Sotheby’s Fine Jewels sale in London, 7 June 2017, had an exceptional selection of contemporary and antique jewels and decorative accessories on offer, and a big bunch of international buyers to acquire them. Of great interest was the newly discovered ‘Tenner’ diamond, which sold for £656,750 (est. £250,000-350,000). The ring was originally purchased in the 1980s from a car boot sale for just £10, when it was assumed to be a decorative costume jewel.
In this post we’ll just look at a couple of the earrings sold at auction – either of which would delight the heart of any earring wearer, despite not reaching the grand heights of the few spectacular pieces that changed hands in London that day.
PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE
Pair of cultured pearl and diamond pendant ear clips
Estimate 3,000 — 4,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Pair of cultured pearl and diamond pendent ear clips
Each of abstract spray design set with brilliant-cut diamonds, suspending cultured pearls, clip fittings, lower sections detachable.
Cultured pearl and diamond earrings
Estimate 2,400 — 4,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Each of scroll design, set with pear-shaped and baguette diamonds, suspending cultured pearl drops, post and hinged back fittings.