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Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Feb 26, 2011 3:00 PM GMT

FEB 26 2011 MORPHY AUCTIONS JEWELRY SALE

02/26/2011: Jewelry Collection

From out of the vault, fine jewelers private collection arrives at Morphys for Feb. 26 no-reserve specialty auction.

A top-tier private collection of gold, platinum and precious-gem jewelry amassed over several decades will be featured in a single-session, no-reserve specialty auction at Morphys gallery on Feb. 26, 2011. The collection - whose consignors previously owned fine jewelry stores in Florida - consists primarily of superior-quality estate jewelry purchased ''with a sophisticated eye over a number of years,'' said Dr. John Morphy, director of Acquisitions & Appraisals for Morphys. ''This is not retail stock; this was the consignors own collection, which they kept in a safe. Approximately half of it is vintage, and there are some truly spectacular pieces.'' Around 80% of the collection is gold, 5% platinum and 5% sterling, Morphy said. Literally hundreds of diamond rings and bracelets will be offered, with many of the rings featuring large solitaires of outstanding clarity and quality. ''I would say anyone who is thinking about marriage would be wise to view this selection, which includes around 30 engagement rings. They'll be able to choose from what is essentially a jeweler's private reserve, at prices likely to be far more competitive than those at a jewelry store,'' Morphy said. One of the top rings in the sale is a 14K white gold Art Deco design with a 3.04-carat center diamond surrounded by an additional array of diamonds weighing 1.02 carats. Because the main diamond is an unusual champagne or pale yellow color, the attendant diamonds make it POP, Morphy said. It has huge eye appeal. The ring

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