Diamonds and Period Jewelry from Private Collections featured at Skinner Auction

BOSTON, MA – November 21, 2017 – Please join Skinner on December 5th for our annual holiday auction of Fine Jewelry. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this auction will be pleased with its breadth and content, featuring over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.

Platinum and Diamond Necklace, Hammerman Brothers, Estimate: $80,000-100,000

Diamonds and Colored Stones
Sapphires from the legendary Kashmir mines are rare in the market, and Skinner is pleased to offer a 6.37 cts. unmounted cushion-cut Kashmir sapphire (Lot 501, $125,000-175,000). Leading the collection of diamond jewelry is a platinum and diamond necklace by Hammerman Brothers weighing approximately 100 cts. with a matching bracelet weighing approximately 75 cts. (Lot 500, $80,000-100,000 and Lot 498, $60,000-80,000). Also on offer are a selection of diamond solitaires ranging in size from 1.00 to 5.00 cts.

Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Opal, Diamond, and Enamel Pendant/Brooch, Lucien Gautrait, Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Antique and Period Jewelry
Skinner is well-known for bringing examples of antique and period jewelry to auction, and the December sale presents items from several notable collectors. Of particular interest is an Art Nouveau brooch by Lucien Gautrait (Lot 110, $10,000-15,000), once owned by Dr. Viola Wertheim Bernard, a prominent New York psychiatrist. A nearly identical example is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Featured on the catalog cover, a set of dress clips and bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels (lot 233, $45,000-65,000), dates to circa 1940 and is an impressive example of the bold designs that characterized the house at the end of the Art Deco period.


18kt Gold, Coral, Diamond, Emerald Day/Night Earclips, David Webb, Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Signed Jewelry
A selection of vintage and contemporary jewelry by prestigious makers includes designs by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, vintage David Webb, a private collection of Seaman Schepps, and several iconic pieces designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Previews, Catalog, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held in New York, Tuesday, November 28, 12PM-6PM, and in Boston, Sunday, December 3, 12PM-5PM, and Monday, December 4, 12PM-7PM. The catalog can be viewed online at and an illustrated print catalog is available for purchase in-person, online at or by phone order at 508-970-3234.

18kt Gold Ram’s Head Brooch, Lalaounis, Estimate: $600-800

Online Auction
An online auction of over 300 lots of contemporary jewelry by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Buccellati and other leading designers complements the live auction. Fine Jewelry online auctions have quickly become a popular destination for buyers seeking contemporary jewelry under $2,000. The online sale begins November 28th and ends December 6th. All pieces can be seen in person at our Boston gallery.
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