Monday, December 2, 2013

Dating Sarah Coventry Jewelry by name of the Design

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry was sold by the party plan during the 1950 to 1970s.  Each piece was given a design name.  Knowing the name of the piece will allow you to date it since the designs were made for a limited number of years.

Many of the resource books will tell you the date of the piece if you know the name.  My favorite research book on Sarah Conventry jewelry is " Emmons and Sarah Coventry Jewelry Fashion Show - Deborah A. Robinson."

This is a video that I put together on YouTube which shows 13 pieces of Sarah Coventry jewelry from the middle of the last century with design name and date of manufacture.

Most Sarah Coventry jewelry designs are quite collectible today.


For a great range of Sarah Coventry jewelry, please visit Vintage Jewelry Lane. Sarah Coventry jewelry is one of the specialties of my site.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry from the 1960s and 70s

Sarah Coventry Jewelry at Vintage Jewelry Lane

Sarah Coventry jewelry is well known and very popular with collectors of vintage jewelry.   Each piece is well made and has come to be known by the name that the designers gave to it.   This piece, for instance is called "Touch of Elegance."  I think the name fits beautifully.


The jewelry was originally sold by the party plan in the 1960s and 70s.  But don't let that fool you into thinking this is not good quality jewelry. It has stood the test of time and many pieces are in the same condition as when it was made.

One of the specialties of my website is Sarah Coventry jewelry.  You can see the full range at Vintage Jewelry Lane. 

I've put together a video on my YouTube channel showcasing some of the Sarah Coventry piece from the 1960s and 70s.  The video has music.   Grab a cup of coffee and Enjoy!

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels on the Auction Block Again

Sotheby's to Auction Magnificent Jewels in Geneva.

Sotheby's Auction house often showcases their idea of Magnificent Jewels. And from past auctions,magnificent they are.  The newest Magnificent Jewels auction is no exception.  It is full of gorgeous pieces, many dating back hundreds of years.

The Magnificent Jewels sale on 13 November features the Pink Star, one of the world's great natural treasures. This  59.60-carat  beauty is a fancy vivid pink, internally flawless diamond - the largest diamond of this color grade known - and is the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction.

Some well know designers in this auction are  Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier jewelry, and Bulgari among many others.

The diamond is set to be a major highlight of the international auction calendar this year and the much-anticipated sale will comprise over 370 lots, including iconic jewels such as the "Walska Briolette Diamond" brooch, gems with important provenance, impressive diamonds and gemstones, as well as fine period creations signed by the world's most celebrated jewelers.

 You can view details of the auction and see the whole catalog online at Sotheby's.

I have put together a small slide show on my YouTube Channel that highlights my favorite pieces from the auction.  The video has music with it.  It is best seen in full screen (bottom right corner icon to show the details of the pieces.)  I hope you enjoy the show!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Skinner Fine Silver Auction - October 5 in Boston

Skinner Fine European Silver Auction to be Held Soon

Skinner Auction House will soon featuring a large range of fine European Silver on the Auction block.  The auction will take place on October 5, 2013 in Boston and will feature some wonderful pieces dating back to the 1600s.
Skinner Fine Silver to be auctioned in Boston on Octoer 5
These are a few of my favorite pieces:

Pair of Victorian Gold-washed Sterling Silver Apostle Spoons

George V Sterling Silver Two-handled Covered Cup

This YouTube Video gives a preview of some of my other favorite lots.


To view the auction catalog, please visit Skinner Auction House.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sotheby's Goes Green -- With Jewels and Jadeite

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite


Green in the theme for the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite at Sotheby's Auction House. The auction will take place in Hong Kong on April 8, 2013 and has some truly stunning pieces of jewelry and jadeite art.

The auction will present an exquisite collection of fine jewels combining great rarity and beauty.  The sale is exemplified by the Blushing Gold ring. This great treasure, recently exhibited at the Royal Kensington Palace, features a fancy vivid yellow diamond of 13.10 carats, embellished by Argyle pink diamonds. Also stupendous is an exceptional 3.04-carat heart-shaped fancy intense blue diamond.

While these pieces were beauties, my favorites were the big array of green jewelry, featuring emeralds, and jade.    Here are some highlights:

Jadeite Teapot Bamboo Ornament:


Impressive Jadeite and Diamond Necklace:


Carved Emerald Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch by Cartier

Emerald and Diamond Ivy Necklace by Michele Della Valle
Jadeite, Garnet and Diamond Earrings Kai-Yin Lo


Jadeite, Rock Crystal, Garnet and Diamond Brooch Kai-Yin Lo
 
You can browse the full auction catalog here.

I'd be hard press to say which is my favorite but I think the ivy necklace gets my vote. Which is your favorite piece?

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