Bid Smart: René Boivin’s unique sparkle shines through in his jewelry

This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

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This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

This circa-1935 sapphire ring from the House of Boivin achieved €110,000 ($116,062) plus the buyer’s premium in July 2022. Image courtesy of Tajan and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK —  French goldsmith and engraver René Boivin (1864-1917) built an impressive company that was one of the leading European jewelry houses in the 20th century. Known for his striking designs that went against the naturalistic look that prevailed during the Art Nouveau era, Boivin was celebrated for his unusual choice of materials and his wildly imaginative pieces. The Maison Boivin (House of Boivin) continued in business for decades after his death under his wife Jeanne Boivin’s leadership, and she held true to his legacy, creating many inventive compositions that blended semi-precious stones or pearls with materials such as enamel, rock crystal and hardstones.

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Blue streak: Sapphires poised for success at John Moran, Sept. 19

Sapphire and diamond ring, est. $35,000-$45,000
Sapphire and diamond ring, est. $35,000-$45,000
Sapphire and diamond ring, est. $35,000-$45,000

LOS ANGELES — As summer comes to an end, John Moran Auctioneers welcomes fall with a bit of glitz and a whole lot of glamour in its Autumn Jewels sale, taking place Monday, September 19 at 10 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chanel headlines Designer Jewelry, Watch, and Fashion Auction, July 3

Chanel Baroque gold and cultured pearl ring, est. $9,000-$11,000
Chanel Baroque gold and cultured pearl ring, est. $9,000-$11,000
Chanel Baroque gold, diamond and cultured pearl ring, est. $9,000-$11,000

NEW YORK – A Chanel Baroque gold, diamond and cultured pearl ring, a Chanel Comete 18K white gold and chalcedony ring, and a Chanel Premiere Chaine gold wristwatch will fight for top lot status at Jasper52’s Designer Jewelry, Watch, and Fashion Auction, which will be conducted on Sunday, July 3 at 7 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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New York auction displays the classic beauty of pearls, April 19

14K gold South Sea pearl drop earrings, est. $1,000-$1,100
14K gold South Sea pearl drop earrings, est. $1,000-$1,100
14K gold South Sea pearl drop earrings, est. $1,000-$1,100

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, April 19, starting at 2 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale entirely devoted to pearl jewelry. Boasting 194 lots, Fine Pearl Jewelry delivers dozens of variations on the venerated gems of the sea, in color, shape, origin and jewelry design. Traditional white, round pearls are available in the form of a double-strand saltwater Akoya pearl necklace, but the auction lineup shows that pearls provide their own lustrous interpretation of the rainbow.

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