Paulding Farnham for Tiffany brooch tops Moran’s jewelry sale

A Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co. enamel and diamond orchid brooch, price realized: $43,750. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Moran’s last Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction of the year brought out the collectors on Tuesday, who vied for a glittering selection of jewels and gems. Signed pieces and important jewels proved ever popular with the audience. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Antique and Art Deco brooches with their fine detailing and exquisite design continue to appeal to collectors. An important orchid brooch designed by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co. was one of the most highly anticipated lots in the auction and sold for an astounding $43,750 (above) All prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium.

A sweet bow brooch made of onyx and diamonds by Cartier Paris brought $25,000 (below). A beautiful Art Deco rock crystal and diamond brooch sold for $34,375.

A French Cartier Art Deco diamond and onyx bow brooch, price realized: $25,000. Moran’s image

Those in need of a ring found plenty of fine options at the auction. A beautiful Edwardian crossover ring set was one of the most popular lots on preview and brought $28,125.

An Edwardian diamond crossover ring, price realized: $28,125. Moran’s image

A stunning Colombian emerald and diamond ring with its classic design appealed to collectors on Tuesday and sold for $16,250. One of the most unusual pieces in the sale was an Art Deco ring featuring a uniquely shaped sapphire and caused a frenzy when it hit the block, soaring past its estimate to bring $34,375.

An Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring, price realized: $34,375. Moran’s image

Signed pieces by leading makers are always a hit with the crowd and Tuesday’s sale was no exception. A Buccellati peridot and diamond ring with its Moorish-inspired design brought $6,875.

A Buccellati peridot and diamond ring, price realized: $6,875. Moran’s image

A magnificent Patek Philippe 18K gold perpetual calendar wristwatch commanded attention and sold for $59,375.

A Patek Philippe 18K gold perpetual calendar wristwatch, price realized: $59,375. Moran’s image

A French Hermès Boucle Sellier bracelet with buckle clasp is a classic piece and brought $12,500.