Jean Vendome necklace set to shine in June 16 jewelry auction

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Period and contemporary jewelry, gentleman’s pieces and premiere maker watch brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex will all share the spotlight June 16, 2012 during Michaan’s Auctions Jewelry and Timepiece Auction beginning at 10 a.m. in the main gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501. More than 400 lots of beautiful jewelry pieces and vintage watches will be offered.

graduated opal bead necklace

Graduated Opal Bead, Diamond, Platinum Silver Necklace Estimate: $9,000-$15,000. Photo courtesy Michaan's Auctions.

Diamond rings offered in the auction are substantial, represented by the following highlighted lots. One of the largest diamonds is set in a platinum and 18 karat yellow gold ring being sold as lot 3435 ($14,000-$18,000). The fancy, radiant-cut, light yellow diamond weighs 4.02 carats and is certified by a GIA Colored Diamond Grading Report.

Also available is a ring featuring an old European-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.70 carats of wonderful color and clarity (lot 3440). The center stone is then accented by six baguette-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.30 carats. Sixteen single-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.15 carats complete the platinum ring, estimated at $6,000-$9,000.

From an interesting provenance is a pair of Victorian cuff bracelets offered as lot 3269 at an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. The bracelets are part of a jewelry suite from the collection of Anna McKenna Tillman. Tillman’s husband, Frank, was a prominent San Francisco businessman in the late 1800s who made his fortune selling safes and scales. Anna chose to wear these particular bracelets for her portrait sitting in 1872. Each hinged bangle features seven pearls in the form of a cross accented by black enamel. Scroll motifs are fashioned throughout the cuffs as well which are accompanied by a fitted box. (The Tillman portrait showing the bracelets was sold by Michaan’s June 3, 2012, bringing $1,200.)

Vendome amethyst and gold necklace

Jean Vendome Diamond, Amethyst, Stalactite, Crystal, Sterling Silver, 18K Yellow Gold Necklace Estimate: $1,500-$2,000

Also offered is an amethyst, crystal and stalactite Jean Vendome necklace, believed to be from the 1960s (lot 3190, $1,500-$2,000). The piece features amethyst slices and unfinished crystals, creating an unconventional and breathtakingly beautiful piece. Upon one side is a line of eight natural, graduating amethyst crystals. The other side is fashioned with seven amethyst slabs, whose crystalline effect appears to blossom along the neckline. Two carved amethyst flowers that each display a diamond finish the succession of slabs, echoing the theme beautifully. The piece is signed J. Vendome and is accompanied by a handmade, fitted box.

An opal, diamond and platinum necklace carries an estimate of $9,000-$15,000. The graduated opal beads are of the highest quality with an intense, fiery spark and are matched with the utmost precision. The necklace is completed by a platinum filigreed fish hook clasp accented by 0.06 carats of full-cut diamonds.

Many remarkable jade lots are up for auction, but a pair of jadeite drop earrings prove to be a unique selection of quality. Each earring features a jadeite plaque of exceptional translucency and rich color, measuring approximately 40 x 15 x 2 mm. Each plaque bears a carving of a delightful squirrel crawling amongst grape bunches and leaves. The jadeite in these earrings is known to be over 40 years old and impressively remains in pristine condition. The whimsical earrings will be offered as lot 3346 at an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Antique gold bangle bracelets with pearls

Pair of Victorian Pearl, Enamel, 14-karat Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelets Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

The illustrated auction catalog can be viewed online at Michaan’s website; for more information call 510-740-0220.

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