MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers is planning an assemblage of five auctions scheduled on Dec. 11 and 12, including the highly anticipated Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction on Tuesday. Featuring a bevy of jewelry from antique to contemporary, there are baubles aplenty for every taste. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Lovers of bold mid-century jewelry need look no further than the selections on offer at the Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction. A diamond ring by famed San Francisco jewelers Granat Bros. centers a near-colorless 1.66-carat round diamond set into a classic 1950s setting. The platinum ring is expected to bring $10,000-$15,000 at auction.
A pair of statement-making South Sea cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants drip with elegance and would make a fine addition to any cocktail party or gala look. The pair is sure to spark bidding when it heads to the auction block with an $8,000-$12,000 estimate (below).
One of the expected top lots is an incredible emerald and diamond pendant centering a pear-shape Colombian emerald weighing 11.55 carats. The rich green stone is anticipated to bring between $20,000 and $30,000.
In addition to the selections sold during the separate Rare & Important Timepieces auction on Dec. 11, Moran’s will offer a number of exceptional timepieces during the Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction. Moran’s will bring two Beta 21 wristwatches from Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe. The Beta 21 was the first quartz watch produced by Patek Philippe and signaled the transition from electronic watches to the quartz movement. A Beta 21 with a blue cushion-shaped dial and integrated textured link bracelet is expected to sell within the $15,000-$20,000 range at the block.
A 2009 Patek Philippe white gold calendar wristwatch is a classic look sure to appeal to watch collectors and is expected to sell within its $22,000-$28,000 estimate. Men’s watches are not the only offerings at the auction, an on-trend women’s Rolex DateJust wristwatch with an Everose and stainless steel bracelet makes a modern statement (est. $4,000-$6,000).
A favorite of the jewelry department is a stunning and colorful set of rainbow-hued earrings with matching bracelet from Italian jeweler Bulgari (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).
A Parentesi cuff wristwatch from the same maker composed of 18K yellow gold is expected to sell between $2,500 to $3,500. Parisian jeweler Chaumet can be found in the auction with a versatile diamond and gold chord necklace that can be worn with either the black or cream cord included in the lot to match any outfit (estimate: $3,000-$5,000). A classic platinum-tipped gold “Scribble” brooch designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. is set with a sweep of diamonds and will head to the block with a $1,200-$1,800 estimate.
Other highlights from quality makers include:
– Bulgari diamond cuff bracelet, estimate: $4,000-$6,000.
– Van Cleef & Arpels diamond knot necklace, estimate: $5,000-$7,000.
– A pair of French gem-set dachshund cufflinks, Cartier, estimate: $2,500-$3,500.
– A diamond eternity band, Van Cleef & Arpels, estimate: $6,000-$8,000.
– A pair of Maltese cross pendant/brooches, Van Cleef & Arpels, each 1 7/8 inches wide by 2 inches high, estimate: $10,000-15,000 (top photo).
Following the Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auction will be the biannual Studio Jewelry auction. Beginning with a fine selection of Antique and Arts & Crafts jewels, the auction includes over 300 lots of jewelry from makers such as Tiffany & Co., Georg Jensen and David Yurman among others. A detailed micro-mosaic portrait brooch likely made in Italy at the end of the 19th century is expected to bring $600-$800, while a sweet and trendy diamond solitaire ring with an unusual band from maker David Yurman is poised to sell between $800-$1,200.