Fellows‘ recent Antique & Modern Jewellery got off to a roaring success, with the first lot selling for an impressive hammer price of £20,000. A single-strand necklace, it is comprised of eighty-three graduated, natural pearls. Originally valued at £500-700, this piece piqued the interest of bidders online, on the phone and in the room. A bidding war ensued, with the piece eventually being sold to a customer online.
Another pearl piece that garnered a lot of attention was Lot 41, a pair of earrings. It sold for a hammer of £7,900.
Well-matched, antique pearl pieces are seeing a resurgence recently, says Fellows, with a clear demand for good quality, pearl jewellery. Throughout the sale, coloured stones sold well, especially those with documentation.
Another lot that surpassed all expectations was an emerald and diamond necklace, which went under the hammer for £20,000. The necklace featured a central emerald cabochon, weighing approximately 10.80cts, and the piece was accompanied by a report stating the gemstone’s Colombian origin.
An interesting ring that went under the hammer was created by Tiffany & Co. and modeled as a seashell. It attracted a lot of attention both before the sale, on social media, and during the bidding itself, finally selling for £3,900 to an absentee bidder.