Published 14th October 2013
The Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Autumn 2013 South West of England Fine Sale on the 23rd and 24th October 2013 has a good selection of fine jewellery, including a sapphire and diamond mounted oval cluster ring (FS20/286), the central cushion shaped sapphire approximately 10mm long x 7.5mm wide. Estimated at £2,000-£3,000, this ring of a classic design should prove popular. Sapphires come in many colours including various shades of blue, to pink and yellow shades. This sapphire and diamond ring is an excellent statement ring with regards to its size and colour. Within a surround of diamonds, this sapphire ring is a classic and impressive item of jewellery.
The sale also includes Rolex Gentleman's 18ct gold Oyster Perpetual Day Date Superlative Chronometer wristwatch (FS20/187). Very popular and collectable, this Rolex Oyster Perpetual is waterproof and powered with every move of the wearer's arm. The Rolex Watch Company was founded by brothers-in-law Hans Wildorf and Alfed Davis as a successor to their W&D watch company which they moved from London to Geneva in 1908. It has since grown from strength to strength and is now the largest manufacturer of Swiss chronometers as well as undoubtedly the top status symbol in the watch world! This example is estimated at £4,000-5,000.
Now becoming increasingly popular, various types of amber jewellery can reach high prices at auction. Natural, amber beaded necklaces are most popular, with large beaded necklaces reaching thousands at auction. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering a two examples in this auction including lot 206 which is a single string necklace of graduated amber beads and estimated at £300-£500.
Diamond ear studs are very popular at auction. The higher the carat and quality, the higher the value. Old-cut diamonds are particularly collectable and lot 212 comprises a pair of diamond ear studs weighted at over 0.9 carat each. In a simple curtain claw setting, they are estimated at £2,000-2,500.
Posy rings derive their name from the word 'Posy' or 'Posey', a derivative of poetry meaning short rhyme. These posy rings were popular from the late medieval period onwards. They were used to communicate secret messages between the giver and the recipient. Lot 295 is an example of a posy ring that dates from the 16th century and would make a charming adornment for someone who appreciates the historic and unusual. This rarity is expected to fetch £1,000-1,500.