Skinner Fine Jewelry auction glitters with nearly $1.8M in sales

Art Deco diamond, onyx, jadeite and coral brooch by Boucheron Paris, sold for $189,600. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Art Deco diamond, onyx, jadeite and coral brooch by Boucheron Paris, sold for $189,600. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

BOSTON – Skinner Inc. today announced the results of its March 17, 2009 Fine Jewelry sale. The auction achieved its overall high estimate, grossing $1,768,021.

A number of the top-selling lots came to Skinner from the family of William and Henry Waters, who established Baltimore’s Waters Art Museum. The star of the show was a stunning Renaissance Revival long chain (lot 530) that sold for $402,000.  It was estimated at $75,000-$125,000.

Another eye-catching lot, an archaeological Revival gold and glass bead fringe necklace, circa 1880, sold for $67,545.50.
 
Additional highlights included an Art Deco diamond, onyx, jadeite and coral brooch by Boucheron Paris (lot 514), which sold for $189,600.00, and a Renaissance Revival enamel, sapphire and diamond brooch (lot 529) that achieved $71,100.

Circa-1880 Renaissance Revival 18K gold gem-set armlet, sold for $40,290. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Circa-1880 Renaissance Revival 18K gold gem-set armlet, sold for $40,290. Image courtesy Skinner Inc.

Perhaps one of the most interesting lots of the sale was a circa-1880 Renaissance Revival 18K gold gem-set armlet featuring sapphire and diamond florets, bezel-set sapphire, emerald and ruby accents; and rose-cut diamond highlights (lot 528). It sold for $40,290. 
 
The auction was well attended, and bidding was very competitive at all levels.

“Despite the current state of the economy, the high end of fine jewelry market is as strong as ever, as buyers are confident that their investment is sound,” said Gloria Lieberman, director of Fine Jewelry, Skinner Inc. “Buyers and consignors alike continue to come to Skinner for unique jewelry and recognize the lasting value intrinsic in these rare pieces purchased at auction.”

Contact Skinner’s Fine Jewelry department by calling 617-350-5400 or e-mailing jewelry@skinnerinc.com. Visit them online at www.skinnerinc.com.