IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “November, 2010”

Duchess of Windsor jewels fetch above estimate for most coveted pieces

Today in London, several iconic pieces formerly the property of the Duchess of Windsor were sold at auction by Sotheby’s.

The four most watched: the bracelet with Latin gem set crosses – estimate was 350,000—450,000 GBP. It sold at the 1987 auction for £235,000 and today it went for £601,250. You can see a photo of it in my earlier post here.

The heart shaped diamond pave brooch with entwined emerald set initials and accented with sapphires and rubies, a 20th anniversary gift, sold for £205,250. Its estimate was 100,000—150,000 GBP.

The Cartier flamingo clip, estimate 1,000,000—1,500,000 GBP with a 1987 selling price was 497,942 GBP went for £1,721,250. See my earlier post with photo here.

And the piece de resistance of the sale, the sinuous Cartier panther bracelet, had a pre-auction estimate of 1,000,000—1,500,000 GBP. It sold for 4,521,250 GBP.

Complete sale results are available from Sotheby’s here.

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Jewel of the day: Elsa Peretti for Tiffany rock crystal and gold cabochon ring

Elsa Peretti has designed many pieces incorporating rock crystal in a sinuous and graceful way. This ring features a large cabochon stone set into the kind of heavy 18k yellow gold setting favoured for signet rings. The design is also available in gold and sterling versions with lapis, turquoise, green and black jade. This version in sterling is Cdn $785; in 18k gold it is Cdn $2,300 and can be viewed (Canadian site) here.

Jewel of the day: Heart of Cartier diamond pendant

Hearts are an ever popular motif. When you add in diamonds and Cartier, it’s a gift few women would turn down. This pendant is 18k pink gold with pave stones; it’s also available in yellow and white gold, on a 39 cm chain. Interestingly, Cartier doesn’t say what the carat weight or quality is. US buyers can see (and purchase) the pendant here for USD $3,050.

Jewel of the day: Thomas Sabo Rebel at Heart sword pendant

Chrome Hearts is the granddaddy of the biker chic look, with their heavy sterling silver crosses, hearts, skulls and various other haute rebel looks. Now Thomas Sabo, perhaps better known for their charms, has introduced its Rebel at Heart collection, with the requisite knives, guns, and other supposed accoutrements of the tough (but clearly tender) life.

This sword pendant is set with black zirconia and tiny red synthetic garnet “tears” on the blade of the sword. You can go all James Dean for Cdn $379; available for purchase here. Tough guy attitude sold separately, battery acid not included.

Jewel of the day: Peg and Awl Library Necklace

I stumbled across this on the Anthropologie website, where I was momentarily confused by the one of a kind and estate jewelry pieces. And very, very intrigued by this necklace. So intrigued I Googled designer Peg and Awl, found Margaux Kent’s Etsy store, was delighted to find a Black Friday price reduction and blammo. That and a Paypal balance combined forces and this necklace should be on its way to me shortly. But don’t despair – they will make the design for you, too.

What I loved (in addition to the quirky and handmade design) was where the leather for these miniature books came from:

11 books from left to right,
sm – Crimson from a mid-century sofa
sm – Antique postcard from 1905 Brown from olde shoppe display
med – Brown scrap from an Israeli cobbler
lg – Mid-century brown sofa leather from Holland
med – Black from mid-century sofa
lg – Hunting Mocassins from the 1700s, New England tied with brown
med – Dark brown with crackles from an early 1900s wallet
lg – 100 year olde cobbler’s scrap found in an olde box
med – Green crackly leather from chair from Holland 1800s
sm – Mid-century deer skin with lighter deer skin tie
sm – Mid-century brown sofa leather from Holland

She notes that, “My books are made using archival insides and antique outsides. Inside you’ll find lineless strathmore drawing paper – thick, hand-torn, acid-free pages that work perfectly with ink, pens both thick and superfine, pencil, charcoal, and myriad other mediums. the pages are each hand sewn with archival linen binder’s thread. The books’ covers are made using hand-picked scraps and worn leather from wherever I can find them, cut to fit the appropriate size. The books can be carried daily and beat up. They are quite strong creatures.”

Little books. Big love. You can order your own (and there are less expensive single book necklaces, earrings, sketch books and more), from their Etsy shop here.

Jewel of the day: Kevia honeycomb pendant

Pressed for cash but want maximum look? Kevia offers some very sweet and budget friendly items. This necklace is silver plated with 22k gold, and features a small Amazonite drop next to a pendant in a honeycomb design. Comes with a gold filled 16 inch chain. Perfect for the person on your list who thinks that less is more…

Available for USD $75 here.

Jewel of the day: Roberto Coin Capri Plus diamond and ebony cuff

This is a wonderful marriage of diamonds and wood, producing a bracelet that can be worn daily, if the wearer chooses.  Coin used recycled ebony, accenting it with 2.30 carats of pave diamonds set into gold plated silver. The cuff is also available in solid gold. This one can be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman for USD $4,500. The all gold version has .10 ct more diamonds, and retails for USD $13,500.

Jewel of the day: Me to We Artisans African Trade Bead necklace

Renowned charity Free the Children has recently introduced its Me To We Artisans collection, jewellery made by people around the world in locations where the organization works to provide schools, education, and better living for children and their families. This bracelet is part of their Kenyan Massai trade bead collection. Wherever possible, the group encouges the use of sustainable materials, locally sourced.

This beautiful limited edition five strand necklace is made of  antique trade beads and sterling silver spacers and clasp. I am the proud owner of one of these unique pieces, and 50 per cent of the net profits are returned to Free the Children, reinvesting the other half to grow the enterprise.

This necklace sells for CDN $299; there are several beautiful items for under $50.  Each necklace (and there are trade bead bracelets for CDN $99) is different, depending on the mix of beads used, and it can be purchased here.

Jewel of the day: Delfina Delletrez Metamorphosy ring

For those who consider a diamond ring perhaps an overly sweet token of love, there is Delfina Delletrez’s deliciously dark Metamorphosy ring. Part gargoyle, part Alien monster, this creature is studded with pave diamonds and perches watchfully over the wearer’s hand. Available from Luisaviaroma for Euro 14010.41, it is available for Christmas shipping.

Jewel of the day: Pippa Small labradorite waterfall necklace

As a fan of opals, I also like nice pieces of labradorite. A type of feldspar commonly found in Labrador, Canada, pieces are typically grey/blue with sparks of colour within the stones.

Pippa Small has set labradorite slices into 18k gold frames, and stranded them from this enchanting necklace. This would make a really lovely alternative to the traditional holiday sparkle, and would look just as nice worn on a beach as to a gala event. Available from Net-A-Porter for USD$8,960.

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