Fine Jewelry Auction Features Diamonds and Miriam Haskell Jewelry


The sale is highlighted by an amazing assortment of diamonds that will appeal to both seasoned collectors and those looking to buy their first piece. Featured diamonds include a platinum and heart-shaped diamond solitaire by Van Cleef & Arpels, 4.33 cts with GIA report estimated at $60,000 to $80,000; a platinum and diamond solitaire weighing 5.05 cts. and estimated at $12,000 to $15,000; another platinum and diamond solitaire, this one weighing 7.03 cts., and estimate at $40,000 to $60,000; and an diamond ring weighing 10.36 cts. and estimated at $100,000 to $125,000.

Other diamonds of note include an oval-cut platinum and fancy intense yellow diamond solitaire weighing 4.69 cts and with GIA report, estimated at $30,000 to $40,000; a marquise-cut platinum and diamond solitaire weighing 11.62 cts. and estimated at $30,000 to $40,000; and a stunning Graff platinum and diamond solitaire weighing 5.55 cts. and with GIA report, estimated at $175,000 to $225,000.


With this sale, Skinner auction house is offering fashionistas everywhere the rare opportunity to own an original, vintage Miriam Haskell piece. The auction will feature more than 30 lots of one of a kind Haskell jewelry from the private collection of Susan Kelner Freeman, a well-known collector from New York City. These pieces inspired today’s most sought after looks worn by fashion forward celebs and mainstream consumers alike and have translated effortlessly over the years. Highlights of the collection include an impressive vintage grape cluster festoon necklace, c. 1950s, designed by Frank Hess, estimated at $800 to $1,000 and a rare prototype and butterfly festoon necklace, c. 1960, designed by Robert F. Clark and estimated at $1,000 to $1,500.


Art Deco offerings are abundant and include fabulous Deco silver items from Fahrner featured by a gem set suite of brooch and earpendants estimated at $500 to $700. Other interesting Art Deco pieces include a floral Art Deco enamel and gem-set bracelet and brooch estimated at $800 to $1,200 and an Art Deco sterling silver, enamel, and marcasite bracelet, Germany, estimated at $600 to $800. Stunning Lalique jewelry will also be offered such as an Art Deco molded glass “Crene” bracelet estimated at $1,000 to $1,500 and an Art Deco molded glass “Fleurs” ring estimated at $500 to $700.


Antique offerings include several coral pieces such as a fine antique serpent bracelet estimated at $1,000 to $1,500; a four strand bead necklaceestimated at $1,500 to $2,000; and an impressive cameo brooch depicting a maiden with corkscrew curls and wearing a garland of grape vines estimated at $800 to $1,200. Other great antique pieces include a goldstone glass and seed pearl heart pendant

estimated at $200 to $400 andan 18kt gold, pink topaz and diamond brooch, retailed by Jones, Ball & Poor and estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.


Collectors of Arts and Crafts works won’t be disappointed with highlights such as a gem-set brooch attributed to Dorrie Nossiter, designed as a wreath and estimated at $3,000 to $5,000; an 18kt gold, sapphire, and freshwater pearl necklace by Margaret Rogersestimated at $6,000 to $8,000; and a pair of jadeite earpendants, Tiffany & Co., also estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.


Rounding out the sale is a fine offering of Art Nouveau pieces. Featured works from the genre include an 18kt gold, plique-a-jour enamel, and enamel brooch by Joe Descomps for Leon Gariod, depicting a nude maiden and estimated at $4,000 to $5,000 and the cover lot, an 18kt gold, carved opal, enamel, pearl, and diamond pendant estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.


Finally, an unusual 18kt gold and ruby spider brooch, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000; and a pair of 14kt gold gem-set “Sign Language” clip brooches by Paul Flato estimated at $5,000 to $7,000 will be offered.

Catalog and Preview Information

Previews for the auction will be Sunday, December 5th, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, December 6th, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Illustrated catalog #2529B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3000 x3240. It is also available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through Skinner Live.


About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site


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