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This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Fresh-to-market jewelry in demand at John Moran Auctioneers

This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

ALTADENA, Calif. – On May 20 John Moran Auctioneers conducted their semiannual HQ Fine Jewelry and Luxury Auction at their headquarters in Altadena. Buyers, one third of whom bid online, were evidently thrilled by the wide array of offerings, buying 98 percent of the 324 lots.

LiveAuctioneers.com facilitated Internet live bidding.

Among the selections of fine jewelry filling the majority of the catalog, buyers found practical, wearable pieces with character.

Fun rings with character and style certainly drew a lot of attention during the preview. One such piece, a curious carved shell cameo ring dating to circa 1890, featured a male mask depicted in frontal and left and right profile views simultaneously. Initially estimated to realize $600-$800, it incited some friendly competition, ultimately going home with a floor bidder for $1,680. (All prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.) Another late 19th century ring, designed in the coveted Renaissance Revival style with a central baroque pearl flanked by two female ship’s mastheads, wooed bidders with its siren’s song to a $9,000 price tag, well over the $1,500-$2,500 estimate.

A number of gorgeous diamond rings tempted those looking to make a statement with sparkle. One offered midway through the sale featured an impressive central 8.54-carat diamond, graded G color and SI1 clarity and set in platinum. Conservatively estimated to sell for $90,000-$110,000, it realized $204,000.

Jade and coral certainly made a splash at the May 20 auction. A coral, diamond and gold necklace centered by an 18K-gold dragon’s head set with diamonds and colored gemstone eyes earned a formidable $15,600 (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). A collection of jewelry featuring gold bracelets, earrings, and pendants set with jade and coral incited a bidding war among absentee and floor buyers, ending only when a floor buyer raised his paddle at the $3,000 mark (estimate: $600-$800).

Big names were also well represented and much appreciated. Possibly the most anticipated lot was an assembled set of hexagonal-cut amethyst and circular-cut diamond jewelry, composed of a brooch by Jean Schlumberger and a matched pair of ear clips by David Webb. These spectacular pieces found a new home with a floor bidder for $19,200, comfortably surpassing the estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Always a crowd favorite, animals also performed well. A Van Cleef and Arpels lion brooch fetched $3,600 (estimate: $1,500-$2,500). A set of Cartier jewelry consisting of a gold “LOVE” bangle, complete with gold-toned screwdriver, and a classic “rolling” ring, inspired a number of bidders to leave absentee bids, however the victor was a determined online buyer who paid $4,612.50 (estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

Decidedly, the most anticipated luxury accessory offered was the ostrich skin Hermes Kelly bag in the desirable camel hue with gold tone hardware. A lucky floor bidder snatched it up for a fair price within estimate, $6,600 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

Additional Highlights include:

• An Art Deco enamel and jadeite compact, circa 1925, of 14K gold and black, white, ivory, and green enamel centering a jadeite plaque, realized $5,206.25 (estimate $1,200-$1,800).

• One of a number of quality watches offered, an IWC Portuguese 7-day Automatic wristwatch, found a new owner with a telephone bidder for $7,200, just over the estimated price range of $4,000-$6,000.

• A breathtaking pair of 18K white gold and natural Burmese ruby earrings, estimated to sell for $8,000-$12,000, earned $14,700 due to the efforts of an enthusiastic phone bidder.

John Moran Auctioneers’ next HQ Fine Jewelry and Luxury Auction is set for Dec. 9, and consignment inquiries are currently invited.

For information on any of John Moran Auctioneers’ auctions, call their offices: 626-793-1833.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This assembled set of amethyst and 18K gold jewelry – the brooch by Jean Schlumberger’ and the ear clips by David Webb – went home with a floor bidder for $19,200 (estimate: $8,000-$1,200). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This antique cameo ring, carved as an intriguing triple-faced mask, exceeded expectations, selling for $1,680, well over the estimated $600-$800. John Moran Auctioneers image.
 

This antique cameo ring, carved as an intriguing triple-faced mask, exceeded expectations, selling for $1,680, well over the estimated $600-$800. John Moran Auctioneers image.

Realizing an impressive $9,000, this 18K gold, enamel and pearl ring is a gorgeous example of the Renaissance Revival style (estimate: $1,500-$2,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.
 

Realizing an impressive $9,000, this 18K gold, enamel and pearl ring is a gorgeous example of the Renaissance Revival style (estimate: $1,500-$2,500). John Moran Auctioneers image.

This circa 1925 Art Deco enamel and jadeite compact incited some fierce competition among floor bidders, finally finding a buyer for $5,206.25 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image.
 

This circa 1925 Art Deco enamel and jadeite compact incited some fierce competition among floor bidders, finally finding a buyer for $5,206.25 (estimate: $1,200-$1,800). John Moran Auctioneers image.

Estimated to realize $4,000-$6,000, this handsome IWC Portuguese 7-day Automatic wristwatch earned a price of $7,200 at Moran’s May 20 auction. John Moran Auctioneers image.
 

Estimated to realize $4,000-$6,000, this handsome IWC Portuguese 7-day Automatic wristwatch earned a price of $7,200 at Moran’s May 20 auction. John Moran Auctioneers image.