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Birmingham, United Kingdom
DoneThu, Dec 5, 2013 11:00 AM GMT

Antique & Modern Jewellery

December's auction of Antique & Modern Jewellery really goes back to basics, beautiful Victorian memorial pieces, chic Designer numbers and of course, classic diamonds to suit all tastes and budgets. We have just under 650 lots to tempt you into a last minute Christmas gift or, if you are so inclined, a treat for yourself for the festive party season. We are very pleased to offer a particularly delectable selection of diamond jewellery in this auction. Lot 171 is a firm favourite, offering a taste of luxury French workmanship with its 15cts of diamonds sparkling in a typically Art Deco setting. Lot 159 is also an interesting piece, designed as a stylised moth, it features around 6cts of radiant old-cut diamonds. If you're looking for a diamond ring, you're practically spoiled for choice as this auction offers several exquisite ones. Lot 195 is one of the sale‘s star lots, and at 7.14cts with a VVS2 clarity it is not hard to see why. Lot 191 is a stunning mid 20th century diamond dress ring of 1.38cts, perfect for those who are looking for a more modern style. Lots 214, 376, 377, 447, are all wonderful examples of gorgeous diamond rings of various designs and eras. The sale also features some special antique pieces in the form of Victorian memorial jewellery. A rather decadent example of this historical jewellery can be found in lot 542, a 19th century 18ct gold memorial locket encrusted with old cut diamonds set in onyx, a rather flamboyant example of jewellery from this era. Lot 62 is particularly interesting, it is a gold onyx memorial bangle issued by Queen Victoria commemorating the death of The Duchess of Cambridge, with the inside inscription reading 'Dear Great Aunt A. Cambridge. From Victoria R.I. Xmas 1889'. It is not known who actually wore this somewhat mysterious piece.