Diamonds, Signed Jewelry, and The Susan Freeman Collection Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, June 27

Fancy Yellow Intense Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman (Lot 401, Estimate: $30,000-50,000)

BOSTON, MA  – Skinner, Inc. presents its second Fine Jewelry auction of 2017 on June 27th in Boston. The auction will feature over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.


Leading the collection of diamonds is a 10.65 carats, emerald-cut diamond graded by the GIA as a J Color, VS2 clarity (Lot 402, Estimated between $100,000-125,000). Diamond highlights also include a Fancy Intense Yellow oval diamond ring weighing 4.09 carats by Oscar Heyman (Lot 401, $30,000-50,000), a solitaire set with a 4.33 carats pear-shape diamond (Lot 400, $50,000-60,000), and a cushion-cut 5.01 carats diamond in a Taffin mount (Lot 399, $75,000-85,000).

The auction also features a wide range of diamond solitaires ranging in size from 1 carat to over 5 carats. Diamond offerings also include several impressive pieces of diamond jewelry including a pair of 12.39 carats diamond earclips (Lot 398, $20,000-30,000), a 33.13 carats diamond necklace by Oscar Heyman (Lot 397, $15,000-20,000), and “Diamonds by the Yard” earstuds by Tiffany & Co. (Lot 326, $10,000-15,000).

Brass ‘Modern Cuff’ Bracelet, Art Smith, c. 1948 (Lot 7, Estimate $4,000-6,000)

The Collection of Susan Freeman

The June auction opens with a group of jewelry from the renowned collector of jewelry and couture, Susan Freeman. A former jewelry designer, Susan’s creations were sold at various New York venues including Henri Bendel, H&J Blitz, and The Stevens Gallery, and were featured in the “Lookout” section of People magazine in May of 1974. With her husband, Cliff Freeman, Susan traveled the world collecting the unusual and beautiful. This unique collection includes a rare “Kyoto” bracelet designed by fashion icon and jewelry designer Tina Chow (Lot 1, $3,000-5,000). There are also several pieces by leading mid-century modern artists such as Art Smith, Sam Kramer, and Ed Wiener.

Signed Jewelry

Skinner is pleased to offer jewelry signed by houses such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Oscar Heyman, and Henry Dunay. Several highlights are a black opal “Sabi” ring by Henry Dunay (Lot 208, $5,000-7,000), a “Fleurette” diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 160, $7,000-9,000), and a platinum and diamond bracelet by Tiffany & Co. (Lot 323, $10,000-15,000).

Sapphire and Diamond Ring, c. 1915, (Lot 396, Estimate: $8,000-10,000)

Antique and Period Jewelry

The auction has a strong collection of antique and period jewelry from several notable collectors. Of particular interest is a Burma sapphire and diamond ring, c. 1915 (Lot 396, $8,000-10,000), an Art Deco diamond and enamel bracelet (Lot 394, $4,000-6,000) and an Art Deco diamond solitaire (Lot 393, $18,000-22,000).

Fine Jewelry Online Auction

In conjunction with the June 27 live auction, this online-only sale will offer over 200 lots and features some of the biggest names in contemporary jewelry, all under $2,000. The online auction opens on Tuesday, June 20 at 10AM and begins a rolling close on Wednesday, June 28 at 10AM. All pieces can be previewed in our Boston gallery.

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held in Boston on Sunday, June 25, from 12PM to 5PM and Monday, June 26, from 12PM to 7PM. Illustrated catalog #3015B is available from the Subscription Department at 508-970-3240. The catalogue is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.




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