Fine jewelry to be auctioned by Skinner Sept. 16

BOSTON – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, has announced highlights of its upcoming fine jewelry auction. The auction, which takes place on Sept. 16 in Skinner’s Boston gallery, features fashions of every style – with almost 600 lots of Art Deco, Victorian, Art Nouveau and contemporary pieces.

To be offered at the sale is a collection of beautiful reverse-painted crystals, many quite rare in size and quality. All eight pieces, coming to Skinner from a single consignor, are high-end examples of this type of jewelry. Included is a brooch depicting a bird with orange breast and striped wings (lot 274, estimate  $3,000-$4,000); an enamel hunting bracelet composed of crystal links portraying waterfowl, joined by crossed shotguns (lot 277, estimate $2,000-$3,000); and a wristwatch depicting fishing lures and leaping brook and rainbow trout (lot 278, estimate $1,800-$2,200).

Another highlight of the auction is a collection of Lover’s Eye jewelry. While it’s remarkable for Skinner to see one piece of this unusual jewelry during a sale, here is an entire collection of five pieces including an antique miniature eye portrait pendant on ivory (lot 211, estimate $1,500-$2,000); an antique miniature eye portrait pin framed by split seed pearls (lot 212, estimate $1,500-$2,000); and a Lover’s Eye ring (lot 214, estimate $400-$600).

Colored gems will shine bright on Sept. 16, particularly a very rare and stunning pink and blue diamond twin stone ring (lot 590, estimate $150,000-$250,000). Subtlety set together, the gray-blue marquise-cut diamond weighs 2.87 carats, and the pink marquise-cut diamond weighs 2.60 carats. The ring is accompanied by GIA certificates. Two alexandrites also are up for bid including an antique alexandrite and diamond pendant brooch (lot 585, estimate $40,000-$60,000) from the turn of the century that comes to Skinner through the family of the original owner. With a beautiful color change, the stone is well cut and an important size for an alexandrite. For those that can’t afford the more significant alexandrite, a smaller alexandrite ring (lot 583, estimate $5,000-$7,000) framed by old European-cut diamonds is a perfect alternative.
 
For collectors of Art Deco jewelry, the sale features several interesting pieces including: a platinum, emerald and diamond brooch by Marcus & Co. (lot 555, estimate $4,000-$6,000), no longer in business but once recognized as one of America’s best jewelers; a Cartier platinum and diamond charm bracelet (lot 570, estimate $6,000-$8,000), which was created for the original owner with charms representing her family members and their lives; and a very wearable platinum and diamond necklace (lot 589, estimate $15,000-$20,000) in a geometric shape with a total diamond weight of 7.70 carats.

Several stunning works by Van Cleef & Arpels are on the block including two exotic wood pieces, which the company no longer makes: an 18K “Nerval” clip brooch (lot 401, estimate $2,500-$3,500) and earclips (lot 402, estimate $1,500-$2,000). Both feature wood petals and full-cut diamond highlights. Also by Van Cleef & Arpels is an 18K gold, coral and diamond “Rose de Noel” brooch (lot 400A, estimate $7,000-$9,000). As well, a very collectible artist-designed 18K rose gold kinetic ring by Pol Bury (lot 80, estimate $8,000-$12,000), featuring rotating discs anchored by spheres, will grace the sale.

Other sale highlights include an Art Nouveau erotic enamel and pearl pendant (lot 282, estimate $1,800-$2,200), the whimsical piece incorporating natural pearls to represent parts of the female anatomy; and an Art Deco platinum and diamond lorgnette and chain (lot 557, estimate $2,000-$3,000). Being sold to benefit the Mass General Hospital to fund a scholarship is a 4.17-carat diamond and platinum ring (lot 563, estimate $40,000-$60,000) by C.D. Peacock of Chicago, accompanied by GIA report; and a platinum and diamond longchain (lot 512, estimate $55,000-$65,000), spectacular-set with 158 full-cut diamonds.

Previews, Special Event and Catalog Information

Previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 12-5 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 15 from 12-7 p.m. During Sunday’s preview attendees are invited to participate in a jewelry clinic, hosted by Mr. Hagop Matossian from Bostonian Jewelers. Mr. Matossian, an antique and period jewelry restoration expert viewed by his peers as a pioneer in laser restoration techniques, will be available for individual consultations concerning items in the auction.

Illustrated catalog #2423 is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 978-779-6241 x240. It is also available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale.

For more information, call 617-350-5400, or visit www.skinnerinc.com. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.

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