Gems Abound as Skinner Announces Its Spring Jewelry Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers is pleased to announce two upcoming sales in Jewelry and Gemstones – the first of which will be a live version of the auction house’s biannual sale of Important Jewelry. This major auction, which includes treasured items from the family collection of J. Pierpont Morgan Jr., will take place on May 17 at 12pm at Skinner’s Boston galleries, to be followed by an online auction of Fine Jewelry – an eclectic collection open to bidding from May 8 to May 18, 2022. 

Antique Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace
(Lot 31, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)

The live auction comprises a vast collection of rare and significant lots spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and continuing up to the present. Several highlights of the sale come from a fascinating and significant group of wearables derived from the J. P. Morgan Jr. family, as descended through the line of Jane Morgan Nichols. Included amongst these is Antique Pearl and Diamond Necklace (Lot 31, Estimate: $15,000-20,000), as well as a Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring (Lot 32, Estimate: $15,000-20,000). The daughter of J. P. Morgan, Jr, Morgan Nichols in 1912 inherited a large pin of European, old mine and single-cut diamonds from her father, which she later had modified during the 1920s into a pair of Cartier art-deco platinum and diamond dress clips (Lot 35, Estimate: $10,000-15,000).

Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring
(Lot 32, Estimate $15,000-20,000)
Cartier Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Dress Clips, c. 1920s
(Lot 35, Estimate $10,000-15,000)

Also notable in the Important Jewelry auction is a large range of items fashioned by renowned jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo. Born into a family of costume jewelers in Italy, Cipullo captivated the field of fine jewelry when he arrived in the United States in 1959, and helped steer the art form in an increasingly modern and industrial direction over the course of his short but eventful career. His impactful work at David Webb, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. produced some of the most iconic designs of the 20th Century, including the famous Aldo Cipullo 18kt gold, hinged with nut and bolt closure (Lot 75, Estimate: $6,000-8,000), and a 18kt Gold Nail Ring (Lot 74, Estimate: $2,500-3,500) from the famous 1971 Cartier Collection. A surprising assemblage of Cipullo’s finest works, including rare items from his time operating a freelance atelier, will appear in the live sale, the foremost being an 18kt Gold, Blue Chalcedony and Carnelian Necklace, designed as graduating blue chalcedony rings joined by carnelian pyramids (Lot 72, Estimate: $30,000-50,000) and bearing an engraved signature by the jeweler. 

Aldo Cipullo 18kt Gold Bangle Bracelet, c. 1971
(Lot 75, Estimate $6,000-8,000)
Aldo Cipullo 18kt Gold Nail Ring
(Lot 74, Estimate $2,500-3,500)
Aldo Cipullo 18kt Gold, Blue Chalcedony, and Carnelian Necklace
(Lot 72, Estimate $30,000-50,000)

The accompanying online sale of fine jewelry includes a vast range of items with eclectic styles and backgrounds – options enough to have something for everyone. This seasonal sale features notable lots of antique jewelry, signed jewelry, art deco and mid-century items, as well as several fine standalone gems. 

About Skinner 

Skinner attracts top consignments and commands record-breaking prices in the international auction marketplace. In March 2022, Skinner was acquired by the global auction house Bonhams, simultaneously bringing Skinner to the world’s stage and providing Bonhams with greater access to the North American market. With renowned expertise and extraordinary service, Skinner is the place for buyers, sellers and the passionately curious. Skinner appraisers are familiar faces on PBS’s 19-time Emmy Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Visit us in Boston, Marlborough, New York, Maine, Florida, or online at 

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