NEW YORK – A turquoise butterfly pendant on a leather cord, a 14K gold sapphire and diamond ballerina ring, and a vintage sterling silver and turquoise bowguard will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Antique to Modern Fine Jewelry sale, which will commence on Wednesday, September 21 at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Lots in the sale from brand name jewelers include a Van Cleef & Arpels gold, diamond and lapis lazuli flower brooch; a circa-1990s Paloma Picasso sterling silver loving heart necklace; a pair of Karl Lagerfeld gold-plated scrollwork hoop earrings; a basket-weave brooch by Fendi; Geoffrey Beane faux Sleeping Beauty turquoise earrings; and a pair of Christian Dior clip-on dark blue and clear crystal earrings.
Also featured is a zig-zag-shaped green tourmaline inlay cuff; a platinum princess cut diamond engagement ring; a Victorian gutta percha mourning brooch in the form of a hand holding a basket of forget-me-not flowers; a circa-1980s silver cocktail ring set with a huge, pale, emerald-cut amethyst; a group of sterling silver bumblebees, dating to the mid-20th century; an antique Chinese bracelet fashioned from fossilized coral; a 14K gold golf bag pendant, decorated with emeralds and pink and blue sapphires; and a four-carat rectangular cut watermelon tourmaline.
First among the highlights is a sterling silver turquoise butterfly and squash blossom pendant on a leather cord, estimated at $1,200-$1,500 and credited to Native American jewelry designer Dennis Hogan. The lot notes state, “The butterfly is a symbol of transformation and new beginnings, while the squash blossom represents protection and strength. Together, they make a beautiful and powerful talisman.”
Another standout is a 14K gold ballerina ring fitted with a 1.00-carat oval cut blue sapphire surrounded by 1.00 carats’ worth of diamonds – 18 baguette cut stones and two with a marquise cut. The ring has an estimate of $3,000-$3,500.
Completing the highlights is a unique, circa-1900 sterling silver and turquoise bowguard on a leather strap, estimated at $1,500-$2,000. Today, it is more likely to be worn as a bracelet or perhaps a necklace pendant, but a bowguard has a specific purpose; Native American archers typically wore one on their forearms or wrists to protect themselves from the snap of a bowstring after firing an arrow.
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