Fine Jewelry Auction Highlights

08/01/2018     News and Film

Freeman 's Fine Jewelry auctions are consistently gems among our bi-annual sales season rosters. With antique and signed pieces by renowned maisons such as Cartier, Chopard, and Tiffany & Co., and a reliably strong offering of mounted and loose diamonds and gemstones, it is no wonder why these sales achieve such impressive results. As our Jewelry Department looks ahead to their next auction on November 6, and nears the end of their consignment period, here are several notable highlights from recent sales:The May 9 Fine Jewelry auction featured 141 lots, anchored by the Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton, the venerable Philadelphia benefactress. Lot 1016, an impressive 16.56 carat diamond solitaire ring, F color, VS2 clarity, sold for $802,000, after a round of bidding which saw over a dozen phone bidders vying for the lot.Also from the Collection of Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton, Lot 1014, an Art Deco diamond covered bracelet-watch by Cartier, France, more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $112,500 against an estimate of $30,000-50,000.The November 1, 2017 auction set a record at the time for the highest price achieved for a piece of jewelry Freeman 's had sold: the rare Belle époque fancy vivid yellow diamond pendant, by J.E. Caldwell and Co., sold for $760,000, more than double its high estimate.This marquise diamond solitaire ring was the property of a Palm Beach Lady. Weighing 8.02 carats, the G color and VS-2 clarity ring sold for double its high estimate, for $200,000.From famed French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels (a favorite of Princess Grace of Monaco), this sapphire and diamond “Camellia” brooch was designed as a flowerhead, set with alternating rows of circular-cut diamonds and sapphires, weighing 10.00 carats. The piece was signed, and came from the property of a Palm Beach Lady. It sold for nearly double its high estimate, for $93,750.Curious what your fine jewelry will bring at auction? Request a complimentary auction estimate today.