A Collector's Guide to Boutique Jewels & Vintage Watches

A Collector's Guide to Boutique Jewels & Vintage Watches

Freeman 's @1600 is pleased to present our March 24 auction, Luxe | Boutique Jewels & Vintage Watches. For those new to collecting fine jewelry and watches, there are particular styles, eras, and hallmarks that the savvy collector should be on the lookout for. Check out what our head of sale, Lauren Della Croce, has to say about some of her top picks from the upcoming sale.

03/06/2020     News and Film, Auctions, Collections

Luxe | Boutique Jewels & Vintage Watches


Auction | ONLINE ONLY | March 24 @10AM


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Van Cleef & Arpels and Other Signed Jewelry


Featuring a curated selection of diamonds, colored gemstones, signed goods, antiques, timepieces and luxury accessories; our affordable fresh-to-market finds are an excellent introduction for new collectors. There are plenty of items that offer opportunity for new and established collectors to shop jewelry like our featured items below:



Lot 130 | A gem-set eighteen karat yellow gold brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels

Lot 130 | A gem-set eighteen karat yellow gold brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels


This owl, perched upon a river pearl branch and set with black star sapphire eyes is a recognizable example of Van Cleef & Arpels' delightful designs of the 1950s. With precious gemstones in irregular supply, jewelers relied on imaginative designs that could be rendered in gold. Van Cleef & Arpels' accessible "La Boutique" collection, which opened in 1954 at 22 Place Vendôme, featured these whimsical animal design, attracting new and young collectors. This signed piece makes a notable period in the house's history in which economic circumstances influenced their design, making it an excellent addition to anybody's collection.



Lot 9 | An Early Art Deco diamond and platinum bar brooch

Lot 9 | An Early Art Deco diamond and platinum bar brooch


Art Deco & Retro Jewelry


The bar brooch, which is a form popularized in the Victorian Era, has taken on many aesthetics over the centuries that it has survived. The all-over white, strong linear design follows the increasingly geometric designs of the Art Deco period, while the platinum lace detail echoes the Edwardian aesthetic before it. In the exuberance of the 1920s, elongated brooches such as this were worn on dropped waistlines or at the shoulders of sleeveless dresses. This form and geometric aesthetic is signature of the Art Deco period, serving as a beautiful and wearable example of antique jewelry.



Lot 132 | A fourteen karat gold 'Tank Track' strap bracelet, Ca. 1940

Lot 132 | A fourteen karat gold 'Tank Track' strap bracelet, Ca. 1940


Composed of five, three-dimensional links, this massive strap bracelet encapsulates the 'gold and bold' era of the 1940s. With precious metal in short supply following World War II, jewelers sculpted voluminous structures from sheets of gold, creating distinct jewels unmistakably influenced by mechanical industry. These bulky bombé links are inspired by the tracks left by tanks used in the war. This bold design allows a collector to represent the era of the 1940s, while remaining perfectly on trend with the massive link bracelets of contemporary fashion.



Luxe | Boutique Jewels & Vintage Watches


Auction | ONLINE ONLY | March 24 @ 10am


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