Exceptional Burmese jadeite and items from the Stuart Freeman Collection in Collect.com Auctions’ Premier Jewelry Auction now open for bidding


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The pinnacle of a jade lover's aspirations - and a daughter's proof to her mother she was ready for the best the world of jade had to offer. Many jade connoisseurs go their entire lives without seeing in person a true apple-green necklace of the finest color and carving, but this is one. A necklace similar to this sold at auction for $250,000. Not only the notable apple-green hues are exceptional in this case, but the provenance is as well, from the estate department of Gump's, the only store traveling to the Orient for fine jadeite longer than Cartier. This is an outstanding necklace of 113 apple-green jadeite beads, 55 translucent-to-opaque carved beads measuring 5.7 to 8.8mm, and 58 beads measuring 4.4 to 9.2mm, nested as a double strand. Platinum clasp (with white-gold tongue) is set with marquise diamond 10.5 x 4.8 x 1.9mm, approx. 0.55 carats; GH color; Vs clarity. Length is approx. 17î, knotted, with clasp. Necklace finished with handcrafted navette-shaped platinum clasp, detailed engraved sidewalls, the top millegraine trimmed and flush-set to highlight one brilliant-cut marquise diamond. Clasp is fitted with side tension release, white-gold push-plunge closure, and platinum hinged pin set lock bar safety on the reverse. Tests platinum and white gold. Gross troy weight: 43.08 pennyweights. Jadeite beads are variegated light-whitish green to vivid green, with average exhibiting medium to medium-dark color. The brilliant-cut marquise diamond has a bezel-set girdle, large culet, 39.6% depth, and 60.4% table. Probably French. (Necklace still in original Gump's box.) MIN BID $50,000. Photo courtesy Collect.com Auctions.


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IOLA, Wis. – An exceptional Jadeite collection and items from the Stuart Freeman collection are just some of the 627 remarkable lots now open for bids in Collect.com Auctions Premier Jewelry Auction. A free, full color catalog is available for download at Collect.com/Auctions. The auction closes Nov. 11.

Jewelry specialist Kathy Flood, in partnership with Collect.com Auctions, has compiled a blockbuster sale stocked with fine jadeite, fine costume jewelry including, diamond, silver, gold, celebrity couture, as well as Victorian, Art Deco and cameos.

An 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,” said Flood. “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.

Another collection offers delicious Art Deco, Victorian, Miriam Haskell, DeLizza & Elster. It also features a French, cut-celluloid pin, which was featured in Warman’s Jewelry. Also from France, the sale offers an incredible Hanna Bernhard pink flamingo. 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,” Flood said.

Andy Warhol creations are 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 Jewelry Auction is available by calling 888-463-3063. An online catalog is available for free download 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.

Visit Collect.com Auctions online at www.Collect.com/Auctions.

About Kathy Flood

Kathy Flood is a respected jewelry dealer and author of Warman’s Costume Jewelry, Warman’s Costume Jewelry Figurals. She has worked for The Collecting Channel, Chicago Tribune as an antiques and collectibles columnist, and as editor of other collectibles publications.

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Rare lavender-jadeite beads necklace of 30 intricately carved, semi-translucent, natural, untreated 'A' Burmese jadeite beads, each 12mm. The necklace is 20 inches in length, hand knotted, with matching lavender cord; lobster clasp. Color tone is even, beads notably well matched and from a single block of lavender stone, 1970-80s. Owner believes they are especially appealing for the American market because of color, size and pricing. From an exceptional private collection of family jewelry. MIN BID $1,500
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Brooch based on Warhol's Marilyn Monroe series, cloisonné rendering on gold-plated metal, from a small edition issued by Warhol, signed on reverse 'Marilyn 1964 Andy Warhol.' On the occasion one has come up for auction (twice), it sold in Hollywood for more than $3,000. Measures 2 inches by 2 inches. MIN BID $295
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For the connoisseur-collector of rare vintage Bakelite figurals, here is one of the rarest: articulated Bakelite and wood Pinocchio, probably from 1941 (the Disney animated classic came out in December 1940), and the materials are correct for that year. Like a puppet, Pinocchio dangles from a link in his head onto the carved wooden crossbar. Butterscotch Bakelite is painted with accents of facial features and fashion details. The look on his face is one of fear as he runs from bullies. His arms and legs are jointed or articulated, like a puppet's. His head, torso and hands are more heavily carved than his shoes, which are not carved beyond basic shape. His wooden arms and legs are screwed or riveted to wood or Bakelite (the construction goes: wood, plastic, wood (arms), and may be positioned in a variety of poses. The Bakelite is laminated to the wood, which appears to be mahogany, but not with certainty. The crossbar from which Pinocchio swings is carved wood. Figural pin in its entirety is 3-3/4î; Pinocchio alone is 2-3/4î. Some of the original black paint from his hair is missing, possibly some from the feather in his cap and bow-like collar. Mouth and eye are perfect, still have original full paint. Head, shirt and shorts are all one piece; his hands and shoes are separate pieces, so there are five pieces of carved butterscotch Bakelite in all. The entire piece is well executed. Guaranteed vintage 1940s and original in all aspects. MIN BID $395
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A Warholia I Campbell's Soup Can Pin, measuring 2-1/4 inches, is one of several pieces from the personal collection of N.Y.C. designer Stuart Freeman. It is accompanied by clip from Italian magazine featuring Freeman's Warhol tribute collection of jewelry. MIN BID $100

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