A wide-ranging Jewellery & Watches Auction

28/08/2020     News Stories & Press Release

Roseberys London : A diamond bracelet, an emerald ring and a French Belle Epoque platinum, emerald and diamond cluster ring will lead a varied sale of jewellery and watches at Roseberys London this autumn. The auction takes place on Tuesday 22 September and contains jewellery from the 18th century to the present day, featuring famous names such as Hermes, Cartier, Tiffany, Pomellato, Tabbah, Percossi Papi and Gavello. Major brands in the world of high-end watches are also for sale and include timepieces by Patek Philippe, Bulgari, De Grisogono and Rolex.

Mark Bowis, Head of Department comments on the upcoming sale ‘The sale contains a varied selection of jewels and watches from antique to modern. The 18th century is represented by a George III mourning ring and three pair cased pocket watches, whilst modern examples include a diamond and white chalcedony turtle brooch by Cartier and an 18ct gold and coloured diamond dual time automatic wristwatch by De Grisogono. Also included in the sale is a collection of jewels by Percossi Papi who has also designed and crafted jewels for various films. With estimates ranging from £100 to £10,000 the auction offers something for everyone.’

  Cartier Turtle Brooch

A diamond and white chalcedony turtle brooch, by Cartier

Leading the highlights within the sale, estimated at £4,000 – 5,000 is a a diamond and white chalcedony turtle brooch by Cartier (lot 268). A highly wearable, fun jewel by one of the eminent jewellery houses, drawing on their tradition of animal-design brooches.


A nineteenth century gold framed hardstone cameo brooch

Another interesting brooch to be included in the auction is lot 172, a nineteenth century gold framed hardstone cameo brooch, depicting a helmeted Athena with serpent in profile, to a gold frame with beaded perimeter. The snake is Athena’s sacred animal. This is a lovely example of skilled 19th century cameo craftsmanship. Cameos became especially popular during the Victorian era, when they were considered de-rigeur for any traveller returning from the Italy as part of their ‘Grand Tour’. This brooch is estimated to sell for £500 - £800.


A 19th century Russian gold, diamond and spinel circular brooch

Rounding up the highlights of brooches on offer is lot 182, a 19th century Russian gold, diamond and spinel circular brooch that has been estimate to sell for £2,000 – 4,000. This brooch is a fine example of late 19th century jewellery.  The central cabochon cushion-shaped spinel to a surround of rose cut diamonds and gold beaded petals, the outer circumference decorated with seed pearl accents and beaded scroll motifs to filigree borders. It is in very good condition and is both a collectable and wearable piece of jewellery. Spinel is the August birthstone and has been growing in popularity in recent years as an alternative to ruby.

diamond flexiable bracelet

A diamond flexible bracelet

Among the highlights of bracelets on offer in the sale is lot 321, an Art-Deco diamond flexible bracelet. Ever a classic design, this type of diamond bracelet is always on-trend. The flexible design ensures that it wraps comfortably around the wrist. It is estimated to sell for £10,000 – 15,000.

19th Century French gold diamond and ruby bracelet

A late 19th century French gold, diamond and ruby articulated panel bracelet

Another bracelet on offer from an earlier period is lot 183, a 19th Century gold ruby and diamond gold panel bracelet. This bracelet is beautifully designed, with articulated panels decorated with stylised dragons. A fun, unique and easy to wear design.


An early 19th century Italian micromosaic necklace

Estimated to fetch between £1,500 – 2,000 is an early 19th century Italian micromosaic necklace (lot 168) . The necklace is composed of ten graduated oval plaques depicting Roman ruins including the Pyramid of Cestius, the Tomb of Caecilia Metella, the Temple of Vesta and waterfalls at Tivoli and two monumental arches, mounted in gold with fine belcher link triple row connections, circa 1820. Highly desirable and collectible, this necklace showcases the craftsmanship and skill of Italian mosaic jewellers of the 19th century. Micromosaics are believed to have originated in the ancient world – artisan craftsmen in Iraq would enhance the beauty of stately buildings with decorative blocks of clay. Centuries later, the Vatican Mosaic Studio began to train mosaicists to replicate Renaissance paintings in enamelled glass tiles. Micromosaics (highly intricate, small-scale mosaics) became popular in the late 18th century, largely because they could be created more quickly than larger scale works. As a result, they were often marketed to tourists enjoying the Grand Tour.

French Belle Epoque emerald ring

A French Belle Epoque, platinum, emerald and diamond cluster ring

Among the rings on offer is an early 20th century platinum, emerald and diamond cluster ring (lot 314), estimated to make £7,000 – 9,000. While typical of the early 20th century, this stylish and delicate ring is timeless. The stylised surround complements the bright, attractive emerald.

diamond ring

A diamond ring

Another impressive ring in the sale is this diamond ring (lot 316). The square modified brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 2.01 carats is estimated to sell for £6,000 – 8,000. The ring is accompanied by a report from the Gemological Institute of America.

Percossi Papi

A pair of sapphire and peridot portrait drop earrings, by Percossi Papi (lot 193)

A large segment in the sale from lot 189 to 199 is a selection of jewels by Percossi Papi, based in Rome, with starting estimates ranging from £150 - £300. Percossi Papi has been creating jewels since 1968; taking inspiration from history he places an emphasis on design, the materials used, colour and shape. He has also created jewels for various films including Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Cartier Watch

An 18ct gold 'Tank' quartz wristwatch by Cartier

A standout highlight of the watches on offer is an 18ct gold 'Tank' quartz wristwatch by Cartier (lot 267). Always popular, this iconic watch by Cartier is perfect for everyday wear and is always highly sought after. The line of Tank watches was created by Louis Cartier in 1917, and was allegedly inspired by the new Renault tanks which Cartier saw in use on the Western Front. Wearers of Cartier Tank watches have included: Princess Diana, Mohamed Ali and Steve McQueen. This lot is estimated to make, £800 – 1,200.

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Jewellery & Watches

Tuesday 22 September, starting at 11am

Viewing information (Viewing by appointment only)

Thursday 17 September 10am-5pm (last appointment 4pm)

Friday 18 September 10am-5pm (last appointment 4pm)

Sunday 20 September 10am-2pm (last appointment 1pm)

Monday 21 September 10am – 5pm (last appointment 4pm)

Please contact Marketing & PR Project Manager, Peigi Mackillop if you require any further information : peigimackillop@rosebery.co.uk 




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