NEW YORK – Sure, contemporary jewelry is fun, but vintage jewelry has a sparkle all its own. Pieces fashioned in the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Retro styles still speak to us, even though they could have been worn by our grandparents or great-grandparents when they were new. On Wednesday, October 20, starting at 4 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a sale titled Deco, Retro, & Nouveau Jewelry: 1910-1950s, a tightly curated 36-lot offering of choice pieces from the not-so-distant past. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the lots is a circa-1950s suite of a ring, earrings and a brooch (described as a clip), all featuring turquoise rubies, and diamonds set in 18K yellow and white gold. The suite is stamped with the maker’s marks of Horovitz Alexandrie, the boutique of Wolf Horovitz, who was a top, if not the top, jeweler in Egypt, providing fine pieces to King Fouad I and King Farouk I. The ring features an approximately 1.05-carat transitional Old European cut diamond of H color and VS2 clarity. It is size 6.25, and can be resized. In general, the diamonds that appear in the suite are transitional Old European cut and single cut of G-I color, VS clarity, with a total weight of 5.74 carats. The diamonds are set in white gold, which accentuates their whiteness. The rubies are round faceted and have a total weight of 2.39 carats. The earrings are clip-ons, but it is possible to add posts. The pleasing suite is estimated at $26,000-$31,000.
Also worthy of attention is a circa-1930s Art Deco platinum bracelet featuring carved jade, black onyx and diamonds. These last are either Old European cut or single cut and collectively weigh 2.40 carats. It carries an estimate of $31,000-$37,000.
Providing a third highlight is a circa-1940s asymmetrical 14K yellow gold ring with diamonds and rubies, estimated at $22,000-$26,000. The main diamond, an 1.85-carat stone with N color and VS1 clarity, features a Jubiliee cut, which unites characteristics of both the rose and the brilliant cuts.
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