18-karat dragon bangle bracelet scares up $5,700 in jewelry auction

PASADENA, Calif. — John Moran Auctioneers concluded 2012 by starting something new for the Southern California house: a series of sales dubbed ‘’HQ Auctions’’ conducted at the company headquarters in Altadena, Calif., rather than at their usual venue of the Pasadena Convention Center. Held Dec. 6, 2012, the inaugural HQ sale focused exclusively on jewelry, timepieces and luxury accessories.

This delicate necklace of rose-cut diamonds, made circa 1830, confirmed the ongoing desirability of finely crafted 19th century jewels when it realized $54,000 on a presale estimate of $20,000 – 30,000.

This delicate necklace of rose-cut diamonds, made circa 1830, confirmed the ongoing desirability of finely crafted 19th century jewels when it realized $54,000.

More than 330 lots were offered to a large audience of floor bidders, as well as telephone and more than 400 Internet bidders competing via Artfact.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale achieved stellar prices and an aggregate sell-through rate of 95 percent.


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Diamond pieces took center stage at the HQ auction, the most outstanding of which was perhaps an antique rose-cut diamond necklace. Made circa 1830, and featuring 349 diamonds total, the ornament shot past estimates of $20,000 to $30,000, selling to a telephone bidder for $54,000.

Hailing from a private Pasadena estate and originally estimated to hammer between $25,000 and $35,000, an Edwardian twin diamond necklace set with a total 5.9 carats of diamonds was won for $33,000.

Realizing $5700 was this stunning dragon-form 18k gold and jadeite by the Meiji-era firm of Arthur and Bond of Yokohama (estimate: $1500–$2000). Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers.

Realizing $5700 was this stunning dragon-form 18k gold and jadeite by the Meiji-era firm of Arthur and Bond of Yokohama (estimate: $1500–$2000). Photo courtesy John Moran Auctioneers.

A pair of diamond domed ear clips by famed jeweler Harry Winston, featuring 114 full-cut round diamonds, brought out the floor bidders and sold at $7,800.

A number of highlights were whimsical items appealing to the lighthearted spirit of the season: jeweled insects and animals both real and imagined. The second lot in the auction, and one of the most flamboyant pieces, was an 18-karat gold bangle modeled as a fierce dragon, set with cabochon jadeite. Made circa 1900 by the firm of Arthur & Bond of Yokohama, Japan, it exceeded its estimate of $1,500 to $2,000, bringing $5,700. A ruby, emerald and diamond turtle pendant/brooch realized $1,920 against an estimate of $700 to $900.

Flying to $1,800 at the block was a pair of gemstone and diamond bee earrings with wings of carved garnets, while a striking Egyptian-themed scarab bracelet, crafted in 18-karat gold and set with chalcedony and synthetic ruby realized $2,280. A Rosenthal gold wasp brooch, set with two opals and accented with a dozen full-cut diamonds, went for $510.

This Victorian turquoise and diamond bangle, bearing an inscription from the Duchess of Cambridge, realized $2700 at Moran’s HQ sale.

This Victorian turquoise and diamond bangle, bearing an inscription from the Duchess of Cambridge, realized $2700 at Moran’s HQ sale.

For more information, John Moran offices directly at 626-793-1833 or info@johnmoran.com.

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