Prestigious designer costume jewelry in Tonya Cameron's Feb. 13 auction Tonya A. Cameron Auctions will auction a private 50-year collection of premium-quality designer costume jewelry on Sunday, Feb. 13. Approximately 15,000 pieces will be offered.
News-Antique.com - Feb 09,2011 - SAUGUS, Mass. – Tonya A. Cameron Auctions is proud to announce the recent acquisition of a private 50-year collection of fine costume jewelry from a New England collector. The collection containing approximately 15,000 pieces of premium-quality costume and vintage jewelry will be auctioned with no reserves on Sunday, Feb. 13, commencing at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
Cameron said viewing the collection for the first time was “like finding King Tut’s Tomb of vintage and costume jewelry – it offers something for collector.” The entire collection has been well preserved and was properly wrapped and stored away for many years.
The consignor told Cameron she first fell in love with vintage jewelry when she was around 10 years old, when her grandmother gave her a couple of pot metal pins and a Murano necklace. However, the consignor came from a traditional New England family in which “proper young ladies” didn't wear glitzy jewelry...maybe a single strand of pearls, Cameron said, so wearing the more colorful, eye-catching pieces would have to wait.
“With the exception of pieces purchased at church sales, which were considered an exception because they were church donations, the consignor didn’t get to enjoy her collection until she was an adult,” said Cameron. “She made up for lost time by traveling extensively with her husband and fulfilling her passion for jewelry at auctions and in out of the way places.” Any leftover or unwanted jewelry would always be given to young girls to start their collections or donated to charity.
Of particular interest in the collection are two necklaces of brilliant colors from the 1930s-‘40s: a rare West German necklace with matching earrings, and a French necklace constructed with an articulated frame – the consignor has never seen another example of the latter jewelry suite. Both lots were worn by jewelry models and discovered in a small town on the eastern shore of Maryland and a little bayou town in Louisiana, respectively.
Bidders should “be prepared to be blinded by the thousands of sparking and glittering array of other jewels featured in the sale,” Cameron said. Many pieces range from the 1800s through the 1990s and include designs by: Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Weiss, Boucher, Eisenberg, Schiaparelli, Hagler, Dominique Aurientis, Hobe, and Levy.
Periods and categories include: French Art Deco, Egyptian Revival, Asian, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Czech figural, crystal filigree, apple juice Bakelite/celluloid, sterling silver, military buttons, wonderful figural and floral tremblers and many more.
For questions regarding any item in the sale, contact Tonya A. Cameron Auctions’ experts Ruthann Zanti or Michael Rindeau at 781-233-0006 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the fully illustrated catalog online and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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Two pairs of Dominique Aurients earrings, estimate for the pair: $100-$200. Image courtesy Tonya A. Cameron Auctioneers.