Presenting the Fall Jewelry Auction at John Moran Auctioneers --Featuring 315 lots of fine antique and vintage jewelry at all price levels
--All property selected from private collections and estates
--A select group of antiques, fine art, and vintage designer
News-Antique.com - Aug 09,2012 - Pasadena, CA--The fall season at John Moran Auctioneers is set to sparkle, opening with a major two-session sale of fine jewelry and watches on August 28th. The 315 lots, all selected from private collections and estates, represent the best of the Edwardian, Art Deco, and modern eras, including signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, Ruser, Pomellato, Lalaounis, Braun Brothers, Omega, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and many more. Estimates cover all price points, offering opportunities for collectors at every level.
The popular Art Deco category is especially well represented, led by an opulent platinum bracelet set with 145 single and full-cut round diamonds, graded G-H color, and 110 calibre-cut emeralds (estimate: $6000 – 8000). An Art Deco navette-shaped diamond and platinum ring, circa 1925, centers an old European-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.25 cts, graded G-H color, and is further set with 30 old-cut diamonds and with facet-cut black onyx accents. This stylish piece is also estimated at $6000 – 8000. Estimated at $5500- 7500 is a circa 1920 diamond and platinum bow brooch set with a 1.45 cts old European-cut diamond, and further set with 38 full-cut round and old mine-cut diamonds. From the French firm Lacloche Freres and dating to circa 1925, comes a platinum and diamond dress set estimated at $5000 – 7000. The set comprises a pair of double link cufflinks and three shirt studs, its 42 baguette and 12 single-cut round diamonds totaling 3.50 cts and graded G-H color. Lacloche Freres, founded in Paris in1901 and reaching its zenith in the Art Deco era, and was renowned for selling jewelry and accessories by top designers and workshops. During World War I they bought the London store of Faberge and all of its remaining stock.
A coveted item in the Retro category will be a delectable brooch by Cartier that is modeled as a hand, complete with a ruby-set manicure. The circa 1940 piece is exquisitely made of 18K yellow gold, topped with crescent moon and stars set with 38 rose and old European-cut diamonds and 3 simulated emeralds (estimate: $2000 – 3000).
Another whimsical lot is a set of two French diamond and gem-set bird brooches , dating from circa 1960, made of 18K yellow and white gold. One is set with a cabochon ruby body, 4 round sapphires, 7 round rubies and 25 full-cut round diamonds; the other bird is set with a cabochon emerald body, 17 round rubies, and 13 round diamonds. Bidding on this lovely pair is expected to fly to $3000 – 5000.
The top lot in the sale by value is a platinum ring set with a 3.23 cts rectangular-cut diamond, accompanied by a GIA report stating G color (estimate: $30,000 – 40,000.
Leading the parade of desirable watches is a Swiss Vacheron Constantin gentleman's wristwatch, of 18K yellow gold, with an open work, skeleton movement, the watch face and case both set with pave diamonds (estimate: $20,000 – 40,000).
Other high points of the jewelry selection include: