Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sotheby's March 17 London Sale Results

Sotheby's auction house recently had a fabulous sale of jewelry in London. The sale was held on March 17 and the pieces were just wonderful. Among the listings were some delicate cannetille work jewels from the early 19th Century incorporating pink topaz; several Archaeological revival jewels from the mid 19th Century including an attractive bangle by Phillips of Cockspur Street.

One particular highlight was a very versatile late 19th Century jewel that can be worn as a corsage ornament, a tiara and also as a necklace, as well as converting to pendants, brooches and jewelled hair decorations.

Many jewels from the famous jewelry houses of Bulgari, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels appeared in the sale. And from Cartier, a collection of beautiful hand-colored jewelry designs from the 40s and 50s was featured.

Here are some of my favorites:

For all of the results, you can see the list on this page of the Sotheby's website. The auction house is also currently taking consignments for their next sale of fine jewelry which will take place on July 13 in London.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Red Rhinestone Vintage Jewelry is a Hot Seller

Anyone who has dabbled in selling vintage jewelry will agree that red is one of the colors that always gets the most watchers and bids. It is so rich and regal, makes a perfect Valentine's day or Christmas present and can be worn anytime and still looks perfectly in fashion.

I have been lucky enough to acquire a fabulous full parure, pictured here, by vintage designer Judy Lee. Judy Lee was a signature used by Blanch-ette, Inc. and was founded in 1949 by Blanch and Aldo Viano in Chicago, IL, and was sold through home parties. It is rare for a set of this condition with all pieces intact to be offered together.

The set consists of a brooch, pair of clip back earrings and matching cuff bracelet with an open back. All of the pieces are set in gold tone metal.

The bracelet has a cut out design with a 1" band, and a front section with red glass rhinestones in dog tooth and prong settings. The earrings have a design which matches one half of the bracelet setting. The brooch features three of the clusters in a modified triangular shape. it also has a bale on the back, so that you can hang it from a chain if desired. (no chain is included.)

For more details and additional pictures, please visit my Ruby Lane Shop - The Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry. The set is affordably priced at $135 and will not last long.


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