Diamonds And Sapphires Shine At Ewbank's
Demand For Jewellery And Watches Continues To Be Strong 

belgravia auctionsDiamonds and sapphires stole the show at Ewbank’s recent Spring auction of jewellery and watches.
 
With more than 600 lots going under the hammer, it was the biggest jewellery auction ever hosted by the Surrey auction-house. The sale was well-attended by buyers in the room as well as bidders online and on the phone.
 
One of the earliest pieces of jewellery sold, was a charming  18th century sapphire and diamond pendant in the form of a heart. It was set with old-cut diamonds, and a stunning strong cornflower-blue sapphire. The pendant had a final price of more than triple its low  estimate, selling for £1,650.
 
Cartier auction Other highlight lots included a vintage sapphire and diamond ring from the 1980s which sold for £3,556; and a French Art Deco period sapphire ring which had a final price of £3,302.
 
Andrea Machen, Ewbank’s jewellery specialist, said: “Blue sapphire has always been popular, with many collectors looking for earlier stones of good colour that have not undergone modern treatments.
 
“Sapphires come from a number of geographical locations, including Sri Lanka, Kashmir and Madagascar. Sometimes a clue to their origin is in the colour, but it is not the only factor in their desirability, clarity, colour saturation and cut also being important.”
 
Jewellery going under the hammer at Ewbank’s is always from a raft of periods; from Georgian to contemporary.
 
Machen added: “We are seeing a growing appreciation of jewellery from the 1970s, with pieces by known makers and those of abstract designs being particularly desirable.
 
watch auction surrey“Jewellery, which, in the past, was sadly sometimes overlooked and sent to be scrapped has caught the attention of  younger buyers. For example, a vintage sapphire-set abstract design ring recently sold for £570 and an eternity ring sold for £952.”

A diamond-set brooch manufactured by Cartier sailed past its pre-sale estimate of between £5,000 and £8,000, selling for £13,335, with the buyer appreciating it for the quality of its diamonds as much as for its famous name. 
 
Other diamond lots of note, were a solitaire diamond ring with stone in excess of 2 carats, which sold for £6,096; and a diamond line bracelet sold for £3,683, in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice, as always for charity lots, Ewbank’s waived their vendor selling fees.
 
Sapphire AuctionMore sapphire and diamond lots are going under the hammer on June 20 at the next jewellery sale. Already consigned for sale is a fine 1920s sapphire and diamond ring, valued at between £800 and £1,200; a Victorian diamond set bangle estimated at between £800 and £1,200; and a pair of Cartier diamond hoop earrings  with a guide price of £800 to £1,200.
 
Jewellery specialist Andrea Machen and gemmologist Emily Angus, carry out free appraisals for auction, and valuations for insurance and probate for which fees do apply. Call 01483 223101 to book an appointment.
 
 Ewbank’s is accepting consignments for the Entertainment and Memorabilia sale until May 24. The team is also accepting entries for the next Fine Sale in June, as well as for forthcoming  Toys and Models auctions in May.
 
The team at Ewbank’s is available for free valuations from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford.


 
•      Ewbank’s: 01483 223101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk


•      Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and www.ewbankauctions.co.uk