Rago Auctions to sell 479 lots of fine jewelry, watches Dec. 8  

Oscar Heyman 17.35 carat natural fancy diamond, sapphire ring and platinum ring. Estimate: $220,000-$280,000. Rago Auctions image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago Auctions will present its final fine jewelry auction of 2019 on Sunday, Dec. 8. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

This auction introduces Rago’s newest member: Dianne Batista, director of fine jewelry, who comes to Rago with over 30 years of industry experience, most recently as a jewelry consultant to several businesses including David Webb. She has also held positions as assistant vice president, senior jewelry specialist at Christie’s New York, manager for Dior Fine Jewelry, and Cinta Jewelry director for jeweler John Hardy. She was an original jewelry expert on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and has lectured extensively on antique and estate jewelry.

Van Cleef & Arpels diamond brooch, approximately 20.0 carats, 2¾ in x 1in. Estimate: $90,000-$100,000. Rago Auctions image

Rago’s fine jewelry auction will consist of 479 lots and will begin Sunday at 11 a.m.

The auction presents a diverse offering of gems and jewels from Georgian to contemporary, including pieces from the fine jewelry houses of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany as well as lesser known but important 20th century Newark jewelers like Krementz and Alling & Co.

Tiffany & Co. 18K gold Japonesque necklace and pendant, circa 1876. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago Auctions image

Highlights include lot 426, a 17.35 carat fancy light brownish yellow diamond and sapphire ring by Oscar Heyman Brothers; lots 473 and 458, a diamond bracelet and a diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels; and lots 307 through 316, presenting a special collection of antique Russian jewelry.

5.40 carat fancy yellow diamond ring, size 7. Estimate: $45,000-$50,000. Rago Auctions image

For the collector of 19th century jewelry, lot 146, a Japonesque necklace by Tiffany & Co leads the way. Holiday gifts include lot 57, a 14K yellow gold monkey letter opener and lot 11, an enamel and gold box in the form of a book. For men, the auction includes lot 314, a pair of Russian sapphire, diamond and enamel cufflinks, and a broad selection of wristwatches by Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Corum, and Piaget.

Rolex ‘Stella Oxblood’ gold oyster perpetual, 18K gold wristwatch. Estimate: $16,000-$20,000. Rago Auctions image

For details contact Rago Auctions at 609-397-9374 or info@ragoarts.com.