Lawrences of Crewkerne held its quarterly jewellery auction on 17 October, as part of the firm’s Autumn Fine Art sale of 2200 lots. Four hundred lots were on offer and buyers were keen to buy, with some unexpected prices helping to raise the total.
Sales of amber have given vendors a golden glow in recent years as prices have soared. A single row of graduated beads made £2,980 and an unusual necklace formed from five rugged chunks of amber in a silver setting was bought for £710.
The most interest was focused upon diamonds: a sapphire diamond and pearl ring was bought for £2,500; an emerald and diamond cluster ring made £1,430; a diamond-set brooch in the form of a leaf fluttered up to £1,790; an Art Deco diamond bracelet doubled its estimate to make £4,300; and another very stylish Art Deco carved emerald and diamond clip made £4,780.
There were five commission bids above £5,970 and five telephone lines for lot 1408, a diamond wristwatch by Cartier on a simply understated black ribbon band. The combination of elegance, sophistication and quality ensured that this was bid to £10,600.