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Birmingham, United Kingdom
DoneThu, May 16, 2013 10:00 AM GMT

Antique & Modern Jewellery

As the weather finally becomes more in keeping with the season, your wardrobe will need some new accessories to match and we have a great selection of floral and other nature inspired pieces for you to choose from. Lot 107 is a particularly impressive diamond flower brooch, encrusted with over 13cts of colourless and ‘yellow’ diamonds. Other noteworthy lots include 13, 78, 92 and 94 as well as lot 112, a multi-coloured and multi-textured representation of a violet in full bloom, and lot 364, a beautifully crafted floral spray set with substantial old-cut diamonds. If you’re looking for a special gift for someone with a May birthday then cast your eye over page 19, where you will find an array of jewellery set with this month’s birthstone, emerald, to inspire your gift choice. From extravagant emerald and diamond ear pendants, such as lot 159 (estimate £3,000–4,000), to the more delicate and affordable but equally beautiful pieces, such as lot 140, a richly coloured emerald and diamond crossover ring with an estimate of just £350–450. An introduction to this month’s Antique & Modern Jewellery catalogue wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the magnificent diamond single-stone ring featured on our front cover, lot 318. Every jewellery collection should include a diamond in some form; however, this ring is so much more than a mere bauble. The precise weight of 8.88cts makes it extraordinarily lucky in Chinese culture where the number 8 is associated with wealth and prosperity. Therefore, it is desirable not only for its rare size and breath taking beauty, but its status as the ultimate luxury good luck charm! Whatever your tastes may be, from the big and the bold (lot 410: a magnificent ruby and diamond suite complete with necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings and double pins) to the more delicate (lot 356: a subtle pair of cultured pearl and diamond earrings) May’s catalogue is sure to impress you.