Collect.com Premier Jewelry Auction launches Oct. 25-Nov.11

Collect.com Auctions, in partnership with jewelry specialist Kathy Flood, will open its inaugural online jewelry auction for bids on Oct. 25 with final bids closing Nov. 11. The sale features more than 500 lots of collectible jewelry including fine jadeite, diamond, silver, gold, designer costume pieces, as well as Victorian, Art Deco and cameos.

An exceptional double-strand estate necklace of 113 natural Burmese apple-green jadeite beads, approximately 17 inches long.jpgAn impressive collection of guaranteed-natural untreated Burmese jadeite should interest all those collectors fascinated by the valuable gem of the East — but concerned about buying because so much treated material floods the market. The highest-quality and most colorful (green, red, orange, lavender, ice white) array of jadeite will headline the sale. For many pieces, this is the first time ever offered on the market. 

Among the stellar jadeite collection, one double strand of graduated apple-green beads with diamond-platinum clasp is the prize of one woman’s carefully built collection, with the unimpeachable provenance from San Francisco’s famed Gump’s luxury goods estate department. 

“To be honest, I didn’t fully grasp how deep passions run for jade, despite reviewing astronomical auction results – until the 4th edition of Warman’s Jewelry debuted,” Flood said. “There had been a desire among many jewelry lovers to understand jadeite, and in this auction bidders can enjoy full confidence in what they win, without worrying about risking an expensive mistake.”   

The auction includes vintage and contemporary jadeite in a spectacular array of colors, one group from a family of long-time collectors, as well as Mason-Kay, one of the top names in jade in America. 

“Fine jadeite lots open as low as  $75,” Flood said. “This truly is a market event no serious or casual jadeite admirer can afford to miss.”

Flood is a journalist, author and owner of several internet jewelry shops. Her latest book, Warman’s Jewelry 4th Edition, from Krause Publications, showcases many of the most popular categories in the auction: jade, pearls, diamonds, figurals, Victorian, Bakelite, designer pieces, silver and more.

“With some fun lots opening at $25,” Flood said, “the auction really is for everyone. One of the most … ‘touching’ collections includes never-worn costume pieces from 1959, originally from a Wisconsin shop and now back home again half a century later. Costume-jewelry collectors will enjoy dating jewelry specifically to 1959. 

A collection from dealer Linda Lombardo’s shop Worn to Perfection, offers delicious Art Deco, Victorian, Miriam Haskell, DeLizza & Elster. It also features a French, cut-celluloid pin from her own collection, which was featured in Warman’s Jewelry. Also from France, the sale offers an incredible Hanna Bernhard pink flamingo (see page 26 of the Aug. 4 edition. -Editor). And a hot 1960s poured-glass necklace from Paris.

“Artist Eve Alfillé consigned not only some of the most exquisite pearl creations, but works of art in gold and gemstones,” Flood said. “Another exciting highlight is a 1980s collection of jewelry by the brilliant designer Stuart Freeman. Not only did he have, from the start, a devoted clientele that included many famous names, he was the darling of Vogue magazine editors. Collect.com is lucky to have more than 50 fresh lots of his zany, ingenious yet beautiful designs, some dating to his earliest days on the fashion scene.

I personally consigned two of his legendary Christmas tree pins, along with more than 100 other collectible holiday lots that include rarities never offered before, from Navajo sterling to Bakelite thick as a steak.”

Andy Warhol creations is on the auction bill in two ways – the first, as part of a Pop tribute collection Stuart Freeman created in the 1980s. The second is a Warhol-signed brooch from 1964, Green Marilyn. The former Norma Jean isn’t the only celebrity making an appearance in the auction. Rare, vintage brooches in the form of Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra and Pinocchio in the form of a rare old wood and Bakelite puppet brooch are sure to dazzle collectors. 

Costume-jewelry collectors who love old stock from unsold inventory will also want to bid on consignments from the founder of the house of Lianna, which includes original designs as well as vintage restrikes from his father’s archives.     

“Silver jewelry glows in the lineup, from vintage Southwest to Peruvian. Cameo lovers can see a variety worth registering for and people passionate for Kenneth Jay Lane will flip over some of KJL’s necklaces and bracelets. Jewelry lovers who enjoy ‘crossing over’ into other collecting categories can find quite a few examples of desirable vanity-related designs in compact jewelry. Single consignments include everything from a 1950s gold and diamonds Rado wristwatch to the most enormous Joseff of Hollywood brooch.

“Buyers will enjoy the way the auction opens, with jewelry targeted to specific hobby niches,” Flood said. “Whether you’re a hunter or a wine lover, Barbie doll devotée, buttons nut, or are crazy for carousel horses, weather vanes, fishing, stamps, coins or music, a little something-something will be there for you. After all, this is a Collect.com auction, so we wanted to tickle the fancy of all hobbyists, not just those lucky jewelry lovers.”

An illustrated catalog for Collect.com Auction’s Oct. 25 Jewelry Auction is available by calling 888-463-3063 after Oct. 15. An online catalog will be viewable through the website www.collect.com/auctions. All absentee forms of bidding are available through www.collect.com/auctions or by calling 888-463-3063, fax 715-445-4087 or e-mail at auctions@collect.com. The jewelry auction features a 17 percent buyer’s premium. 

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