MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers’ two-session December fine jewelry auction promises to be an event overflowing with sparkle and with fun, wearable finds ranging in price from the low hundreds to five figures. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The first session, Fine Jewelry, will commence at noon Tuesday, Dec. 5. Fine Jewelry consists of 141 lots including pieces by renowned designers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Cartier, Rolex and Tiffany & Co. The Fine Jewelry auction session will feature a printed, full-color catalog book available for purchase for $20 including shipping. Interested buyers can order the catalog by contacting John Moran Auctioneers directly.
The Studio Jewelry Auction comprises 244 lots at approachable price points, and will begin at 2 p.m. Designers such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Gerald Genta and Tiffany & Co. are among those represented in the second-session offerings.
One of the most highly anticipated lots from the Fine Jewelry Session is an antique natural Burmese spinel necklace dating to approximately 1890. A possible dark horse highlight, the necklace is estimated to bring between $8,000 and $12,000 at Moran’s Dec. 5 auction. The unheated cushion-cut red Burmese spinel is featured in a beautiful Renaissance-revival pendant/brooch (above) and will head to the block shortly after the session opens for bidding.
A number of selections by self-taught designer David Webb will make their way to the auction block on Dec. 5, including a charming diamond, platinum and gold necklace modeled to look like intertwined strands of different patterns and settings. The necklace (below) dates to approximately 1970 and has been assigned a $50,000 to $70,000 estimate. Webb took inspiration from top 19th-century jewelers who saw jewelry as a form of art beyond its raw materials and is best known for his bold use of color, innovative use of materials, and his keen attention to detail, which is evident in the present example.
Additional pieces by well-known design houses include an assembled set of diamond and gemstone jewelry by maker Van Cleef & Arpels which has been assigned a $30,000 to $50,000 estimate (below). The pretty necklace features a detachable floral-motif pendant/brooch, and is set throughout with amethysts, diamonds, and sapphires.
It may come as no surprise that diamond jewelry abounds in the Fine Jewelry catalog; the largest example to be offered by carat weight is undoubtedly an emerald-cut diamond weighing 10.16 carats. Consigned by a private local collector, the diamond ring is expected to bring between $60,000 and $80,000. Diamond collectors should also be excited to see that Moran’s has a rarely seen 1.02 natural fancy pink diamond with even color distribution slated to head to the block with a $10,000 to $12,000 estimate.
Gentlemen should not feel neglected by the December catalog’s offerings. Both sessions include a number of handsome watches by makers such as IWC, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Breitling. An 18K rose gold Louis Cartier Tank wristwatch featuring a rectangular chocolate sunray-effect dial is expected to earn $8,000 to $12,000 at Moran’s December Fine Jewelry auction.
Highlights from the Studio Jewelry Auction include a delicate diamond and emerald butterfly pendant necklace signed for Parisian maker FRED. The necklace is typical of the clean lines and detailing for which the company is known.
A Van Cleef & Arpels wristwatch consigned from a private Santa Barbara collection will make an excellent addition to any collection; featuring a brushed stainless steel and polished 14K yellow gold case, the watch has been assigned an $800-$1,200 estimate.
Full-color catalogs are available for the Fine Jewelry auction session for $20. To order contact John Moran Auctioneers at 626-793-1833 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.