Soethby’s Fine Jewels Auction
Soethby’s held its Fine Jewels auction on December 16, 2014 in its London auction house and brought in over £4.8million. The top lots of the sale was a luxurious and elegant diamond ring that sold for £506,500, and a Bulgari diamond ring that brought in £86,500. Both of these stunning pieces exceeded their pre-sale estimates.
The auction was dominated by a Zoomorphic theme,which has been popular since antiquity. These specific jewelry pieces were originally created for talismanic properties and personifications of ancient gods such as frogs that represent martial bliss, terriers that represent fidelity. The sale also included other animal themed pieces from companies such as Cartier and Graff, and from 1920s to the present.
Other notable lots included an early 20th century tourmaline and seed pearl necklace created by Tiffany & Co., which sold for £56,250 (it’s pre-sale estimate was £10,000-15,000) and a sapphire and diamond necklace that was created circa 20th century that sold for £68,500 (pre-sale estimate was £10,000).