows’ Antique & Modern Sale as soon as they posted their catalog online. Their September sale is going to be a good one, with numerous items that are incredibly desirable! I’ve got my list going, now it is your turn to pick out your favorite items you will be bidding on when auction day comes–September 17th, 2015. My prediction? These 12 items will be causing some bidding battles and leaving some people heart-broken and the winners feeling amazing! Let’s take a closer look at these pieces:
Lot 9: This late 19th century Emerald bangle bracelet has exquisite gems that are such a deep forest-green color, which will attract buyers and collectors from all over! The engraving throughout the bangle is a nice touch and if you pay attention, you will find the matching earrings and necklace that go along with this bracelet! How great would it be to acquire the whole set?!
Lot 18: A fun and playful station necklace, this vintage piece is done in 9k gold with beads of malachite, a very trendy gemstone in today’s fashion world. This necklace is hip and could make any outfit better! A fine piece of jewelry that isn’t going to break the bank, yet continue to hold its value.
Lot 91: An incredible Art Nouveau diamond and sapphire dress clip turned necklace! The style of this piece is quite unique, I’ve never seen anything like it. Talk about a stunning piece of history, one that will stand out in someone’s collection.
Lot 195: Ughh, this ring brings me to tears when I look at it!! If you want to focus on creating the most insane navette ring collection, just watch what comes up to auction from Fellows–I swear they have the best navettes ever! This one is seriously the best I’ve ever seen…but I may be retracting that statement next month when seeing their next batch of jewels…
Lot 203: I’ve seen some amazing rings be made out of arrow jabot pins and this one would be a great one to use–set with diamonds and onyx. I’ve also seen lots of these popping up everywhere as earrings, with the arrow seemingly poking through one’s ear. Lots of possibilities with this one!
Lot 225: These diamond “webbing” motif rings are my weakness and this particular ring is a fine example. Typical of the Edwardian time period, this ring is set with an oval sapphire in the center and diamonds all around. Who will win this beauty?!
Lot 251: A very geometric bangle bracelet which is vintage and set with the coolest, boldest hexagon amethysts. If you’re looking for a unique piece with a big splash of color, this is it! I think this might be small enough to fit me?! I might be bidding…
Lot 484: A precious pair of coral drop earrings with a dainty diamond clover detail up top. These earrings are antique with rose cut diamonds and are something that can be worn daily.
Lot 488: Another cute pair of earrings, these are diamond bird stud earrings with dangling diamonds in each of their beaks. How adorable?! Perfect for any animal or bird lover, or even a nature lover.
Lot 514: A rare early 20th century black ribbon choker necklace, featuring a plaque of diamonds and pearls in a bow motif. Funny to see something like this which was very popular then and have it slowly becoming popular again today! This would be right on trend now.
Lot 517: A glorious pair of rose cut diamond dangle earrings circa late 1800s with black enamel detail. What makes these special besides all the original rose cuts is how the backs had brooch fittings added at a later date so they can be worn as earrings or brooches. So neat!
Lot 584: Can you tell I’m infatuated with the clover trefoil motif?! I love how this ring features slightly different pearl overtones–one white, one more peach, one more purple/pink. Definitely a special ring that will cause some high bidding come auction day!
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